The Storm Thief by Chris Wooding

The Storm Thief by Chris Wooding is about Orokos, a city of complete chaos. Probability storms strike everything in their path. They can pass through rock, metal, and any other substance as if it was nothing. These storms change everything they touch. Sometimes they are life altering changes, like you wake up and your lungs can no longer function, or you were right handed when you went to sleep and wake up left handed. Whole buildings get moved to new locations, and nothing is left as it was.

After Rail and Moa steal an artifact from the dark crevices of Orokos and right out from under the Mozgas’ nose, they commit a much more unpardonable sin. They don’t give it to Anya-Jacana, their “Mother” of the thieves den. The artifact is much more than either of them could have realized especially since it was from the Functional Age, when there was more knowledge and technology that seemed to have disappeared during the Fade. Rail and Moa are quickly on the run, running from more than just the other murders Anya-Jacana sent after them, they are also running from the police. Fighting through Revenants, police members, and other things that are much worse, Rail and Moa fight to break through their poorly constructed government to escape out into the ocean.

I really enjoyed this book as a young adult novel. It had dynamic characters and an incredibly unique plot. I often had a hard time putting this book down because I was always worried about what was going to happen next! Rail’s care and protection for Moa throughout the entire book really reminded me of how I always try to protect those I love from being hurt. I really loved this book and will reread it in the future!!

Jillian is a high school student who is very active in the community, the high school softball team and she plays a mean saxophone.  Jill is a voracious reader and is going to provide Novel Reaction with reviews on a regular basis (hooray!) so look for her upcoming reviews.

Chris Wooding

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Title: The Storm Thief

Author: Chris Wooding

Format: hardbound

Page Nos.: 310

ISBN: 0-439-86513-1

Publisher: Scholastic Press, Scholastic Inc.

Release Date: October 2007

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Guest Author Laura Fabiani

I am pleased to welcome author Laura Fabiani to Novel Reaction.  Laura just published her first book, Daughter of Mine.

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Nia, a Notebook and Homeopathy: Healing for the Soul by Laura Fabiani

What do the above three have in common? They helped me write my novel! Let me explain. Two years before I actually sat down and got serious about writing the story I had spinning in my head, I went through a very rough spell. I gave birth to my second child and suffered through post-partum depression, had the worst relapse of fibromyalgia, and a few months later tore an arm muscle—almost as excruciating as giving birth!

I looked like a walking zombie. My co-workers no longer recognize me. I had lost too much weight, my face was gaunt, and I couldn’t put a sentence together from the fog invading my brain. I had two children to take care of, but all I wanted to do was sleep, and maybe disappear, like…forever. Instead, I took advantage of all the loving support I had (devoted hubby, helpful Mom, doting sisters, caring congregation) and took some action. I went to see my homeopathic doctor. Within a month, the pain I had been enduring for months was gone! I began to see a light at the end of the tunnel.

My youngest sister, Katia, then introduced me to Nia. “I’m just managing to put one foot in front of the other,” I complained. “How am I supposed to do this Nia workout thing?” She ranted and raved some more until I went, thinking it was going to be the usual exercise class. I was stunned. I hadn’t had that much fun in a long, long time. Nia reawakened my creativity, my self-confidence, my sense of pleasure, my love for exploration and daring. Yes, daring. Dare I write a novel when all semblance of eloquence seemed to have vanished from my speech and thinking pattern?

I began carrying a notebook with me everywhere and scribbling in it furiously as I supervised the children at the park, the jungle gym, during bath time, and anywhere I could grab a spare moment. I was alive again, and I was celebrating! I was finally going to write that novel I dreamed of. At the time, I had no plans to publish, only to write. For those of you who have read Daughter of Mine, you will note that it is the perfect book to escape with because…well, I escaped when I was writing it. I wanted my readers to be with me in Rome and Gaeta as my main character lived her adventure.

Daughter of Mine is not just special to me because it is my first book but because I began writing it at a time in my life when I had to rediscover who I was. Writing it helped me heal—a soothing balm that eased the emotional pain that initially threatened to engulf me. It was a project born of my will to regain my life, to change the downward spiral, and to resurface new and ready to go! My advice to aspiring writers or any I’m-down-in-the-dumps-and-cannot-do-it folks: Take the right action and believe in yourself!

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Thanks to Laura for stopping by! Every author has their own process and their way of writing but regardless of their process, something magical happens when a book is written (or read).  Individuals are swept away to new places, new situations, and new events. Laura shared with us where the Magic Happens for her.