About the Book
Book: For Whom The Sun Sings
Author: W.A. Fulkerson
Genre: Young Adult Fiction / Religious / Christian / Fantasy
Release Date: March 17, 2020
The world is blind…then one boy is born with sight.
Nestled in a mountain haven, the remaining people of the world live in a village that is ordinary but strict. A severe peace must be kept severely, as they say. It’s all that keeps them from descending into the chaos that claimed the world a hundred years ago.
Led by the Prophet Valdas and his Regents, the villagers work, play, marry, and have families. They gather in ceremony once a year to celebrate their Day of Remembrance. Life is planned, precise, and predictable until the special abilities of eleven-year-old Andrius threaten to undermine it all.
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This is a great fantasy book for young adults. The author does a wonderful job of getting his point across without making it in your face; it’s weaved wonderfully into the story and characters. I have to say that the characters in this book were my favorite part of it. Anyone who knows me personally, knows I have a deep love of characters in stories. It’s why I write character-driven stories as opposed to plot-driven stories. Characters are what allow us to really connect with a story and its meaning; we all like to see a little bit of ourselves in the books we choose to read. The characters in this book are so realistic and you can’t help but want to reach in and hug poor Andrius at several points in the story. His character stands out because even though he’s so young, he understands the importance of the truth and holding to the truth even in the face of persecution. I loved that the author did this. It’s an important lesson in today’s day and age. The only thing that I really didn’t like about this book was the way it ended. I wanted something more from it, but that’s just me. It doesn’t really affect how much I enjoyed the rest of the book. I would definitely recommend this book to those who love young adult fantasy books. I think you’ll fall in love with Andrius’ story too.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Celebrate Lit and Enclave, this in no way influenced my review. All opinions are my own.
About the Author
W. A. Fulkerson is the author of ten books, including Writing With Purpose: A Step-By-Step Guide to Producing Your Best Book. He works in film as a screenwriter, having written the award-winning documentary Save My Seoul with Jubilee Media. He teaches regularly at San Diego Writers, Ink in Point Loma, CA. Fulkerson is a voracious reader across genres, but J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, Isaac Asimov, Michael Crichton, T. H. White, Pablo Neruda, and John Donne are particular favorites. In his free time, he enjoys coaching wrestling, training in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, and studying languages. He lives in San Diego with his wife and son.
More from W.A. Fulkerson
You know the feeling.
Your co-worker is clearly lying again and again, but your boss doesn’t see it. People in your neighborhood keep voting for the same crooked politicians, but they don’t listen when you suggest an alternative. You know you’d be the perfect couple if he/she only gave you a chance. You’ve found the secret to living a better, freer life, but no one else cares to participate.
Sometimes, it seems like the whole world has gone crazy, and you’re the only one who refuses to swallow the crazy pills. It’s an aggravating feeling, and it lies at the heart of my new novel For Whom the Sun Sings.
It’s dedicated “To everyone who has ever felt alone in knowing the truth,” but the book is not an allegory. It doesn’t hint at political points or try to convince you of anything. It’s a catharsis, vented by way of a story that will hopefully have you putting off your to-do list so you can finish the book. (A lot of the advance readers have read it in just one day, which makes me feel good, as the author.)
The main character, Andrius, is the ultimate expression of that frustrated feeling of something being so clear to you, but you lack the ability to explain to, cajole, or convince anyone. Writing it felt like healing, for that reason, and I hope it’s refreshing to you as well.
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