Renegade Skyfarer Review + Interview

Today, and ever on into the future of this website, I have the pleasure of introducing you to yet another new book. Books come so thick and so fast, and I hope my review will help you decide if this is one you want to read. I just checked nine books out of the library, and though one (The Story Peddler) was for Brother 3, and I have fair number of kitchen and garden books among them, it’s still quite enough with my  writing schedule.

Enough about me now. Time to hear all about Renegade Skyfarer. Make sure you read all the way to the bottom so you don’t miss the interview, and find the invitation for the Facebook party which is later today.

About the Book

The airship crew saved Ben’s life from a dragon, of all things.

When Ben wakes up, he has no memory of his family, his home, or how he got to this strange world. All he knows is what his new crew members tell him: the magical Barrier that protects their land is weakening. Unless they find the artifact that can repair it, all of Terrene will be destroyed and enslaved by the enemies beyond.

But when Ben suspects that danger may lurk closer than dragons or sky pirates, he has to decide: stay and fight with the airship crew, or focus on regaining his lost memory? If he leaves, he risks losing his newfound friends–but if he stays, he might never return home.

Welcome to Terrene–where dragons exist, the past haunts, and magic is no myth.

Welcome aboard the Sapphire.

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My Review

Renegade Skyfarer, where do I start?

It’s an exciting, action packed story with plenty of intriguing elements. The world is fascinating. It’s got skyships, and cities as is common in steampunk, but it’s also got dinosaurs. Or dragons if you prefer to call them that. But they’re definitely dinosaurs despite having some elemental powers. A plodder is a herbivore with plates all down its back and spikes on its tail. It’s a stegosaurus, and it’s awesome. There’s also terrors that can fly, and a few others. I like dino-dragons.

Then there’s the characters. First Ben, the amnesiac. He has no idea where he’s from, and can’t even remember some major things about the world. So he wants to find out where he belongs. But he doesn’t complain about it. He’s just a straight out nice person. He manages to find a place on the Sapphire despite certain people who don’t like this new guy.

Then there’s Jade, the captain’s daughter, who wants to become an airship captain herself, but feels like she’s stifled by her father. She’s not a character I connect with hugely. I’ve got dreams that sometimes feel out of reach, but they’re such different dreams to hers.  She’s also dealing with the man she likes distancing her sometimes, and being over protective at others. So someone whose position I don’t want to be in.

There’s also Captain Slate, and various other members of the crew, and people they know it the cities, royals, clansmen and nuisances. (Mostly royal nuisances.) They’re a mixture of friends, enemies, allies, and dubious people.

There are secret in this book. Lots of secrets. Revealed well, and twisting the story at just the right time. Some of the answers… Well, you’ll have to read the book to find out what Geist really is up to, where the person named Blade fits in, and what’s up with the barrier.

Yet despite the well crafted story, the excellent world building (magic and dragon hunting airships), I didn’t connect deeply with it. I liked the characters, but I couldn’t quite connect. And I didn’t feel a strong theme in it. There probably is a theme there, I just couldn’t identify it. I don’t know what the book was trying to say. And though I am curious, I’m not going to be anxiously awaiting the next book. I wouldn’t turn down a chance to read the next one, but Renegade Skyfarer didn’t make it onto the List of Books I Really Love.

But if you like dinosaurs, steampunk, intriguing secrets and characters who can’t remember their possibly tragic past, check this out. Maybe you’ll find something I didn’t.

About the Author

During the day, Becky is a stay at home mom of two active little boys. When she has ‘free time’, she enjoys reading, writing, baking and sewing.

After many years of creative writing classes, writing fanfiction drabbles and daydreaming, it was high time to start writing her husband Mike’s story. She dove into the world of Terrene and hasn’t looked back—except for when she runs out of dark chocolate.

Any free time not spent in Terrene is typically expended on hosting dinner and game nights, running amok with the two little monkeys or watching nerdy movies with Mike.

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Interview with Becky

I got to interview Becky, and I decided to go with just a few questions. Some simply ones and a few deeper ones. It seems that they were all deeper than I (and Becky) first thought.

-Favourite colour?

Funny how such a simple question is actually so difficult! Favorite color to wear? Favorite color in my house?

My favorite color to wear (aside from black) would probably be red or blue. Or purple or green. Jewel tones. I like jewel tones.

For my house, both in colors and elements, think of it as a Dwarf and a Hobbit made a home together. Earth tones with Hobbit patches of color (specifically visible in quilts, pillows, etc), and stone or wood whenever possible for everything else.

But if I had to pick one color, and only one color…I want to say black, yet I feel like that’s a bit of a cop-out, as so many writers and nerds and even muggles like black. Hngh, blue or red, blue or red?… Blue. I’d say my favorite color is blue. (and it’s the color of my original Voltron lion.

-What is the funniest thing that has happened to you recently?  

I admit being stuck on this question for a bit, until my husband pointed to the chair I’m sitting in and asked what number this is. This is the third chair I’ve had at this desk in this year alone. I have broken the two chairs prior.

We play D&D with our ‘Framily’ group every Thursday night. We’re scattered across the country in different states, so we’re forced to use video chat and Roll20, and we’re all glued to our desks while we play. Well, we’re a lively bunch when we’re into our spunky characters, and I’m the habitual desk-slapping, laugh-to-the-point-of-tears member. Twice now, one or another in the group have gotten me to laugh hard enough that I’ve rocked back in my chair and have had it splinter and shatter under me. Whoomp! And Becky has gone missing from the screen! What’s that sound of hysterical laughter? Oh, another chair broke. Ch-ch-chaair breeakerr!

So we’ll see how long this chair holds up for. Once this one is gone (because it’s totally going to die this year), I’ll have to find a new set that isn’t so old and flimsy as these that originated from our nearly ten-year-old dining room table set!

-What author is your biggest inspiration?

**blinking** Seriously now. At first glance, these questions seemed innocuous and simple, but answering them is actually very difficult! You do a great job asking questions that require much thought.

The author that stands out the most to me would have to be Kathy Tyers, as I dearly loved her Firebird Trilogy in high school, and all through the years to now. I had the honor of meeting her in person (as well as emailing with her), and she’s the author I want to be when I grow up. Lively, personable, warm, and with several excellent books that reach through the pages and touch the readers heart.

The fire bird Trilogy is a great read. I read the Author Annotated one volume version, and learn all about what Kathy Tyers thinks of her own stories. I also have lectures of hers from the Realm Makers Conference,

-Favourite thing about writing Renegade Skyfarer?

Aside from the times when I’d cackle maniacally, knowing that one particular reader of mine would be anguished about this particular scene, or that particular comment?…

Writing Renegade Skyfarer was interesting, as it required me to take on the different voices of various characters, and each of them have some element or aspect of me in them–for good or ill. It allowed me to tap into my broken bits, my optimism, my youthful energy, my darker side, and in pulling those out, it’s allowed some healing to start. I didn’t even realize how much I needed that, until it began. God has been good in using this book to help me process aspects of myself and my worldview, and I can only hope the same for my readers of both Renegade, as well as the books following.

I hope so too. I can see some of that in there. I feel that connection with some of my own characters. They help me sort out life and what I’m going through, what I’m feeling.

Thank you Becky for doing this interview. I enjoyed your answers.


Let’s Party!

Calling all book readers! Join author RJ Metcalf as we chat about her fantasy novel RENEGADE SKYFARER on July 6th from 8 PM to 10 PM EST (7 PM CST and 5 PM PST).

Grab your favorite drink and snack and be prepared for a fun time of chatting with RJ, games, and giveaways.

Special guests S D Grimm and Jamie Foley, Authorwill also be sharing their books and joining in the fun.



Giveaway Time!

Want to dive into a new world or in need of a good book? Enter to win a signed print copy of Renegade Skyfarer, a Stones of Terrene notepad and pen, Notebook of Writing, and bracelet! (US only.) (Sad, but i’m not an overly caffeinated introvert. I’m an under-caffeinated extrovert. )

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  1. Laura A. Grace

    This was such a great review, Brie! I love how you broke it down, but not getting into the epic spoilers of this book. Also, I still feel so slow in realizing that the dragons are very similar to dinosaurs. LOL!

    Very good interview too!

    • Brie Donning

      Yes, there’s so many spoilers. I’m glad you like the review.

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