Lightfinder Paperback – Jun 16 2014
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With an artist's eye and a storyteller's soaring imagination, Aaron Paquette has written a page-turner. I found myself rooting hard for Aisling, Eric and their beloved Kokum. This book is a hugely engaging cautionary tale: the stakes are high if we keep giving in to our appetites. But there is great light in Lightfinder. Congratulations, Aaron, on this strong debut.-Shelagh Rogers O.C.,Host, co-creator "The Next Chapter" CBC Radio OneAs a fan of Aaron Paquette's dazzling artwork, I am in awe of the vision and craft behind The Lightfinder Saga. If you loved Stephen King's The Stand and the worlds that Neil Gaiman can create, you will love these characters who are fighting for humanity's survival. Bravo! -Richard Van Camp, author of The Lesser Blessed, Angel Wing Splash Pattern and Godless but Loyal to Heaven.
About the Author
Aaron Paquette is First Nations/Métis. He is married, has children and is visited by a shadowy dark raven called depression. Despite that, or because of it, he hopes to share what a gift every day can be. Lightfinder is Paquette's debut fantasy novel for young adults. He lives in Edmonton, Alberta.
Top Customer Reviews
The heroine is real...sometimes stroppy teen, sometimes the woman she is growing to be...while facing and dealing with some of the more painful aspects of life and growing up in the world of here and now. The fact that this book also brings in some fantasy and some ancient lore, just makes it so powerful.
The struggles of Eric, again with the fantasy and ancient legends of the first nations people, were exceptionally fascinating. Evil, or darkness or negativity, however you wish to call it, is plainly and beautifully presented to illustrate that we all have choice regardless of what context or situations life hands us. Even when the choices are ugly or limited, Aaron Paquette makes it clear that choice is always key for the characters in this book.
As someone who grew up with a fierce love of mythology, this book re awoke the wonder and awe of the power of myth. It also resonated strongly with my love of symbolism and the theory of the collective unconscious.
I would be thrilled to see this in my children's school library. It is refreshing, it offers wisdom and hope, and it made me remember that this planet is a living entity that we are meant to be in harmony with, not opposed to.
Aaron Paquette, via this book, helped me touch the child I left behind and honestly left me feeling a little less cynical about life and our place and potentials in this life.
Why four stars? While the book design and the story are equally beautiful, this book could have been better edited and proofed. That kind of bugs me. If you are more charitable than I and can see past it, feel free to colour in that fifth star.
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