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The land of Gable--renowned for its birds, revered for its legends and secrets--is home to the grandest castle in the known world. Inside this castle, in a narrow cell atop the dungeon tower, the legendary Marauder known as James Kestrel awaits his hanging. Amidst the anticipation and speculation surrounding his execution, rumors are spreading that the Marauders will comeThe land of Gable--renowned for its birds, revered for its legends and secrets--is home to the grandest castle in the known world. Inside this castle, in a narrow cell atop the dungeon tower, the legendary Marauder known as James Kestrel awaits his hanging. Amidst the anticipation and speculation surrounding his execution, rumors are spreading that the Marauders will come out of hiding for the first time in seven years to free Kestrel and unleash the secret he so carefully guards. But only a wandering giant and a slave girl masquerading as an innkeeper know the truth. And everything will fall to the shoulders of a journeying shepherd boy . . . with no knowledge that his treacherous adventure will decide the pending fate of the world....

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kestrel s midnight song Reviews

  • Steve
    2019-05-02 08:31

    When it comes to youth fantasy, this is about as good as it gets. I kept having to remind myself how young Parker is and that this is his debut.Micah is a young shepherd on a mission to deliver his sheep to King Darius. Robynn is a slave girl who just wants to stay out of trouble. Drift is a giant with far more brawn than brains. Three unlikely heroes who wind up in the middle of a plot by the Marauders to overthrow the king and take control of the castle. By the time his journey is through, Micah will learn his true identity and understand his confused past.This is an amazingly well-written story with a solid Christian foundation that young and old readers alike will enjoy. Faith, forgiveness, redemption, and salvation are all covered in this entertaining fantasy. Look for what's coming next from Jacob Parker. No doubt there will be many more where this one came from.

  • Christina
    2019-05-07 04:50

    In Kestrel’s Midnight Song J. R. Parker introduces us to a wonderful and imaginative world of fantasy. Action packed and full of rich characters this page turner kept me enthralled and feverishly reading through to the last word. Parker is wonderfully descriptive; I actually found myself gasping aloud at the twists and turns each character encountered on their way. I could hardly wait to see where his unique journey was going to take me next and now I am anxiously awaiting the sequel.

  • Lauren
    2019-05-06 06:46

    When I got the chance to pre-read and review J.R. Parker’s Kestrel’s Midnight Song, I jumped at the chance. It describes itself as being an adventure novel for younger readers, but seems to be more about the journey than the ultimate goal. The characters were a motley bunch, and could feel irrational mush of the time.The hero is but a lowly shepherd, his only goal is to get to the palace to deliver his sheep to the king’s weaver. Micah sets off on his journey unaware of the flute, the Marauders, or his own part in a conspiracy of epic proportions. James Kestrel, High Captain of the Marauders, is to be hanged and only he knows the location of the mysterious Caelum Flute. An item of power so great that supposedly its owner could wreak terrible destruction upon the world, the flute is much sought after by everyone from the Marauders to simple thieves. It is up to Micah, tavern girl Robbyn, and the giant Drift to discover and stop the Marauders’ plot.Micah is either courageous and dedicated to his mission and his sheep, or rather dull and driven by a fear of his master and the world around him. His entire journey prior to meeting Robbyn and Drift seemed to consist of taking care of his sheep and stumbling into trouble after trouble. Many of his mannerisms and behaviors are heroic, but in the situations he finds himself in just come across as foolhardy. Robbyn and Drift seem to be written more as two halves of the same character than as two separate beings. Robbyn is the leader, the brain, and the emotions. She directs Drift’s actions to a grand degree but has to be rescued on a regular basis, seemingly to maintain a sense of action within the novel. Drift provides the brawn of the pair, he is impulse and strength and sheer will. He pulls along the action scenes that Micah cannot win with wit. The three fit well together, but lack the cohesiveness of many other fantasy parties.The writing felt nearly poetic in some parts, but stilted and flat in others. Several points of dialogue were typed in such a way that it felt wrong for the character speaking. Everyone seemed to roar out lines, even physically small characters that shouldn’t have the voice for it. My biggest problem was probably that about one hundred pages from the end, everyone suddenly got religion. There was no lead up to its inclusion, and it felt awkward after it had been introduced. The use of religion seemed to be there more to wrap up the ending than to give a real message. Given the problems I had while reading, I can still honestly say that I had a good time reading it. I would probably suggest it to an audience younger than myself, and for those who enjoy soft fantasy with a touch of the dark.

  • Laura
    2019-05-04 04:35

    I received this book as an advance readers copy. I thought the cover artwork was well done and I loved the magnificent bird. The huge bird were thought-out and displayed quite nicely as the cover art, it didn't have any cheesy elements or design flaws (that I could tell). The story's beginning was intriguing and left you wanting to know what happened next. I also thought the minor characters were well-rounded and had distinct personalities.I wanted the main characters to be more fleshed-out, I never felt like I truly got to know them as well as I should have. I saw what they were doing through the course of the story, but I'm not sure if I knew exactly why they felt called to do the things they did. I wanted a better picture of what was going on inside their heads. Some of the story details were a little lacking - I didn't know why certain things happened or I was confused with how some of the characters had decided upon an action.There were a couple parts in the story where I didn't follow the events because the timeline was unclear. I also felt like there were some gaps in the plot where things were left unexplained or things were resolved too quickly. While I was interested in how the story was going, I didn't feel like some of the trials that happened were as difficult as I would have liked. I felt like the characters accomplished their tasks too easily. Some of the dialogue was a stiff or cumbersome. I didn't like Bart because I couldn't understand him, he didn't seem to serve much of a purpose (besides one factor). I felt like his character wasn't deep enough - sometimes I thought he was incredibly dull and I couldn't see why Micah would bother having him around at all. I felt like there was a lot of things left unsaid about his personality and I didn't see how well he fit into the story.I didn't see the twist at the end and I thought the author did a good job of masking how that played out. I was surprised, but it was a good surprise. This book was written while the author was a teenager and while it did have an interesting and original concept, I thought some of the follow-through needed work. The main characters needed to be more developed and some of the plot structures needed tweaking to ensure a smooth and enjoyable read. I thought it was an interesting read and had good aspects, I just think it needs to be more polished before I could recommend it.*Taken from my book reviews blog: http://reviewsatmse.blogspot.com/2010...

  • Mashal
    2019-04-26 06:35

    One thing I'm going to say off the bat- it's REALLY good for a story written by a young author! It really is. I got an early copy through the author- it was quite enjoyable. There are many parts in the book in which the writing is beautifully done, and the storyline itself is one of originality and thought. But there were parts that seemed...flat...and sort of rushed. The book itself is written from multiple views, in which I think is quite hard to do well. There are two main views in which the story is told- one from a shepherd named Micah, and another from Robbyn and Drift. There are other tangents in the story from other characters, but these two/three characters are the bulk of it. Micah is a simple boy- one who simply wants to protect his sheep, but is forced to undergo a dangerous mission, of which he has no idea what it is, because his master tells him to. Later on, he meets up with Bart, who is a man slightly off his rocker, but can be very surprising. Then we have Robbyn, who was a slave of the Marauders. One evening, the Marauders come to her inn, and burn it, with her in it all tied up. That would be where Drift comes in, saving her and ending up staying with her as her bodyguard. Now amidst all of this, there is James Kestrel, who is locked up in the King's dungeon, and sentenced to death. The Marauders, who Kestrel is the leader of, have plans to set him free. And while the story is being told, we have sword fights, escapes, and mythical beasts hopping along for the train ride.The ending itself is one that is quite a twist, and one that is hard to see coming. When it comes down to it, this book is quite wonderful for a (semi)quick read. Mind you, there will be some bumps along the way, but if you push through, you will find it worthwhile. I hope to see more work from this author- he is one to look out for :)

  • Jennifer
    2019-04-25 09:58

    I received this boook as a first-reads giveaway. I am glad I entered this giveway. This book was very enjoyable to read. It contained everything I would expect a good fantasy novel to and more. The main character goes on a life-changing journey. Along the way he meets interesting characters and faces many dangers. This book was full of action and suspense and the plot keeps you guessing till the end. The book is filled with imaginative, descriptive language that brings the world of this novel to life. There are dangerous beasts and raging storms, as well as beautiful countryside and wildlife.I also enjoyed the transformations that the characters undergo throughout the course of the novel...there are universal themes of growth and change for the better and the physical journeys they undertake are also reflective of their inner journeys. I would recommend Kestrel's Midnight Song to a wide range of readers. It would be appropriate for almost any age, young adults through seniors and anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel. Overall, I would say that J.R. Parker is a talented writer and I look forward to his next novel.

  • Candace
    2019-05-11 07:40

    J. R. Parker's Christian Teen Fantasy, Kestrel's Midnight Song, is a riveting, page turner from start to finish. Micah faces many trials and challenges as he travels with his sheep to Gable Castle. Along the journey he is rescued by Robbyn and Drift, who are racing to save the Castle from the Marauder King and his band. Isaac Ganthorn is racked with guilt searching for a hope of redemption. Bart is a fool but he is more than he appears to be. Interwoven within all these characters' fates are the mystery of the Caelum Flute and the story of James Kestrel. Journey with them through this adventure and discover the answers to the mystery.Parker's Teen Fantasy novel is an extremely-crafted book with well-drawn out characters and complex subplots and plot lines. The reader is attracted to the characters by tracing their challenges and trials while noticing the interwoven Christian symbolism throughout the storyline. The vocabulary is rich and challenging. I recommend Kestrel's Midnight Song for Teen Fantasy booklovers and libraries.

  • Kathleen Walls
    2019-05-01 03:55

    I had the chance to pre-read Kestrel's Midnight Song and I was very happy that I had the opportunity to do so. This book was definitely an adventure from the very first page. The characters are well thought up and truly unique individuals. I grew to them throughout the novel. I found J.R. Parker's choice of words to be incredible. It allowed me to get the King Arthur time era feel. It is a wonderful mystery with a twist of fantasy. This story flowed and had me turning the pages in anticipation because I could not wait to find out what happened next. This book is full of imagination and is a wonderful read for anyone. I highly recommend it!

  • Kat Heckenbach
    2019-04-30 06:41

    Part of me wanted to give this book four stars instead of five ONLY because I want to be able to give an even higher mark for J.R. Parker's future works. There WILL be future works for this new author. Parker was only nineteen when Kestrel's Midnight Song released, which means he's a young talent who has years to grow--not that he needs many. This book is a very strong start for him. Wonderful characterization, a solid plot, and vivid imagery. The story was told with surprising skill, especially when you consider the author's age--but even when you don't consider it. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and am very looking forward to the day my kids are old enough to read it!

  • Samantha Cutler
    2019-04-27 03:30

    Kestrel's Midnight Song is a fantastic story. I found it impossible to put this book down once I began it until I was done that is. The characters are vividly real and draw the reader in until one cannot help, but have a deep connection with them and their trials. Readers of this fine book will realize that they have as much of a stake in the outcome as any of the main characters do. It is a creative and enjoyable read that will mesmerize people of all ages.

  • Michelle
    2019-04-27 09:37

    This book starts you off with mystery and intrigue from the get go. I would share thid book with any who want a good fantasy book that they wont be able to put down till their done with it.

  • Robert Treskillard
    2019-05-19 01:34

    An excellent debut novel!

  • Adelehajicek
    2019-04-22 03:30

    A few months ago, I read Jacob Parker’s book, Kestrel’s Midnight Song. I had heard about it before since my brother did CGI work for Jacob’s book-trailer, but I hadn’t heard enough to comprehend what an incredible read it would be. It hooked me quickly! I whizzed through it in two car drives and was shocked by the clear-eyed perspective and depth of insight displayed by the author. I would never have guessed it’d be SO AWESOME!Kestrel’s Midnight Song is about a young shepherd boy called Micah, who won’t stop breaking the rules laid down by his psychotically horrible master. Mostly, the rules concern how to raise his sheep:‘Never name your sheep—never assist another shepherd with their sheep—never trade, sell, or buy sheep. And never, ever, EVER—risk the lives of yourself or your flock to rescue one sheep in danger.’Micah doesn’t heed this for some reason and always insists on diving to the rescue of his little straying sheep, even if blizzards threaten. It is his deep affection for his sheep which singles him out for a perilous quest whose end he cannot know, and upon which rests the fate of the Kingdom of Gable and the Green Isles. And in the end, only sacrificial love on his part will suffice to save both sheep and kingdom.The story follows several other characters as well, such as a chivalrous, blue-eyed giant named Drift who rescues Robbyn (a young slave) after her secrets are revealed. And to make a pun, I can’t forget Isaac Ganthorn, one of the best-depicted characters in Kestrel’s Midnight Song. He is a Marauder who is continually haunted by the memory of the shepherd boy’s eyes, which look forever sleepy and innocent.But since ALL the characters are interesting, I better run through them! There’s the Marauder King (shocking and terrifying, especially his gold tooth. That part was done with excellence) and Captain Lewell, who waits impatiently for his promotion to being the Marauder King’s second. Or Bart the nonsensical who is truly clever.Or Gretchen, the former King’s Wool-Spinner who informs us that everyone needs forgiveness & healing, and no-one is perfect, even old ladies like herself. And of course, there is the strange matter of Micah’s father, who as it turns out is lesser than Micah; or Samuel Kamloop whose life-long passion is conversing with birds, much to his detriment. Nor should I omit James Kestrel himself, who gets his name on the cover and whose hanging is due all through the book.This book's plot works perfectly and left me baffled and guessing all the way to the dramatic, twist-and-turn end! Masterful, vivid storytelling combines with tightly sequenced and meaningful events to climax in the most striking way I have ever seen. If the book is an inside look at the author’s head, then Jacob Parker must be a genius. The entire book fits together like so many wheels and cogs within an intricate device, each one interlocking, each one depending on the rest. This book also has to be the most pristinely clean book imaginable while being widely alert to detail & realism. Jacob’s terrific sense of humor is, therefore, just icing on the cake.

  • Jake Scholl
    2019-05-15 08:33

    Summary: A Sheppard boy is sent on a mission to take his sheep to the King to be sheared. Or so he’s told. Or is something more sinister at work? When I first saw the cover for the book it looked like a normal stereotypical fantasy. On the inside an author compared J.R. Parker to Christopher Paolini. I could literally find hundreds of fantasies where there is a little blurb that says “Better than…. [Insert popular author here.]” And the book ends up being subpar. I had high expectations. And it delivered. The story takes place in a medieval setting, in a land called Gable. Being a Christian fantasy, there is no magic. And I’m ok with it. I’m tired of Harry Potter esque fantasy. It is a refreshing break. But, the plausibility of this fictional land was strained. On one page , someone talks about “Asian silk”. How can there be Asian silk in a land that is not on Earth? Then said character calls another character a “tight fella”? So that character is a mobster? Besides these low points, the world building is awesome. Another thing I loved was the prose. It was snappy and to the point. Think Hemingway. And yes I compared it to Hemingway, totally guilty. Last but not least, let’s talk about the characters. The characters lived and breathed as if they were real people. The villains were just as complex as our heroes. Even one repented for his transgressions. It was weird at first. I’ve never seen a villain change in a Fantasy. It reinforced what the Bible says. Anyone can change. Overall I give this book 4 out of 5 stars! If you don’t have this book, buy it. It won’t let you down.

  • Deborah O'Carroll
    2019-05-10 07:56

    Masterfully done!In Kestrel's Midnight Song, teenage author Jacob Parker stunned me with his genius, weaving a tale of adventure, faith, suspense, intrigue and mystery.Never before has a book surprised me like this one--it is full of the most amazing and unexpected plot twists that kept me guessing until the final pages. It was incredible. The stunningly spectacular climax literally took my breath away! It includes memorable and lovable characters like the stalwart shepherd boy Micah, troubled tavern owner Robbyn, dreadful and dedicated giant Drift, and crafty, confused, hilarious Bart! The Aegre Bird was breathtaking and the Beast one of the most terrifying things ever, with the Caelum Flute adding a marvelous flair. My only complaint is that it was over too soon--I am desperately awaiting a sequel! Full of excellent adventures and several very unique ideas that I've never encountered the like of before, it is a cleverly put together, very well-written book. J. R. Parker, in the words of Balin, "I take off my hood to you."Kestrel's Midnight Song holds a special place in my heart and on my shelf. I recommend it for what it is--a truly magnificent book!

  • Valerie
    2019-05-18 05:28

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading Kestrel’s Midnight Song. I was initially hesitant to read it because the description mentioned the book having a Christian theme to it, and I wasn’t completely thrilled with the idea. Now having read the book, I don’t know why I worried at all; the small religious parts weren’t as overpowering as I had feared they might be, and they seemed like they had been added as an afterthought. Truthfully, it wasn’t like anything I’d expected; I thought it was going to focus more on Kestrel’s imprisonment and escape, not on Micah, the shepherd boy, and his journey. Once I started reading it, I didn’t want to put it down. The storyline was a little predictable, but was fun all the same. While Micah fared too well for some of the stunts he pulled, the book had realistic details in the adrenaline-rush scenes, and had some small humor spots scattered throughout. There were a few stagnant parts, but they were balanced well with the rest of the book. I would like to hear more about each of the characters in future books, especially some more adventures and back history on Robbyn and Drift.

  • Marcie
    2019-04-19 04:52

    This book follows the journey of Micah, a shepherd, who would do anything to protect his sheep even risk his own life. He is part of a plan that he knows nothing about. A plan to help free Kestrel. On his journey he meets Bart, an unusual traveling companion who wears a mysterious symbol that is also branded on Micah's sheep. Micah also meets Robbyn and Drift. Robbyn is a girl trying to hide the fact that she is a slave. Drift is a giant and sworn protector of Robbyn. They are all traveling to the same destination for different reasons. On their journey they run into all sorts of fierce creatures including the Marauders. The Marauders fight, steal, cheat, murder and lie. One Marauder, Issac Ganthorn, is starting to feel guilty about his past. He has nightmares about the crimes he has committed. This story is full of monsters, greed, friendship, forgiveness, love, redemption and self sacrifice. It also has good battle scenes. I think this book is good for anyone who likes fantasy and adventure.

  • Jill Williamson
    2019-04-24 05:55

    Slave girl, Robbyn, is nearly burned to death in a fire set by the Marauder King. Drift, a giant, rescues her. Together they set off to warn King Darius that the Marauder King plans to attack the land of Gable. But will they get there in time? And even if they do, will anyone believe the claims of a slave girl and a giant?Shepherd boy, Micah, embarks on a journey. He must deliver a herd of sheep to the Gable Kingdom Castle. King Darius has requested that the sheep's wool be sheared for his wardrobe. Many dangers await Micah on this long journey. And little does he know that the fate of the kingdom rests on his shoulders.Kestrel's Midnight Song is a solid addition to the fantasy genre. Jacob Parker writes an imaginative tale, filled with adventure, mystery, and unique characters. The storylines intertwine and keep the reader turning the pages, desperate to see how it will all work out. There are several plot twists that surprised me. I can't wait to see if there will be a sequel.

  • Valerie
    2019-04-25 04:36

    First of all, I'd like to thank Mr. Parker for letting me to be one of the few to pre-read his book. Although I thought it wasn't the best, I truly think he has the potential to become a great author.All I really have to say about this book is it was okay. It was neither really great, nor was it really horrible. It had a good plot, but I felt it could have been written better. At first while reading the synopsis I felt that this book would be packed with adventure and keep me glued to the page. After reading it, however, I was disappointed. Even though it had adventure I felt it really could have been written better. I feel that the author has the potential to be a great writer, but he just has to develop his writing a bit more.

  • OldProfessor
    2019-05-10 04:38

    = A fun read. Seems to get more and more exciting as the story rolls along. = The mountain scenery comes alive during all the journeys through the mountains - not surprising cuz I guess the author has lived in Idaho all his life. I did a lot of backpacking along the John Muir Trail in California several years ago, and I can relate. = There are several ocean scenes too - if the author wrote them from personal experience in or near Idaho, he must have spent some time on a large lake and sometimes during stormy weather.= Maybe it needs a list of characters? I can't wait for the Sparc Notes!

  • N.R. Tomasheski
    2019-05-16 01:37

    Fast-paced, with unique characters - the latter a pleasant surprise in today's glutted fantasy field! The story reveals itself through interwoven character arcs, which connection you may or may not intuit. They're not always what you might expect!Each main character is well-developed and three-dimensional. Often, in a book with interwoven arcs, there's a character or two in whom I'm less interested. That didn't happen here; I cared about them all.A note for animal lovers: there are scenes of animals in peril, all of which turn out all right - in fact, that's a bit of the point. Keep a tissue handy, but don't be afraid!

  • Kristie
    2019-05-08 04:48

    This story kept jumping back and forth between characters, and I kept trying to figure out how they were all going to come together in the end. The plot was entertaining, and I really liked the main characters. The conclusion was good and explained most everything satisfactorily. My only complaint is that I would have liked to find out a little bit more of Robbyn's and Drift's stories. I was also sort of surprised when Christian viewpoints were brought up (although they never specifically say "Christian" or "Jesus," it was kind of easy to see what was meant) because it I just wasn't expecting it in a story full of fantasy creatures and monsters.

  • Chris
    2019-05-01 09:51

    J.R. Parker's debut into the literary world couldn't have been better. Though still in his teens, his craftsmanship is on par with Rowling's and his world-building skills are up there with Tolkien's. As I zipped through this book, totally engrossed with the story, I lost sense of time and place. I lived and breathed with the characters, and every surprising plot turn threw me for a loop. The motley crew populating Kestrel's Midnight Song are a charming bunch; unique and captivating. After the last page fell, I immediately began to miss them all--even the villains. I'll be waiting anxiously for Parker to spin his next breathtaking tale.

  • Margaret Metz
    2019-04-23 06:38

    I enjoyed this book and I think it was especially well done considering the age of the author and the fact that it is shorter than most novels. Having said that, the larger number of viewpoints made it difficult to really get to know those characters in that short time frame. It made me wish he'd either made the story longer or had us focus on fewer people. It was an imaginative story with an unexpected twist at the end.I think we can expect great things from this author if he keeps writing.

  • Daniel
    2019-05-19 03:32

    Despite my mom's statement that it was "from one dragon boy to another," I was disappointed to find that there weren't really any dragons in this book. On the other hand, this author is 18! And to write a book with such a plot, that is truly amazing. I was carried through from beginning to end. There were some very good plot twists, a few details and ends that never got resolved, but a very good book nonetheless.

  • Noah Arsenault
    2019-05-03 01:53

    Explore the land of Gable! Take a ride on the elusive Aegre bird! Join the search for the legendary Caelum flute! The adventure is thick with many fantastical scapes and creatures! The plot is developed with mastery. Everything falls into place neatly, without me suspecting it’s conclusion.The inn-servant girl and the giant could have more involvement and purpose in the story. There isn’t enough thrilling material to make you read all night, but it isn’t boring either.My rating: 4.5 stars

  • Pam R.
    2019-05-14 03:55

    I read the online pdf. version of this book. It is a well written story that will appeal to the young adult reader. The author, also a young adult, has a wonderful mastery of language.The tale is a short one, not the tome of Rowling, or the development of characters. A much faster 'read' that will draw in those who think they don't like to read! It has nasty villians (boo hiss), heroic heros (applause), lots of fun scenic descriptions & a fine storyline.Well done, Mr Parker!!

  • Nancy
    2019-05-06 03:35

    I wanted to like this one a lot more. Maybe because I read a PDF version, it seemed to read a bit choppy ... I thought it moved around just a little too quickly, felt as if it were trying too hard to include too much, and I'd have liked to known the characters just a bit better. They seemed a bit superficial, and needed to be fleshed out a little. The story itself was a good one, but I have to put this on the "OK" shelf - rather than the "great" shelf".

  • Katie
    2019-04-27 04:47

    This book was great! There was a strong sense of place, the characters were well developed, and the plot was intriguing. The whole time I was reading the book, I kept trying to figure out how all the pieces of the puzzle would fit together, and I have to say that I am pretty pleased with the way it all played out in the end. This book is definitely worth recommending, and I'll be passing it on to friends and family.

  • Kandyce Barber
    2019-04-28 06:45

    This book was shared with me by a student. A fun fantasy story, with several interesting threads going on at once. Micah, a shepherd boy is chosen to journey with his sheep across the kingdom to the castle. His journey is hampered by evil Marauders who have plans to take over the kingdom themselves.