"Normal" means different things to different people. For 16-year-old Sadie Larcen, family dynamics look a little different than most. Parents with oddball occupations? Normal. Five homeschooled siblings - one with autism? Normal.
Police knocking on the door and parents gone missing? Definitely not normal!
When Sadie uncovers the reasons behind her parents' disappearance and the truth about her heritage, she despairs of ever feeling normal again. Especially when she learns that her mother's interest in Bigfoot, dwarves, and other lore extends beyond her popular blog. Sadie's family has been entrusted with keeping the secrets of the Tethered World - home to creatures that once roamed the Garden of Eden.
Sadie and her siblings must venture into this land to rescue their parents. Stepping out of reality and into a world she never knew existed is a journey Sadie fears and resents, but she chooses to risk all to save her family.
She's just not sure she will survive in the process.
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The Tethered World is a delightful book that draws you in to the life of, what initially seems to be, a normal large family. As the book progresses, their not so normal adventures ensue while they live out their destined responsibilities as watch keepers of an underground world hidden from the view of everyday humans.
I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this audio version while doing housework, driving and relaxing by the pool. I can't wait to share it with my now 3 month old son once he gets older. A family tradition/classic for sure!
This adventure is fast-paced with well written dialogue and healthy plot and character development. Parallels to the Narnia story, with siblings tumbling into an mysterious world where they are given high-stakes responsibilities, will make this a winner for fans of the CS Lewis classics. As in many fantasy stories, the protagonist of this book is a little flat compared to the supporting characters, though this may make it easier for readers to insert themselves into the fantasy.
The narrator for this audible recording has an impressive command of accents, and the production quality includes some cool sound editing.
The special effects and voices by the narrator
The different voices
The leprechaun that they met at the start of the story. He was the first inhabitant that they encountered and was a bit crazy.
The Tethered World is a great book for all ages. It chronicles the journey of Sadie Larcen and her siblings as they enter a new world looking to rescue their parents. I loved seeing the encounters that she had with the inhabitants of this new world, the Tethered World and learning how it all came about. As the journey continues, Sadie not only learns more about this new world, but about herself as well. I enjoyed seeing how she was able to overcome things that she was not comfortable with, but still remained herself. She grew up some, did not change completely. I liked that as some books make the main character seem to do a complete change that is not always believable. I had the pleasure of listening to this on audio book which made it even better. The narrator did a great job on the different voices for the characters and the special effects made you feel like you were a part of the story. I received a copy of the audio book from the publisher to listen to and review.
So, I've never been the hugest fan of fantasy but over the years I've started giving some of the Christian ones a chance. The Tethered World features, what in my reading experience is, a unique premise. Legends like gnomes, leprechauns, and bigfoot, are real, originally coming from the Garden of Eden.
I have to say that I liked everything about The Tethered World; the neat storyline, Heather FitzGerald's gentle handling of a character's autism, the realistic interaction between the siblings, down to the detailed realm of the Tethered World and its inhabitants. Not to mention, that the Larcen kids are homeschooled which is a rarity in today's fiction.
I have to say that I truly loved Sadie as a heroine, a reluctant heroine I might add. I've read so many stories where the girl is impossibly brave and just accepts whatever comes her way. Not so, Sadie. She is honestly scared, would rather be anywhere but smack in an adventure, and doesn't always get along with her siblings. But in her determination to rescue her parents she finds out that she is made of stronger stuff than even she thought.
I listened to the Audible version of this book and I totally enjoyed it. The narrator was perfect, she had the right voice for Sadie's character and just the right inflections. I also liked the few effects that were scattered throughout the story.
Heather FitzGerald's first book in her Tethered World Chronicles series is a must read or listen for any fantasy lover and would make a perfect storytime book for families. I can't wait for book two to come out!
(I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for my review. All opinions are entirely my own.)
family fantasy adventure
The Chronicles of Narnia because of the creative world setting and the family friendly clean style of writing.
When their Aunt comes over and the older kids stay up late with her around the kitchen table.
Even though the story was told from a teenager's perspective, I was still very much caught up in the story as an adult.
I'm typically not a fantasy lover, but I my 12 year old daughter is, so I purchased The Tethered World for her because I want her to read more books by Christian authors versus the "darker" fantasy books found in her public school library. I was intrigued by the concept of the story and decided that I wanted to read The Tethered World too; however, as a busy mom of 4 kids I didn't know when I would make the time. When the audio version came out, I knew it was the perfect opportunity! Being that I grew up in Oregon, I loved all of the Pacific Northwest references, including Haystack Rock and...Burgerville! The story sucked me in right away. There was mystery, suspense, humor, emotion & a hint of romance! I don't know how the narrator kept all of the voices straight for the many different characters, but she did! She brought the book to life, and she did an amazing job! If this book ever gets made into a movie, (which I hope it does), I would watch it to see all of the characters and the scenery REALLY come to life! I would recommend this book for pre-teens on up. Looking forward to the second book in the trilogy coming out this October!
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