Thursday, June 24, 2010

Review: Firefly Island by Daniel Arenson

Book Info:

Format: Kindle Edition
File Size: 446 KB
Publisher: Moonoclipse; 2 edition (August 15, 2007)
Sold by: Amazon Digital Services
Language: English
Review Copy: Author

What I Thought:

This one was very good. It reminded me of Grimm's fairy tales and the like.

It was very much an adult fairy tale because there was bloodshed and corruption in the story; but it was very good!

Daniel's writing is really imaginative and enjoyable. He's also a very descriptive writer. I found that in the beginning of the book I needed to pay close attention as I was introduced to all the characters who we find out are connected in some way.

Overall, I thought it to be an enjoyable read and a great adult fairy tale.

Awesome Cover Alert!

While I like the cover I think this cover is great!!!! I found this while searching for the cover image and I think this one really gives an idea of the story. I like the artwork also! If you order the hardcover copy this is the image you'll get. I LOVE it!

About The Book:
(from author's website)

In Firefly Island, you'll meet Aeolia, a girl enslaved to an ogre on a faraway farm. With the magic of fireflies, she must escape the ogre, then journey to find her long-lost brother. Join Aeolia as she explores Firefly Island, a strange land of firefly magic. Her quest takes her from hills swarming with ogres, to jungles full of fierce tree warriors, to castles brimming with knights in armor, to an underworld of outlaws on dark city streets, to twisting dungeons, and into landscapes of flame and war.

"A very promising debut... I would highly recommend this book."

About The Author:

Daniel Arenson sold his first short story in 1998. Since then, dozens of his stories and poems have appeared in various magazines, among them Flesh & Blood, Chizine, and Orson Scott Card's Strong Verse. Firefly Island, first published in hardcover in 2007, is his first novel.

Want to sample the book?
Read Chapter One.


  1. You caught my interest with saying it reminded you of a Grimm fairy tale. (there are a lot of old fairy tales full of bloodshed and corruption) I was wondering what about it gave you that feeling? Was it just the ogres, etc.Or was it something more specific. I love to read fairy tale re-tellings, that why I'm asking.

  2. Hey amcaitor! Good know I'm not sure that there was on SPECIFIC detail that made me think that because the whole book itself really reminded me of the older fairy tales. Not everything was pretty and wonderful and la-la, Not everyone got a happy ending, and sometimes the characters are just scary. Know what I mean? :)

  3. Sounds like a book, I've going to have to read. Thanks for the recommendation.