Tuesday, August 22, 2006

Kathy Tyers

Love Christian fiction? Love Star Wars? The best of both worlds collide in Kathy Tyers' Firebird Trilogy.

I first remember seeing these books in the CBD fiction catalog, and their covers and summary intrigued me. A little while later, they were out of print, so I hunted them down on Amazon, where the rare Crown of Fire (book #3) soared to thrice the original price and beyond. By constant checking, I was able to snap it up for under $15.

I zoomed through the pages, delighted to find a Star Wars-like adventure with more romance, complexity, and moral dilemmas. I don't remember which I read first, the Firebird trilogy or Arena by Kathy's friend Karen Hancock, but these books instilled a deep love for Christian science fiction.

Later, I read Kathy's Shivering World, and included it in a round up of the best CBA fantasy and science fiction (Firebird was unfortunately out of print at the time). And just this month, I found a copy of her Star Wars novel The Truce at Bakura at a used book store. (Now, to find the time to read it!)

Visit Kathy's site and the blogs below for more!

On a more personal (and fantasy) note, this past week I began the rough draft of my first fantasy novel. I hope to finish the draft by mid-March.

The full roster of CSFF blog tour participants is here:

Jim Black
John J. Boyer
Valerie Comer
Bryan Davis
Beth Goddard
Rebecca Grabill
Leathel Grody
Karen Hancock
Elliot Hanowski
Katie Hart
Sherrie Hibbs
Sharon Hinck
Pamela James
Jason Joyner
Tina Kulesa
Rachel Marks
Shannon McNear
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Cheryl Russel
Mirtika Schultz
Stuart Stockton
Steve Trower
Speculative Faith

6 comments:

Mirtika said...

Just a "hi" from a blog tour-ists. :)

Mir

Becky said...

Woo-hoo, Katie! Starting that first fantasy. That is exciting. I hope you have a lot of fun with it. That's the best way to write fantasy, I think.

I love the personal touch to your post, mentioning your finds of Tyers' books. That's cool that you read her early on.

Becky

C.J. Darlington said...

Have you ever read The Personifid Project by R.E. Bartlett? I loved it. It's published by Realms (division of Strang, I believe).

Oh, and if you haven't read C.S. Lewis' Space Trilogy (Out of the Silent Planet, Perelandra, and That Hideous Strength), you might try looking them up. I enjoyed Out of the Silent Planet the most.

Katie Hart said...

I haven't read Bartlett's book, though I've heard of it before, and it sounds intriguing (mentally adds it to list of I-can't-afford-to-buy-so-I-want-to-review books).

I have read Lewis' Space Trilogy - found the books at a garage sale for 25 cents each! I also found The Lord of the Rings trilogy for $1.50 (you see the prices I like).

Kathy Tyers said...

Hi Katie,

Thanks for the kind words! Good luck with that fantasy novel --

Best,
Kathy

Ruth said...

Your new novel is a fantasy novel? I didn't gather that from your Xanga blog -- THAT IS SO FREAKIN' COOL!! Very excited for you! :)

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