As a dedicate follower of Jacob Parker's blog, I looked forward to reading his novel Kestrel's Midnight Song.Since he got published as a teen, I wasn't sure what to expect. But Kestrel's Midnight Song( KMS), a truly original fantasy, has great characters, fantastic beasts, and unforeseen plot twists.
Micah, the main character, caught my heart at once. Most male characters are either overly aggressive or wimps, but Micah is both responsible and caring.
The author's website is http://www.songlore.com/ and his blog is http://yodelingdwarf.blogspot.com/