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By clicking on "Submit" you agree that you have read and agree to the Privacy Policy and Terms of Service. This gem of a well-plotted adventure tale is a worthwhile addition to the fantasy genre. Do you work in the book industry? Which of the following best describes you?

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Obie Griffin is a normal boy. He has a limp, his brother is a star football player and he is just wandering through life waiting for something to happen. As luck would have it he comes across a rock on a mysterious camping trip, and is suddenly transported into a world of flying horses, elves and goblins. It would have read so much nicer if we could have come up some different species, besides ant and spider people in my opinion.

The world is ending and Obie, according to the prophecy, is the one dude who has a chance at saving it. He befriends a gorgeous girl, who then very quickly gets captured by the former prince charming turned evil sorcery, and he then travels to the dark tower in the hopes of rescuing her. Along the way he is befriended by a lion man and a talking mole, and the three of them set off on their quest. Sadly, that is the story. Nothing really happens on the quest.

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He doesn't turn into a hero as much as luckily escapes harm on several occasions. If I remember correctly he only actually uses his sword one time throughout the entire journey. On most occasions he avoids danger or somehow narrowly escapes it. When they get to the dark tower they have one quick encounter with a guard and that is over in less than a page. Even the climactic battle is passed over as the details in the journey seem to be more important than any sort of epic confrontation. There was one entire paragraph devoted to a listing of food prepared for a banquet and not even a few words of any description surrounding the raging war between good versus evil.

I realize this was geared toward young adults but it reads more like it was written for small children below the age of I will state for the record that I read the entire book. It was very descriptive and intriguingly woven. It would have made for a very nice read had we managed to throw a few words around about some of the more interesting actions scenes. An epic adventure with no action is nothing more than a stroll through the woods avoiding the bad guys.

So it would be hard for me to recommend reading this one.


I now realize that I might even prefer mediocre writing with a heaping of adventure versus very nice descriptive writing where nothing really seems to occur. The bottom line is the story feel far short of being interesting. I would rate it three stars for its technical excellence but I would highly suggest any sequel having a little more meat to the story, or I doubt I would be able to get through the entire thing.

I do hope that A. Hess continues to write. If you tweaked this story you would have an absolutely excellent book. I am even afraid my review might be a little too negative. The book is so elequently written. I truly wish there would have been more to this story to enjoy. Jun 26, Stacy rated it liked it.


I'm torn on whether to give this 3 or 4 stars. On the 4 star side, I found the book to be a pretty great page turner, and I was wrapped up in discovering more about the world the author had created. For those reasons, I really enjoyed the book. However, there were a few things about the writing the pulled me out of the story enough to prevent me from rating it higher. There are some editing mistakes in the edition I read -- simple punctuation errors that forced me to read through the sentence a l I'm torn on whether to give this 3 or 4 stars.

There are some editing mistakes in the edition I read -- simple punctuation errors that forced me to read through the sentence a little slower to make sure I was parsing it correctly. Some of the dialog was also stilted and unnatural. The ending, while quite satisfying, seemed to try too hard to tie everything up in a nice little bow. The ending could have still been satisfying if a few questions were left unanswered.

The story and plot is fairly classic High Fantasy, taking place in a world like Tolkien's Middle Earth - same earth as our own, but a time period lost and forgotten when talking animals, elves, dragons and magicians roamed the earth. I had to suspend disbelief to make sense of how that worked some sort of medieval Europe in Wyoming?

I also wondered if Tolkien and CS Lewis and other great High Fantasy greats have ruined my ability to enjoy newer High Fantasy novels since so much seems borrowed from them. The main character is a teen boy from modern times with some sort of mysterious past. His mother died when he was very young and he has a mysterious limp.

He feels forgotten by his father. He is swept up in a mystery in a strange valley near his house and then is literally swept away into this other magical land.

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While there, he discovers he is the hero that has been foretold, and he ends up on a quest to stop an evil king from destroying the world. Flying horses, talking animals and local people help him on his way, while the evil king and his minions try to stop him.

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All in all, an enjoyable book and certainly worth the time it took to read it, though not an outstanding piece of literature. Apr 01, Michael rated it did not like it Shelves: Review from Badelynge An American teenager is whisked off to a fantasy world.