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Cobble Cavern (Flin's Destiny #1)

really liked it 4.00  ·  Rating Details  ·  41 Ratings  ·  18 Reviews
What starts out to be a fun field trip to Ireland for Flin and his school debate team turns into a life changing adventure. Flin and his teammates get swallowed by an earthquake and become trapped under the ocean inside a clear dome where they discover an unknown civilization. Join Flin and his classmates on a journey of a lifetime in this thrilling adventure story.
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published April 10th 2012 by Cedar Fort, Inc. (first published January 1st 2009)
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Feb 22, 2013 Catherine rated it did not like it
Shelves: young-adult
This book could be so much better than it is. Olsen has an interesting story, but he gets lazy with his writing.

I like the cavern and the dwarfs. Their gardens are like something out of Willy Wonka's factory. I think the idea of pits and seeds that create fantastical plants is a good one.

However, the characters are flat, and Olsen often pulls the reader out of the story with lazy writing. I wanted to like this book more than I do because my little boy loves it, but Olsen is in dire need of a g
Apr 27, 2012 Lexie rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-in-2012
Cobble Cavern is an exciting, middle grade adventure that introduces us to Flin, the main character in the Flin's Destiny series. This fantasy novel was originally self published in a three book volume. Cedar Fort has picked up the series and will be releasing the next two books later this year. Two additional volumes will be released in the succeeding years.

The first thing I liked about this book was the creative names. Flin, Sump, Flowell, Pilt are just a few of the unique monikers featured. T
Kayla Beck
Original post can be found at Krazy Book Lady's blog!

Cobble Cavern is the first in a series of five middle grade novels written by Jon Erik Olsen. It, along with the next two books in the series, was originally self-published and is now being published by Cedar Fort Books. It follows the adventures of Flin Newby, his teachers, his classmates, and their bus driver after they are trapped underneath the earth during a field trip to Ireland for an international debate competition.

Flin Newby is poor.
Meagan Myhren-bennett
Book #1 of the Flin's Destiny Series
By Erik Olsen

It is October 13th and it is Flin’s 13th birthday – the birthday he has been eagerly awaiting, the birthday when he will finally get his destiny ring! As he reaches into the emerald silk bag Flin shuts his eys, suddenly the bag starts rattling and bright light flashes from the bag. As his family backs away from this strange sight, a ring with five colored stones slides onto Flin’s finger.
Flin and his debate team are headed to Ireland
"Cobble Cavern" was probably a far more entertaining read than I could've expected coming into it. I haven't read a lot of cross middle-grade/young adult fantasy titles as of late, and this one charmed me - had me grinning from ear to ear as I read through and visualized the odd scenarios occurring. Olsen has a way of creating not only vivid depictions of magical mishaps, but he does so with whimsical execution. It features a wide cast of characters swallowed into an adventure filled with an arr ...more
Sara Kovach
Cobble Cavern is a very fun, adventuresome book! I feel that there is something to be found in the book for most middle grade students. There is a field trip to Ireland, an earthquake, getting trapped underground - ultimately, under the ocean, various underground creatures, and the search for a way to get out.

The visual / sensory descriptions are amazing. Erik Olsen did an excellent job in putting you right in the setting. I could feel the earthquake and see what was happening, as it occurred.
Apr 06, 2012 L_manning rated it liked it
Flin is excited for his school trip to Ireland. Everything is going great until there's an earthquake. Flin and his companions soon find themselves in a mysterious cave, and with further travel they discover they are under the sea. Here they discover new peoples and things they never had imagined. It will take all Flin and company have to survive their new world and make it back to their own.

This was definitely a fun adventure. I will admit to being a bit confused in the beginning. I wasn't real
Chelsie Unicornkind
Jul 13, 2013 Chelsie Unicornkind rated it it was ok
Shelves: fantasy
Not very well-written, though that was clear from the first paragraph. (Does nobody else see the problem with the line "petite but tiny kitchen" ? That's like saying something is hot but steamy. Duh!)

The storyline rambles a rather lot and is at points highly unbelievable. At the beginning of the book, for example, an extremely snobbish rich character is forcibly escorted into a coach seat because no first class seats were available (why would the airline force him in? Wouldn't they either leave
Apr 05, 2012 Sheila rated it really liked it
Cobble Cavern is another great book that middle grade readers will love. With main character, Flin, having just turned thirteen, he is ready to go off on an adventure. The adventure is a trip to Ireland for a debate tournament. This average school trip turns into a journey of excitement, and sometimes great peril. As their tour bus is devoured by the Earth, and they are plunged deep underground, Flin finds out how brave he really is. I liked this character, as he showed common sense and courage ...more
Mar 17, 2014 Maren rated it liked it
I read this to my fourth grade class as a teacher read, they really enjoyed it. My students would have given it 4 to 5 stars. I met Erik Olsen at a book event and he even gave me a set of bookmarks for my class which they loved! It has kind of Brandon Mull style feel to it. For me personally the book wasn't one I would choose to read on my own, but it wasn't written for me! ;) I think most middle grade students will enjoy it.
Elizabeth B
Apr 26, 2012 Elizabeth B rated it really liked it
Middle grade adventure stories have been hard to come by the last few years and this is a wonderful additional to the genre. The first in a series, this is a book that will keep kids interested. It reminds me of the Magic School Bus for an older audience and this could be a good transition book for the readers aging beyond that series who still want to read adventure tales. It does have a plethora of characters which will be difficult for some readers to keep straight but I don’t think it’s enou ...more
Nov 21, 2013 Taylor rated it it was amazing
This was an awesome book. It was full of action and adventure. If you have read the Hunger Games series or the Fablehaven series you are really going to enjoy this book. This book has 5 books in the series. Trust me you want to read this book. It is slow for the first couple chapters just like any good book, but after that it gets right into it. I would recommend this book to people 9 and up, just because kids under that age might not get what is going on and get lost. Just trust me go and read ...more
Dec 16, 2012 Shauna rated it it was amazing
What a great adventure story!
Flin and his debate team have earned the right to go to Ireland to compete.
But what starts out pretty standard turns into everything dangerous and amazing!
Almost missing the plane because of a prank, having to ride in an old bus, experiencing an earthquake, falling below the surface of the earth, searching for a way out and finding themselves below the ocean, animals that try to eat them, plants that try to destoy them, rain tunnels, wind tunnels, finding treasure an
Jun 27, 2012 Debbie rated it really liked it
I really liked this book. It is a great story. A debate team from America travels to Ireland and joins up with some students from Ireland. While they are traveling, their bus gets caught in an earthquake and falls down a tunnel. While they are there, they find an underground world. They keep trying to find a way back to the surface. They have many adventures while underground. This is the first book in a series. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the books.
Apr 13, 2012 Robin rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book! The characters have a lot of depth to them. I enjoyed the humor as well as the action! The b ook is all around intriguing with even a hint of romance!
Natalie Young
Mar 24, 2013 Natalie Young rated it it was amazing
This was a great book! Creative story and fantastic escape book! I read this and the second book in less than a week on vacation.
Scott Johnson
Mar 16, 2013 Scott Johnson rated it really liked it
Very creative and full of twists and turns!
Kimberly Souza
Mar 31, 2012 Kimberly Souza rated it really liked it
Such a fun series.
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ERIK OLSEN lives in Sandy Utah, where he enjoys the mountains and is surrounded by a great family and friends that have continued to support him throughout his writing quest. After having one of the world’s craziest dreams, he began writing a series of five books detailing it, called Flin’s Destiny, which is full of continuous action and adventure deep in the earth and keeps you wanting more.
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