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Land Keep (Farworld #2)

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“Thrilling reads.” — Holly Newton, Meridian Magazine

Four mythical Elementals — Water, Land, Air, and Fire — have the power to save two worlds, Earth and Farworld, from a common enemy: the Dark Circle. In book one, Water Keep, a portal has been opened between the two worlds, allowing Marcus, from Earth, and Kyja, from Farworld, to combine their unique gifts and begin their
Hardcover, 374 pages
Published October 15th 2009 by Shadow Mountain (first published September 15th 2009)
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Aug 26, 2009 Heather rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, series
“Water. Land. Air. Fire. Together, the balance of Farworld they keep.” Kyja and Marcus are on a quest to outdo the Dark Circle by convincing the four elementals of Farworld to work together. In the first book of the Farworld series, Water Keep, Marcus and Kyja were able to get the water elementals to cooperate, but now they have to travel to find the land elementals. Problem is, no one can tell them precisely where they are since they’ve been missing for thousands of years.

In this second install
Sep 04, 2009 LuAnn rated it it was amazing
Shelves: middle-grade, fantasy
Although I had read parts of this book in an earlier draft stage, I must say I was still stunned by how fabulous the final book has become. Jeff is a great writer who delivers a fascinating story mixed with just the right blend of action and description. The twists and turns kept me on my toes, holding my interest to the point I wished I had longer chunks of time available to devote to reading. My students are also devouring their sneak-peek, passing around pages so that several of them can read ...more
Good book. I don't know if it was actually better, but I enjoyed it better than the first one. The plot seemed to at least make more sense and the adventures seemed more interesting and sensible this time. The pieces of the larger story arc starting to come together are good too. Marcus seemed more annoying this time. Kyja's creative "non-power" is still a very interesting plot element and opens up lots of possibilities.
Dec 17, 2009 Sheila rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic second book in the Farworld series! Landkeep added a new dimension to Farworld and it's characters. I was once again amazed at the unique and wild creatures that J.Scott Savage continues to create in Farworld.

The story line is deeper and richer in this second book. There is added tension in the relationship between the two friends, Marcus and Kyja. They both are changing and growing as they mature and learn new things about each other.

The best scene in the whole book takes pl
Candace Salima
Nov 12, 2009 Candace Salima rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Candace by: J Scott Savage
I just finished reading J. Scott Savage's Farworld Land Keep, book two of the Farworld series.

The backliner reads:

Four mythical Elementals— Water, Land, Air, and Fire— have the power to save two worlds, Earth and Farworld, from a common enemy: the Dark Circle.

In book one, Water Keep, a portal has been opened between the two worlds, allowing Marcus, from Earth, and Kyja, from Farworld, to combine their unique gifts and begin their epic quest to find the Elementals.

In book two, Land Keep, Marcus a
Dec 08, 2009 Ryelor rated it really liked it
After reading the first installment of the Farworld series, I wasn't sure I would continue with the rest of the series. So, when I saw Land Keep, I had an internal struggle as to whether I should buy it or not, but finally gave in because J. Scott Savage happens to be a really awesome person and I wanted to at least support his work. I put reading it off for a while, but then decided to face the inevitable by reading it. Verdict: I loved it.

Land Keep takes the story from Water Keep and gives it
Craig Everett
Jan 16, 2010 Craig Everett rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to Scott Savage's first Farworld book (Water Keep), Marcus and Kyja continue their quest to recruit a member of each of the four elementals in order to save Farworld.

There is no lack of action or suspense in this new installment of the series. Moreover, Savage effectively raises the stakes and delivers a suspenseful fantasy thriller that is appropriate for all ages.

I particularly like the jumps back and forth from high fantasy Farworld to current-day Earth. It reminds me of all th
Sarah Nokleby
Oct 11, 2010 Sarah Nokleby rated it it was ok
Oh, I struggled with my review of this!
I really enjoyed the first book of the series, Water Keep, and I think Savage has a lot to offer here. But it was overwhelming sometimes, you know? I am reading a book intended for teens, so I like to think I possess a little bit more of an attention span. But this book couldn't keep me riveted, because after awhile you feel like you are slogging through a swamp along with the characters. Only your swamp is a swamp of too much packed into a plot. Too many
Deborah Andreasen
Jul 01, 2010 Deborah Andreasen rated it it was amazing
Most often in a series the first book is the best, the second isn't great, and the third, fourth, etc are pretty good. That is not this case with Farworld. I enjoyed the first book, but I loved the second! There were parts toward the end where the author constatnly reminded the reader that Kyja had these traits and Marcus had these. That was a bit irritating because as the reader, I think I'm smart enough to figure out that Marcus is head strong and Kyja is emotional. But on the whole this is a ...more
Brandi Kosiner (Brandi Breathes Books)
The story moved at a good pace, and kept my attention a little more than the first. I like Skype and Cascade-- they are welcome secondary characters. I also like how both Marcus and Kyja matured as characters, in order to find the land elementals, they must pass tests, and these tests cause them to look into how the other thinks in order to succeed. Marcus must read people, plan and slow down, while Kyja has to learn that hastiness is sometimes a good thing.
I would recommend this series to anyon
Dec 17, 2010 Garrett rated it it was amazing
Fun sequel. This is a middle-grade to YA fantasy, and is the sequel to Far World: Water Keep. I imagine we'll get at least 2 more books from the series (Air Keep and Fire Keep).

The story is about a crippled boy who imagines he is part of a magical world, and a girl who lives in a magical world who cannot do any magic. Together, they are the only ones who can find the lost elementals (they've found a water one from the previous book and they are looking for an earth one for this book) and help to
Jul 02, 2011 Carol rated it really liked it
Fun sequel to the first book. I just read Scott Savage's review of his own book #1. That was fun. Guess what--he gave himeself a 5, and said he wouldn't write anything less than a 5. This is a middle-grade to YA fantasy, and is the sequel to Far World: Water Keep. I imagine we'll get at least 2 more books from the series (Air Keep and Fire Keep) but where are they?????

The story is about a crippled boy who imagines he is part of a magical world, and a girl who lives in a magical world who cannot
MaryAnn Demelo
Oct 31, 2011 MaryAnn Demelo rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantsey, cool-books
Farworld: Land Keep
By:J. Scott Savage

Summary: Four mythical Elementals Water, Land, Air, and Fire have the power to save two worlds, Earth and Farworld with help form Marcus, a cripple from Earth, and Kyja, from Farworld. They combine their unique gifts and begin their epic quest to find the Elementals. In book two, Land Keep, Marcus and Kyja travel with Cascade, a Water Elemental from book one, Water Kepp,toward Land Keep, the home of the powerful Land Elementals. They find the Land Keep is emp
Dec 19, 2011 06erikm rated it it was amazing
Shelves: book-reports
Farworld: Land Keep 2009
by J. Scott savage 369 pages
This book is targeted towards preteens- teenagers and anyone who likes fantasy. It opens with Marcus, Kyja, and Cascade sailing to a town to try and find the land elementals. Marcus is a disabled boy from earth that discovers he has magic. Kyja is a girl from Farworld, who has no magic. As everyone has magic in farworld, this makes her an outcast. Cascade is a water elemental, and decided to help Marcus and Kyja. They are trying to find the lan
Sep 10, 2012 Magila rated it liked it

I might have rounded up on this book, but the overwhelmingly positive reviews gave me pause.

For me, this volume began a bit slow, and dragged some in the middle. Sure, there were some interesting events and plot development pieces, but there was also a fair amount of bleh. I appreciated the resolution of this installment's story arch, the series' expansion, and character development.

One major criticism is the seemingly adult take on the angst and struggle of the children who are the main ch
Jayme Swallow
Feb 06, 2013 Jayme Swallow rated it it was amazing
So I blogged about books one and two at the same time. Check it out.
Mar 02, 2013 Kami rated it it was amazing
- This adventure was even more thrilling than the first book! I really enjoyed this!

- I love the cover! I was a bit confused by it for a while, but after about half way through the book I was like "OH! That's who they are!"

- Mr. Z reminds me of an Ed Wynn character. I kept hearing his lispy voice.

- Some parts of the story were like reading a video game! My hands were itching for a controller! I was like "I could do that!" I think Farworld should be made into an RPG!

- I felt a lot more emotion in
Feb 23, 2013 Shauna rated it it was amazing
This series continues to amaze me....
It is truly a great fantasy story!
Filled with adventure, friendship, hunger for power, a hint of humor, and twist and turns along the way...and just wait until you read the very last line of the story...OH SO GOOD!
I am anxiously ready to read book 3 ~ Far World: Air Keep!

PS. Yes I really did read this book in ONE day...
It took me ALL day...but I just couldn't put it down :)
Mar 01, 2013 Scott rated it it was amazing
Land Keep is the second book in the Farworld series by J. Scott Savage. Marcus and Kyja are continuing their quest to gather the elementals together in order to save their worlds. Only when they have all four will they be able to open a drift and come fully into the other worlds.

As the title suggests this book details their quest to reach the Land Elementals. I thought this book had picked up the pace a little bit since most of the characters have already been introduced. Another effect of this
Monica at The Readathon
Apr 23, 2013 Monica at The Readathon rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book more than I did the first one, and I really liked the first one. I thought Mr. Savage's writing improved, and the character development is very good. Marcus and Kyja are such a great team. They and their relationship drive this book and series. I love that they learn to work together. I love that they learn that by working hard and working together they can overcome obstacles, even with their disabilities. I love that they not only use their physical strength in their challen ...more
Sep 27, 2013 Steven rated it liked it
I Must say i was expecting more from this book i will release some spoilers but bear with me okay so apparently the girl that can't do magic after she steals someone elses magic is apparently a master wizard and later on in the book shes apparently a master swordsman that can keep up with Farworlds Strongest Warrior that also uses magic to fight so apparently she is better with a sword than the best swordsman in farworlds history.. She as far as i can tell is the only one that can control the wo ...more
Tevin Johnson
Apr 02, 2014 Tevin Johnson rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fantasy and adventure
Recommended to Tevin by: my aunt
As I read this book I think J. Scott Savage did an perfect job of getting me into the story. Sometimes I wanted to yell at Marcus. But questions were answered as the journey happened. There was no stopping of bad guys. I don't know how he came up with the creatures he did. Some were disgusting which will thrill boys! And my favorite creature the Ishkabiddle. The book was a very good page turner and i couldn't put the book down, and the characters were really awesome and they were all magic. One ...more
Wow, this one blew me away. After ready Book 1, Water Keep, I wasn't sure if I wanted to continue the series. Marcus was annoying with his "woe is me" and whatnot. Kyja had her annoying moments, but I liked how she overcame her own insecurities. In all honesty, I favored the skyte, Riph Raph. Though his witty remarks were more than insulting they nailed Marcus right on the head. But, as I was saying, this one was better in character development and the twists just kept you on the edge of your se ...more
Mar 14, 2015 Aelvana rated it liked it
Marcus and Kyja have only a few hints from the water elementals about where to find the land elementals, but they're too desperate to pass up any chance. Gathering the help of the four elementals---water, earth, air, and fire---is vital to opening a passageway between worlds, which would allow both Marcus and Kyja to go back to their world of origin with no ill effects. But this time around they've got to deal with the Keepers of the Balance, whose savage devotion to keeping the world in order r ...more
Dec 08, 2015 Irene rated it liked it
its okay, not as good as I expected. But I liked the quests, very fantasy-like.
Ruth Sophia
Aug 13, 2015 Ruth Sophia rated it really liked it
So far so good...

After skeptically reading Water Keep, I have high hopes for the Farworld series. I was nervous about this second installation - would it disappoint? Would continue to feel real? Would it be unbelievable or stagnate?

While the opening Interlude had me briefly concerned, I'm overall pleased with installment #2 of Farworld. The apparent, but not apparent, attraction between Marcus and Kyja is annoying. I don't mind the attraction and bond - I mean, something's bound to happen given
Steven Urbina
Oct 02, 2015 Steven Urbina rated it really liked it
When I read this book I was amazed at Marcus and Kyja. Two kids found a way to get a to land keep which it was imposible to find. They the puzzels like it was nothing Kyja did something heroic to save Marcus. If I were Kyja I really wouldnt sacrafice the things. That why I was amazed at those two kids.
Adam Bouzianis
Jan 20, 2016 Adam Bouzianis rated it it was amazing
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Feb 25, 2016 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Shelves: series, fantasy
This series messes with my mind. The characters have a depth to them that makes it hard to figure out who's on which side. Especially at the end, you start wondering if everything you thought about characters is wrong. I'm just glad I already have the next book in the series so I don't have to sit around wondering for a year or more.
Sep 04, 2016 Occulusrex rated it really liked it
This was much better than I was Expecting.
I havent read anything other than the Farworld series by this author before, but this reminded me of some seriously old school fantasy, the kind of thing i would have gone mad for as a kid (and still do as an adult)
a great sequel to book one !
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J. Scott Savage is the author of the Farworld series, the Case File 13 series, and the Mysteries of Cove series. He grew up in Northern California and now lives in Utah with his wife and four children.

Scott has held too many jobs to count, including: a mall Santa, French chef, CEO of a dot com, plumber, radio station talk show host, and the guy who sits in the little photo developing booth. He has
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Farworld (4 books)
  • Water Keep (Farworld, #1)
  • Air Keep (Farworld, #3)
  • Fire Keep (Farworld, # 4)

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