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Water Keep (Farworld #1)

3.9 of 5 stars 3.90  ·  rating details  ·  3,814 ratings  ·  308 reviews
Confined to a wheelchair, thirteen-year-old Marcus Kanenas is an outcast and a nobody, but that doesn't stop him from dreaming of a world far away, a world where magic is as common as air, where animals tell jokes and trees beg people to pick their fruit. He even has a name for this place—Farworld.

When Marcus magically travels to Farworld, he meets Kyja, a girl without mag
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Published (first published September 12th 2008)
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May 17, 2008 J. rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  (Review from the author)  ·  review of another edition
Okay, yeah. I gave my own book 5 stars. But then again if I thought there was anything that didn't make it a five star book, wouldn't I have fixed them in the first place?

Looking forward to getting it into readers hands. ARCs come out the end of May. Harcover, the end of September.
Jun 14, 2008 Julie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: top-shelf
I loved the idea of these two kids struggling to fit into the worlds they were brought up in only to discover they DON'T fit into their worlds, and weren't meant to fit in, but to stand out and shine. Scott created a fun, action packed, adventure that I want to be a part of. My boys completely loved it and I can't wait for the next book!
Jennifer Wardrip
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Thirteen-year-old Marcus Kanenas has always been tormented because he lives his life in a wheelchair. Everyone sees him as an outcast, even though he really is a survivor and dreamer and he just wishes that he could escape his life as an orphan. In an attempt to escape, Marcus creates a world in his head. Here animals talk and tell jokes, trees have personality, and, best of all, magic fills the air. He's even appropriately named this far-off place Farworld.
Matt Hayes

Jeff Savage is actually kind of a friend of mine I met at LTUE in Provo, Utah back in February. He and I and a few other friends of mine shared a few good laughs. I had bought Jeff's book prior to the LTUE conference, but I hadn't gotten around to reading the first book until just today, and I enjoyed every bit of it.

Savage writes in extreme detail. His description of Marcus Kanenas, one of the Farworld series' two main characters is very vivid. After all, Marcus IS a disabled boy in a whe
Oct 04, 2008 Heather rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Adults, Children 8+
Shelves: series, young-adult
Farworld: Water Keep
By J. Scott Savage
Release Date: September 2008 (Shadow Mountain)

—Reviewed by Heather Moore (

Category: YA Fantasy

“Take courage—the magic is already inside you.” This theme is reiterated throughout J. Scott Savage’s first book in his new YA Fantasy series, Far World. A book that I found enjoyable, adventurous, and captivating. The characters are unique and skillfully drawn. Meet thirteen year old Marcus—a nobody, an outcast, living on earth wh
Update: This year was my final one to read Water Keep with my 7th grade English students since next year I'll be a librarian, but you can bet I'll STILL be recommending this one to new readers, and the exciting news is that Air Keep will be coming SOON!

Since I use this book in my 7th grade English classes, I just finished rereading it for at least the fifth time, and I have to say it is still as enjoyable to me as the first time I read it. (See previous review below)

Six years ago a new member j
- This was a fun adventure!

- I want to live in a world of talking animals, especially ones that tell jokes.

- I really enjoyed this. The characters were fun and very believable. I think Marcus was such a realistic teenage boy. His doubts and uncertainties were something every kid could relate to.

- Kyja was a lot of fun. I loved her confidence and determination. She was such a great asset to the story. She also brought Riph Raph into the picture, and he was a lot of fun. I loved the parts where sh
"Take courage-the magic is already inside you"

This is the theme of FarWorld..."the magic is already inside you."
How many times do we wonder if we have what it takes to move forward, to conquer fears, to do a really hard task? Marcus and Kyja are finding out "FarWorld Book One" and they must find their own magic. Is the magic strength, brilliant ideas, bravery, compassion or is it really magic?

Mr. Savages book is a fun, intense, fast-moving fantasy. I had to keep reading because of the twists
I am loving this book. I really am. I bought the book for Emily & Kyle. The author came to Kyle's school & did a book signing. So I bought the hard cover & had it autographed for Emily & Kyle. I started reading it after I had finished Host. I am finding that perhaps I really do enjoy books about places & things that can not in no way be real, or can they? I'm almost done with it. And again I am feeling saddened bc I don't have anything else to read... I hear this might be a s ...more
Aldrin Jhon
This is a one of a kind book not only to middle graders but of all ages.

“Don't be too eager to rid yourself of your burdens. Your burdens are what shape you.”

This book and it's author totally made it to my favorite's list. The first time I've seen the premise it really catches my attention. As we all know this book is about two young teens that has this sort of struggles in the world they are living in. It tackles two different worlds,the first, is Earth,the second is an otherworldly realm cal
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Emily Beeson
This book doesn't come out for several months. In August, I'll be interviewing the author at

Water Keep, the first Farworld book was better than I expected, and I expected to enjoy it. It's full of non-stop adventure, evil creatures, real issues, and even a touch of romance.

Thirteen years ago, a baby boy survived the attack of the Dark Circle. The attack had been carried out for the purpose of getting rid of the one boy who could save Farworld from destruction. O
This was a great plot idea and had some very fun characters. I would actually read the next book in the series (when it comes out) to find out what happens.

This all does not mean that I think it was perfect, or that I wanted it to be split up like it was (I wanted more of a conclusion).

Setting: Earth and a fantasy land called Far World. The idea that Far World is like an alternate reality of earth is quite intriguing and very cool. I liked how the kids exploited it too (to travel places).

Plot: T
Mar 27, 2014 Jessica rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jessica by: J.
I received this book for free from the publisher. All content and opinions are my own.

Reading allows me to escape to another world. In this case, the world I got to escape to for a few hours was Farworld. Marcus is a wheelchair-ridden orphan who has been bounced around the foster care system and boys’ schools on Earth since he was a baby. Kyja is a muggle (to borrow a term from Harry Potter, someone who can’t do magic) in the magic-ridden world of Farworld. The two are thrust together in an adve
Tracy Furr
I ran across this book at BEA in New York this past June. I was even lucky enough to get an autographed copy. I finally sat down and over the past couple weeks read the book with my 6 and 8 year olds. What a wonderful book. My boys are known for wandering the room during reading time. They're listening but still restless. While reading "Far World" they stayed in their beds and just stared intently as I read the book each night. My oldest loved the suspense at the end of each chapter (as did I) a ...more
When Marcus is magically transported to safety on a planet called Farworld which closesly resembles the planet that is in his dreams, he meets Kyja and her skyte Riph-Raph. The two are sent on a quest to find the Elementals while at the same time avoiding the Dark Circle and the various evil it throws at them.
I really liked the concept of this book, there is a teneous thread that connects two worlds, and if you know the path you can shift back and forth between the two worlds. However there is w
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I love this author's adult fiction (as Jeffrey Savage), so I had high hopes for this youth fantasy series. This first book does have some delightfully creative elements and a rather unusual plot, but the villains are really too frightening for children. Additionally, the creatures of the book are so odd and plentiful that I found it difficult to both imagine them and keep them straight. The main characters (two 13-year-olds) are pitted against incredible odds and are almost constantly in peril. ...more
I have finally finished Far World. It has taken me longer than i thought because my kids needed dinner and my house needed to be cleaned. I loved this book. After the first couple of chapters the action just picked up and never stopped. I loved the parellel between both worlds. Marcus and Kyja you have to love them. They overcome so much to help others. The Fontasians made me mad which was what they were suppose to do. I kept thinking stop thinking about yourselves and think of others. I will re ...more
Viola Sung
I remember reading this book a long time ago...
Marcus has always dreamed of a place he calls Farworld, where animals talk and amazing things happen. But he never expected to find Farworld was real, much less that an evil in that world wants very much to kill him. Or that, crippled as he is, he might have a part to play in saving that world. On the run with Kyja, a girl from Farworld, the two must somehow escape the Dark Circle and uncover their destinies.

This is in many ways a tired trope: an orphaned child is sent to another world, where he
I really enjoyed this book, there were several elements that reminded me of other books I've read, but thats okay... it started really taking a life of its own towards the middle and I kinda liked the short chapters, I think thats great for elementary readers... and it was fun how jam-packed with adventure that it was. The main characters are very likable and relateable. It was a good book and I'm looking forward to more.
i thought this book was filled with so much action and adventure that it was hard to put the book down for a long perod of time. All the characters relate to you in a way that only you understand< and all the mythical creatures seem to pop at you with all the discriptive writing through the entire book. This is a must read!!!!
I loved this book. Its written for tweens and I thought it was excellent. Written for the same target audience as Fablehaven series, but wonderfully imaginative and a great series starter. I can't wait till the rest of them come out.
i thought that the author was really good at making the reader feel like it was something they have to read again.
it was a great book and i will definitley be reading the rest! i cant wait to see what happens to marcus and his friends!
Alanna Powell-comer
I am currently reading this to my students. We started the book a couple weeks ago and we met the author today. The students loved meeting J. Scott Savage and came back to class ASKING if we could write stories. He was very motivating.
I hate this book!!! It is disgusting! I can't stand it!! Sarah I can't believe you like this book! It's disgusting!! And the cover looks weird!!!
I think that this book is amazing so far. There seems to be the right amount of action, adventure, mystery, and magic to make this book as good as it is. I'm not done with this book yet but so far it has been a five star book. I really like the part when they are riding the horse to the forest so that the dark circle won't catch them and then they are getting chased down by I think it was wolf looking things and then Marcus uses his special power for them to not see them. I also like when the sh ...more
Sep 22, 2009 Shadowshock rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nothing questionable and totally safe for yonger kids as well as adults looking for a good story
Shelves: good-fiction
A very nice read!

One of the main characters, Marcus, is a crippled who in one world needs a wheelchair to get around and in the other a cane. I was a bit wary at first because I've read a few books with "crippled" characters who had super abilities that negated the effects of being crippled.

This story though was a pleasant surprise. The author didn't lean too much on the Marcus's disability, but he didn't ignore it either. Though Marcus does loose his wheelchair, he had earlier proved that he co
Farworld: Water Keep is a magical book that not only has a great plot, genius characters, and has awesome action scenes but it also has a very strong moral to it. I really enjoyed the plot because it kept me hanging onto the book and wondering what could happen on the next page. Marcus and Kyja really have a great bond in the book, which makes them 'magical' characters (pun intended). In the book they realize that even though by themselves they can't do much, together they can be unstoppable. At ...more
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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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“Don't be too eager to rid yourself of your burdens. Your burdens are what shape you.” 28 likes
“You might just be the craziest person I've ever know, but you're also the bravest. - Marcus” 11 likes
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