This book was a lot of fun to write and is probably my favorite. Aiden steals the show with his quick wit and unerring loyalty. It was refreshing to s...moreThis book was a lot of fun to write and is probably my favorite. Aiden steals the show with his quick wit and unerring loyalty. It was refreshing to see how the romance grew between... oops! I'm about to give it all away. You'll just have to read it for yourselves :) Happy Reading! Heather Sutherlin(less)
What an incredible story Brian Clopper has crafted for us. It made me want to scoop up my children and snuggle up for a good old-fashioned story time....moreWhat an incredible story Brian Clopper has crafted for us. It made me want to scoop up my children and snuggle up for a good old-fashioned story time. I think this book would make a wonderful read aloud. At first glance, I thought it would be a good book for second or third grade as it is so small, written as a short chapter book. But, in the end, I believe it would be a wonderful tool for instruction in 4th-6th grade as well. It has some very good vocabulary to introduce and the way it covers such powerful topics as bullying, overcoming fears and death is nothing short of brilliant. A short read, this one packs a punch.(less)
Marvelous work by the fabulous Roger Eschbacher! This book is fun, funny and quite an adventure! Although he begins with a well-known legend in the fo...moreMarvelous work by the fabulous Roger Eschbacher! This book is fun, funny and quite an adventure! Although he begins with a well-known legend in the form of Camelot, the author takes the reader into a whole new realm of creatures and magic we have not seen before. Even some of the most vicious creatures are creative and endearing in this version of the fabled kingdom.
I know boys and girls alike will find this story fascinating and fun. My daughter might complain that it gets a bit “yucky” during the battle scenes, but not more than would cause any normal fifth grade boy to yell out “cool!” as he reads through it. In turn, the boy in my house might not appreciate the innocent crush Leonard has on Maiden Glennys, but my daughter will eat it up. A marvelous balance that is hard to create as an author and I believe Eschbacher has done it superbly. (less)
The Basic Idea The story begins with a young woman, Kara, hiking through the forest in the northern Rockies when she unexpectedly passes through a Lich...moreThe Basic Idea The story begins with a young woman, Kara, hiking through the forest in the northern Rockies when she unexpectedly passes through a Lichgate, a magical doorway into a hidden part of our world. She discovers a powerful book, the Grimoire, and finds herself entangled in a dangerous web of political intrigue, deadly secrets, and racial war. Guided by a dangerous prince who must live in constant disguise, she is never certain who she can trust. As everything that matters to her is stripped away, she must take on a new identity and find a way to promote peace in a world determined for war.
My Thoughts Sounds awesome, right? It is! This book is full of action from the very beginning. There are deadly creatures at every turn and Kara struggles to stay just one step ahead with little to guide her in this dangerous place. It will keep you turning pages, believe me!
The characters are just as detailed as the many and various creatures. Imagine different races that are not only distinct in their appearances, but in their abilities and how they live. Can they ever learn to respect one another and work together? Must they always fight and consider each other enemies? I adore what Boyce has done with the prince in this story, Braeden. As if it isn’t fabulous enough that he lives in constant disguise, hunted by his own father and feared by all others, he softens for Kara, showing a side of himself, and his kind, that none believe to exist. I think even he is surprised by it. How incredible it is that Boyce is able to convey all of that to us in a way that feels as though we are discovering Braeden as he is discovering himself. Wonderful work!
Watch this author, friends. Her sequel, Treason, is expected to come out this summer. I am on pins and needles for this one. I can hardly wait to see what happens next to Kara and Braeden. Will they finish their quest or die trying?
See more of my thoughts and a great article from the author at KidsGottaWrite.blogspot.com
Fascinating, funny and provocative. I found myself cheering him on and smiling when someone surprised him. The scriptures are fascinating and change p...moreFascinating, funny and provocative. I found myself cheering him on and smiling when someone surprised him. The scriptures are fascinating and change people. This is something the author is warned about in the beginning and it's impressive how the truth of this seeps in during his year of living biblically.(less)