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The Goldenwealth Light (The Traveler of Ord #1)

4.38  ·  Rating details ·  39 ratings  ·  29 reviews
Rather than being a hero with the fate of an entire world on his shoulders, Theodore Ellsworth spends his miserable days suffering merciless humiliation at the hands of prep-school bullies. It just so happens that an ancient prophecy, a shimmering city, and a herd of six-legged horses are about to change all that.

When a mysterious book transports Theo and his overachieving
Paperback, 249 pages
Published November 20th 2012 by Scott McCloskey
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Stjepan Cobets
Jul 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Fan of fantasy
My rating 4.8
The book The Goldenwealth Light (The Traveler of Ord #1) by Scott McCloskey is an excellent fantasy novel. Writer's imagination will take us into a wonderful world full of secrets that even though it looks absolutely fascinating hides many dangerous secrets. Theodore and Marie Ellsworth come to a new home because their parents are rich overnight. Their world has changed completely, from two beloved children now have become totally neglected by their parents, who are constantly runni
Jun 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Kids and middle graders who like fantasy novels
Shelves: mg_fantasy
This book really surprised me. I wasn't expecting more than a convoluted standard fantasy tale, and this book took me by surprise at every turn. I am absolutely going to hold on to it to read to my kids when they're old enough (LET IT BE NOOWWWWWW) and buy the sequels for them, too.

There were a few minor points where the prose was awkwardly less than subtle, but never enough to make me roll my eyes in annoyance. These irregularities are easily forgiven because, as a book for kids, it needs to be
Enrico Antiporda
Feb 25, 2013 rated it really liked it
Y.A. fantasy is not really my genre, but I was given a free copy so I thought I'd read and give it an honest review.

The story centers on Theo Ellsworth, a junior high school student in a hoity-toity private school for rich kids. I'm talking about the sons of old money here, spoiled blue-blazered kids being chauffeured around the all-boys campus. Anyway, Theo hates his school and his miserable new life. You see, before his family struck it rich in a lotto jackpot, they were a regular close-knit
Karen Perkins
Dec 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Theo's parents won the lottery which turned Theo and his sister, Marie's, lives upside down, and not in a good way. They are piled with 'stuff', except they do not get what they really want – time and attention from their parents. On top of that, Theo is bullied at his new school for being 'nouveau' and feels completely alone, losing himself in JRR Tolkein and other fantasy novels. Then he finds a mysterious book in the school library – its pages are blank, yet it is bound with an elaborate cove ...more
Michaela McGregor
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Everyone!
The author provided a copy of this book for my honest opinion.

The Goldenwealth Light, the first in the Traveler of Ord Series, is an entrancing, riveting fantasy for all ages. If you liked The Chronicles of Prydain, The Chronicles of Narnia and The Neverending Story, this series is for you.

From the beginning, Theo Ellsworth captures your heart. He’s the kid with his nose stuck in a book, trying to escape his miserable life. An absent father, superficial mother and rich prep-school bullies all w
Marie-Anne Mancio
Apr 24, 2013 rated it really liked it
I don't think I'm the target reader for this book; for one, it's not
my genre so I don’t know how original it is and secondly I don't have children so I can't tell whether they'd like it. Nevertheless, it was really enjoyable and well constructed.

The story seems to have a few nods to Harry Potter (the spells for instance) and there’s a lovely line where it deconstructs itself and the hero notes that people in fantasy novels don’t usually have to go to the toilet! I like that here the boy doesn’t
Dec 23, 2012 rated it really liked it
If I were to describe this novel in one word, that word would be cute. It is 2 fairytales all rolled into one: the modern day fairytale of becoming nouveau riche, and the stereotypical fairytale of a hero on a quest for the princess. Yes, it is a story with a real quest and a very creative travelling fellowship.

This novel was extremely well written. McCloskey’s words flow together to paint a brilliant picture for his audience. It progresses seamlessly from scene to scene and from character to ch
Jean Gill
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it
Imaginative and enjoyable Part 1 of a bigger story for children

Be warned - the book ends in the middle of the story, which could be disappointing, especially for children, so I would have preferred to have the sequel too - and an ending, even an interim ending. However it is a big, enjoyable fantasy story, with an exciting quest for the two main characters, Theodore and his little sister Marie. They are transported from modern America to a world with six-legged bi-corned horses, warriors and peo
Scott Spotson
Jun 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Wow, this was sure some enticing children's fantasy. With a nod to transgender people, perhaps, although definitely from a simple child's viewpoint and without the details or the politics.

I was ready to give this a full five stars, but the book ended abruptly. I prefer stand-alone novels. Contrary to what authors of series of incomplete books might think, loving the first book doesn't mean I would automatically read the second. Believe it or not, expectation, i.e. getting a feel of how much is l
C.A. Pack
Jun 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
"The Goldenwealth Light" by Scott McCloskey is the first book in a children’s fantasy series about a middle school boy and his demanding and sometimes obnoxious little sister, who miss their lives from the time before their parents won a lottery. The youngsters mysteriously awaken one morning on another world with unusual beings and customs, not knowing how to return home.

The author paints a rich world in vivid color with wonderful, unusual and occasionally frightful characters, many of whom use
Michael Long
Dec 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
Theo is a boy who doesn't fit in at school and is neglected by his newly rich parents. He discovers a special book in the library and he is transported along with his sister into another world where he soon discovers that he is chosen by the god of that world to restore balance between good and evil. Accompanied by several young individuals who are "contraries" (those who talents often backfire on them), he journeys towards a city that everyone has lost contact with to find out what happened to ...more
Apr 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: junior, fantasy
I give this 3 1/2 stars. Note: I received this free in return for my honest review.

It was a fun and easy read. The three main characters, Theo, Marie and Tessa are well done. Theo is a believable protagonist where you really empathize with him and everything he is going through. Marie is the annoying younger sister but you have to love her spunk. The relationship between Marie and Theo is wonderful as you watch it grow. I would have enjoyed a bit more on Theo's and Marie's physical descriptions,
Patricia Hamill
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed-by-me
Danger, friendship, and adventure abound in this action packed tale of young Theo and his little sister, Marie, who join with a charismatic group of 'contrary' young people on an epic journey through a magical land.

While the scenery and imagery are dynamic as well as beautiful, I think the greatest strength of this story is the cast of unique and richly developed characters and fantasy creatures. The central theme is one of learning to accept yourself and others despite perceived differences or
Noor Al-Shanti
Jun 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fantasy
An excellent, fun, YA fantasy set in a well-built world. It's a portal fantasy where the main character Theo doesn't quite fit happily into his own world and then he finds himself transported to a completely different one. The world of Quaylund is well-built and has all kinds of interesting quirks and characters. The characters are pretty well-written and the plot moves along nicely, compelling the reader on to the next chapter. I had a hard time putting it down for important things like sleep, ...more
May 20, 2013 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: fantasy/adventure lovers, readers of MG/YA no matter their age, kids ~10-15yo
Shelves: ebook, r2r, mg
Disclosure: I received an e-copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review, as part of the Read & Review program of the group "David Estes Fans & YA Book Lovers Unite!"

I would like to say thanks to the author and to the group for letting me participate in this R&R! I had such fun reading this book and highly recommend it to others.

I was drawn in to this book from the very first pages - before the story itself even starts - when the author sets forth a sort of old-
Micki Peluso
The Goldenwealth Light (The Traveler of Ord)
Scott McCloskey

Theo Ellsworth is a young boy trying to fit into the pampered rich lifestyle placed upon him by his parents winning a lot of money. He and his pesky little sister, Marie, go to an expensive private school and their middle-class, but pleasant life no longer exists. They are the “nouveau rich” and bullying boys never let Theo forget it. As he buries himself in his one passion — reading fantasy and other books, he finds a large heavy book
Kathy Cunningham
Feb 07, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Scott McCloskey’s THE GOLDENWEALTH LIGHT is a mythic adventure story reminiscent of C. S. Lewis’s NARNIA books. Junior high student Theo Ellsworth is frustrated with his mundane life – his parents are too busy making money to pay much attention to him, he has no friends at his pretentious private school (where he’s bullied on a daily basis), and his precocious little sister Marie is pretty much a constant thorn in his side (she loves sticking out her tongue at him when no one else is looking!). ...more
Jan 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
The Goldenwealth Light by author Scott McCloskey was a truly magical journey from beginning to end. When his family wins the lotto, Theo and his precocious little sister Marie soon find out that having money is not everything. Life changes drastically and unpleasantly for them as their parents become members of high society and spend less and less time with them. Theo faces bullying and retreats to the only comfort he knows--reading a good fantasy. When he discovers an old book in the library, h ...more
Dec 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
I received a copy of this book in exchange for my honest review, and I rate it as four stars.

The Goldenwealth Light is a children’s story about two siblings who entered another world, soon setting out on a quest to help the kingdom they landed in. Theo is a type of preordained hero in charge of setting things right in the world, or at least to bring it into balance. His sister Marie comes along for the ride and develops some abilities of her own along the way.

The story brings numerous fantasy ch
Marc Secchia
Dec 05, 2013 rated it liked it
I enjoyed The Goldenwealth Light, finishing it in two sittings. I found it a book of two halves - slow first half where the pace lagged, then a second half where the author finds his stride and things really start to happen, and I was just getting into the story when ... cliffhanger ending. C'mon, publish part 2! Quick!

The good stuff - 2nd half of the book. Much more entertaining than the first, the world becomes more real, and the quest starts. The characters develop both as individuals and as
May 03, 2013 rated it liked it
I found this a very interesting book. The writing and plot were strong, and although there were some parts that were not entirely original, there was nothing that changed my overall rating of this book.
The characters were fun to read about. I especially enjoyed Tessa's personalisation. However, I found Theo a little fake, in the way that everything was compared to a fantasy book, like how Santa's elves actually looked more like dwarves. I would have thought him able to accept them as elves, con
Duane Gundrum
Apr 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was a lot of fun and managed to hold my interest, even though my schedule made it necessary to read it in little spurts at a time. The author has a talent for maintaining a story over a long period of time and not falling back on tropes of common fantasy stories, almost as if it is written to be the anti-trope type of story, which was quite frustrating.

As I'm not usually the sort of person to read a young adult story, I was on edge in the beginning, but quickly realized this story was
May 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My Review: This an absolutely enchanting book. It is obviously a young adult or older child book. Don’t let that put you off reading it I am well past those years and really enjoyed the read. The hero of our story, Theo, starts out as a bullied junior high student in the world as we know it. Due to his parents sudden wealth he and his sister are overlooked in the search for even more status and wealth. Theo has one talent he likes to read. He spends as much time as he can hiding out in the schoo ...more
Dec 25, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It had me from the very first page to the very last.I felt so bad for Theo when the bullies would pick on him, or the fact that now that his parents have money they no longer have time for Theo and his little sister Marie. The characters are likable and the way the description of the land they find themselves in is written you can picture it in your mind. Who wouldn't want to ride an escarot, meet a yurt and shottlefairies. The book is written for young readers but adults will ...more
May 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Scott McCloskey's The Goldenwealth Light is a story about a young boy Theo and his younger sister Marie. This book has a perfect combination of action, danger, duty, friendship, love, trust and to believe in oneself. Theo doesn't believe in himself and never felt more responsible about anything in his life before coming to Gossamer city. He is a traveller of Tarad Ord and has to do what fate has decided for him whether he likes it or not. He has to confront his fears and protect his sister. This ...more
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One of the things I really liked about this book was Theo's missing his old life and how when his family had less money, they were all happier. It was a refreshing twist on a character, so I liked Theo from the start. One thing that did grate on me was Marie calling Theo 'Brother' constantly, it really annoyed me. However, I did like the other characters and am intrigued by the traversimorphs. I also liked how Theo's status in the new world is not quite that of a hero, so this book set itself ap ...more
Jeremy Poole
May 17, 2013 rated it really liked it
The Goldenwealth light was a fun well written, Young fantasy book. If you’ve read ‘the Lion, the witch and the wardrobe’ and ‘Harry potter’, this reads like the former, with nods to the latter.
As a fantasy, it works very well and after a slow start, very similar to ‘the never ending story’.
This fantasy novel has well written characters, but the plot is a little sparse, the idea, that the readers decide the plot, isn’t new, but does add a little interest to the novel as a whole.
The problem with t
Feb 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children, ya
This is a fantastic middle grade/YA fantasy/adventure story, but fun for adults, too. There are fantastic new creatures, magic, and a wonderful new world to explore. The pace is great and the characters are wonderfully drawn. I was engrossed in the book and I can't wait for the next. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy adventure.
Victoria Zigler
Apr 20, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an entertaining and unusual book. The plot moves well, and is full of surprises. the characters are full of personality, and are believable. And the story itself is an amusing, inventive and enjoyable one. A great read!
ann poultney
rated it it was amazing
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Scott McCloskey has searched from the eastern United States all the way to Osaka, Japan, but has uncovered no Elvish rings of power, nor magic swords to hold aloft. Blame books for teaching him never to give up. In the meantime, he takes breaks here and there to pen the almost plausible adventures of siblings Theodore and Marie Ellsworth in The Gossamer City, as they are dictated to him by the dim ...more