Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Book pick of the month: Farworld

I do reviews once a month on this LDS Readers blog.

But someone beat me to Farworld. It's such a great book, that I really wanted to add my own endorsement. I am a longtime fan of the author, J. Scott Savage, and have read every book he's ever published (and some of his unpublished work as well). I don't know what it is exactly, maybe it's his writing, or his "voice", or his super cool plots, or just the fact that he's way smarter than me, but I love his books. This new fantasy series really takes the cake.

In fact, I read it twice. I know, there are very few books I'll read twice, but this is one that is fun to read aloud to your kids as well.

Also, J. Scott is allowing me to give away a free ARC (advanced readers copy) of his book. So whoever is the first person to comment on this blog will get a free ARC. Just write your comment, then email me at: heather at hbmoore dot com

So here is my official review:

Farworld: Water Keep
By J. Scott Savage
Release Date: September 2008

—Reviewed by Heather Moore

“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, Farworld. 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 where he is passed from one foster home to another. A boy with magical powers.

Meet Kyja, a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in Farworld, a magical place where horses tell jokes and the sun rises to dawn chimes. But Kyja is a girl who can do no magic, and isn’t affected by magic, or so she thinks.

Meet Master Therapass, a powerful wizard who has kept a dangerous secret for thirteen years. When the Dark Circle discovers the secret, the two worlds of Marcus and Kyja collide. Together they must outsmart the Dark Circle and travel to Water Keep—the first elemental that can help them defeat the Dark Circle.

Farworld is full of suspense, humor, and surprising twists that will keep readers of any age guessing.


Maria Zannini said...

If I'm first, I'd love to read this.

Heather B. Moore said...

Yes! You are the first. And I know you already love fantasy books, so it's a perfect fit :) Send me your address and I'll get it to J. Scott. Congrats!

Kimberly said...

Your review is spot on. My reactions were much the same. It's a bit annoying to be anticipating book two when the first one hasn't been published yet though. Still, I wouldn't trade the experience for anything.

Heather B. Moore said...

Kimberly, there's a fine love/hate line with ARC's. Yes--you want to read the book asap, but then you end up waiting even LONGER for book #2. LOL.