"A Magic Scroll.
A Cry for Help.
Will Two Teenage Brothers Find
The Courage to Answer the Call?"
Storyline - While Hadyn Barlow is cleaning out a hated briar batch on his father and three brothers' new hated farm which they moved to after his mother died, four birds swoop out of the sky towards him and his brother, Ewan, leaving behind four scrolls with the message of adventure. As the boys try to figure out where the birds disappeared to, they come across a huge, ancient stone which transports them to another world that has been losing its children to an evil sorceress. And believe it is up to them to stop it. As they journey to find a way home, the boys are attacked by evil beings and enchanted children, called the Nameless, continually fighting for their lives along with their companions. When one of them is taken, they will have to face their biggest fears and overcome the pain of their past to make it out alive.
Author - D. Barkley Briggs
Publisher - Living Ink Press: an imprint of AMG Publishers
Age Group - 15 and up
Content - At least one swear word (su--) with at least one other strong word. The boys are taught to fight not only evil but what holds them back inside, keeping them from doing what needs to be done but also the evil plaguing the land. One boy attacked someone who he felt wasn't a friend and hurt someone he cared about.
Personal Opinion - This book had a good storyline with the best part being it mentions Minnesota. Okay, I'm kidding but it was pretty good. Unfortunatly, I had trouble connecting to side characters and getting completly into the story. The side characters all seemed to be similar in nature and might be one reason why I had trouble connecting. It had some good, exciting moments and some interesting lessons but the book felt long and the Nameless's reasoning was confused on how they came to their conclusions. I had trouble connecting the dots until one character started to fall for it. The brothers are believable characters, their anger, motivation, and feelings. I think this series has potential and the mysteries left to be uncovered makes me want to try to get the other books in the series.
Links - Learn more about the books and author here.
Special Notes - Books 2, Corus the Champion, and 3, The Song of Unmaking, are now available.
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