Monday, July 7, 2008

Farworld: A Gem Of A Novel

When I was a teenager I thought I had it tough, and in many ways I did, but today's world is entirely different from the world I was brought up in. The youth of today are faced with so many challenges and they deal with tough choices in every aspect of their lives. The world throws thousands of things at them at once and most have to fight to keep their focus. Some youth rise to the challenges while others stumble along this path we call life.

Despite the trials our youth face, there is strength in them. I can see it. It's so important to do all we can to help them to succeed in overcoming the opposition they must confront on a daily basis. That's why I'm so grateful for all the good that is still in the world, and I'm grateful for all the people who strive to make it a better world for them.

J. Scott Savage is one of those special people.

There is nothing so wonderful as a good book and there are a lot of them. However, Scott's new YA fantasy Farworld is one of the most enjoyable fantasy novels I've read in a long time. I love fantasy, but I absolutely adore a fantasy with a uplifting message. Farworld has that and more.

Other people may see thirteen-year-old Marcus Kanenas as an outcast and a nobody, but he sees himself as a survivor and a dreamer. In fact, his favorite dream is 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 magic in a world where spells, charms, and potions are everywhere, and Master Therapass, a master wizard who has kept a secret hidden for thirteen years, a secret that could change the fate of two worlds.

But the Dark Circle has learned of Master Therapass's secret and their evil influence and power are growing. Farworld's only hope is for Marcus and Kyja to find the mythical Elementals-water, land, air, and fire-and convince them to open a drift between the worlds.

As Kyja and Marcus travel to Water Keep, they must face the worst evil the Dark Circle can throw at them-Summoners, who can command the living and the dead. Unmakers, invisible creatures that can destroy both body and soul; and dark images known as Thrathkin S'Bae.

Along the way, Marcus and Kyja will discover the truth about their own heritage, the strength of their friendship, and the depths of their unique powers.

This was a book that I couldn't put down and I took with me everywhere. It's a story that both young and old will enjoy. It is a story of courage in the face of evil and belief in one's self, and it will leave you anticipating the next book in the series.
Farworld, Water Keep is published by Shadow Mountain and will be in stores on August 8th.
Find out more about J Scott Savage and his books by visiting his blog at

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1 comment:

Shirley Bahlmann said...

Awesome review! Thanks for pointing me to it.