Thursday, February 24, 2011

Beyond the Dead Forest

Beyond the Dead Forest, Steve Groll, Tate Publishing, Fantasy, 2010, 416 pages. 

Synopsis: It just appeared one day out of nowhere—a dead forest that the partners had never seen before. Carter and Kat think they know every tree, river, and rock within five miles of their homes, but this section of wood, completely devoid of life, was not supposed to exist. Stepping through a doorway into a bizarre world filled with darkness, terror, and death, they embark on a quest to discover the greatest treasure of all. Aided by a strange old man they called the Guardian, and armed with spiritual weapons, their wits, and a growing arsenal of wisdom, they battle against forces of darkness that are determined to destroy them. Hitch a wild ride with the arrogant Mr. Stewborn with a raving madman in hot pursuit. Come stay awhile in the inescapable People Rule Inn and experience a place where nightmares are real. Travel through the depressing Valley of Shadows, and meet dark creatures you have never imagined. Join Carter and Kat as they venture Beyond the Dead Forest and discover, with our heroes, the unsurpassable riches of wisdom that can empower you to change your life and your world.

Thoughts: This book, as well as being a great adventure, was a great moral guide. It gave me responses to temptations that Christ would approve of. The primary thing that caught my attention was that this book was a Pilgrim’s Progress that is more understandable to younger readers. One minor qualm I had was that, at the beginning, Carter and Kat didn’t seem like they were 12. Their exploration of the woods fit, but their conversation often sounded like they were older. All in all, I really enjoyed the book, and it is now among my favorites. It's worth it to buy.

Rating: 5 stars

This book was provided free by the author. I was not required to write a positive review, and the opinions expressed are my own.

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  1. Sounds like a good book! The theme of 'kids exploring woods' is one I love reading/writing about. I'll make a note of this tale; thanks for the recommendation!

  2. After reading the interview and your bit about the book it sounds like it could come across pretty dark. I wonder how dark it really is...Good review though, gave me a good picture of what I might get into!

  3. Noah your blog as well as Cson's never shortens my reading list. I always come here and find at least one more book I want to read.

    Like this one!
    I like, dark, interesting, thriller, creepy books.

    Thanks Noah!