Sunday, December 4, 2011

The Book of Names

The Book of Names, D. Barkley Briggs, Legends of Karac Tor, Living Ink books, Fantasy, March 15, 2011, 400 pages.

Synopsis: From an ancient land of myth and legend comes a cry for help. Will two teenage brothers from our world find the courage to answer the call?

After tragedy strikes, Hadyn and Ewan Barlow must adjust to a depressing new life. But when a secret viking runestone opens the door to a world in peril, they are given a choice: join the battle of this magical, foreign land, or never find their way home again. In the Hidden Lands of Karac Tor, names are being stolen. Darkness spreads. As strange new powers awaken within, will the Barlows reluctantly answer the call to fight? Or will they succumb to Nemesia's dark spell and join the Lost...forever?

My thoughts: I hadn't heard a great deal about these books before a particular friend kept recommending them to me, but now I can see why he did. This first book, for instance, has wonderful writing, deep characters (I really got into them!), and an awesome plot and adventure. The Barlow family goes through severe grief, wonderful joy, and many other emotions throughout, looking to God for answers, and it made the book one of my top favorites. Any reader of fantasy (or even deep legend) should read this series!

My rating: 5 stars

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