Friday, November 04, 2011
When two vicious wolves chase fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark down a path from our world into another, his life is forever changed. He has no idea they have been sent by the Lorkon—evil, immortal beings who are jealous of powers he doesn’t know he possesses—powers they desire to control.
The inhabitants of the new world desperately need Jacob's help in recovering a magical key that was stolen by the Lorkon and is somehow linked to him. If he helps them, his life will be at risk. But if he chooses not to help them, both our world and theirs will be in danger. The Lorkon will stop at nothing to unleash the power of the key—and Jacob's special abilities. (Synopsis from Goodreads)
Fantasy is a tough genre. I enjoy a great fantasy, but they require so much more to feel real. This story is enjoyable and I like the concept, but I struggled a little to immerse myself in the world of Kilenya. New ideas were presented so quickly that I did not have a chance to accept them as true before another new word or idea was there begging to be understood. This definitely improved as the story progressed, and the characters became more real and likable as I continued to read.
Jacob seems like a typical 14 year old boy struggling to figure out his place in life. He feels awkward and inferior to his older brother, Matt. When he arrives in Kilenya his thoughts are awkward, like he is, but they seem to mature and develop along his journey. There is a hint of romance (a must for me in a truly enjoyable book) that enters the book about half way through, but we may need to read further books in the series to see what happens there.
All in all, the story is a cute one. It is a good fit for younger readers and I plan to read the future installments in the series.
My rating: 3 Stars
Content: some violence, but not graphic
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Disclosure: I received a free ebook copy in order to provide this review. The opinion expressed above is 100% my own.