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Monday, August 18, 2008

Farworld: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage

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Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Publication Year: 2008 (Sept)
ISBN: 159038962X
Format: Paperback
Pages: 432

Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars

I first heard about J. Scott Savage around the time that I read and reviewed an ARC of James Dasher’s new series The 13th Reality: The Journal of the Curious Letters (my review). Shortly after reading and reviewing that book I became a regular reader of J. Scott Savages blog. It was while reading one of his posts that I learned of his planned blog tour to promote his upcoming book, Farworld: Water Keep. When he asked for bloggers to volunteer, how could I not lift my hand up high? After all I have always been a fan of fantasy and I love to read things before others so it seemed like a match made in heaven.

Farworld: Water Keep is the first book in a planned five book series which revolves around Marcus, a crippled orphan who dreams of a world where he can walk and do magic and where the trees and animals can talk. A world in which he isn’t all that much different than everyone else. So you can imagine it comes as a huge shock when one day a huge snake-like creature tries to kill him but before the worst happens he finds himself in his imaginary world….only its not as imaginary as he thought. Farworld is a real place and exits in parallel to Earth and he and a girl Kyja are the keys to maintain the balance of both worlds.

I thought that this book started off a little slow. I started it in June and would read it in bits. Then I moved and was forced to take a hiatus from the book (it got swept up in the packing and took awhile to find again). When I did locate it I started to read it again and found that once Marcus and Kyja connected and started on their journey that the story really picked up. I became engrossed in their story and found myself rapidly turning the pages to see what happens next. When I hit the end I let out a cry of frustration because I wasn’t ready for the story to end.

There is a little bit of everything in this novel there is a detailed and well thought out plot. There are well drawn and well defined characters that range the spectrum from good to evil. The people are all fleshed out nicely and have depth and flaws and all the right traights to make them less like characters and more like real people. As first books in a series goes this one was a real winner. It sets the tone for the main story arc that will span all five books and around that are several other mini-story arcs that are woven nicely around it. Savage also managed to pack in a lot of background information without bogging down the story in details. He gave just enough here and there for everything to flow nicely without interruption.

Farworld is a book that is filled with adventure that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Mystery to keep you guessing and lessons about life. Its about accepting yourself for who your are and what you can do….even if you are different from those around you. And even with all the positive feel good messages it never ones feels preachy. Instead all the books lessons are woven nicely into the tale that you barely realise you are being taught something until its too late. (I was gonna quote something from the book here but of course I can’t find the book. I think that my house ghost Simon might have borrowed it to read….or he’s just being all playful again. So be sure to check back…as this wee section might change a bit.)

If you like fantasy fiction then I strongly recommend this book. I predict that this book will be a huge hit and you don’t want to miss it!

Now can someone please point me in the direction of a time machine so I can get my hands on book 2?

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