Friday, August 15, 2008

Far World: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage

J. Scott Savage takes us on an amazing adventure in his new young adult fantasy novel, Farworld: Water Keep, the first book in a planned 5 book series. I've gotten to know Savage somewhat through his fantastic blog, Find Your Magic over the past few months and was highly anticipating this novel. It certainly didn't disappoint. In fact, it exceeded my expectations. This book explores the idea of magic and the magic that is inside each and everyone of us...undoubtedly an idea that will appeal to children of all ages (including us adults!). Marcus is a young boy who has a disability and uses a wheelchair. His arm and leg were crushed as a child and are useless to him. We find him at a boarding school at the opening of the novel and soon learn that he has the ability to make people seemingly not notice him when he needs to. We also realize that there are a group of creepy characters that are doing everything they can TO notice him and they are not of this world. Kyja lives in another world, Farworld and while she does not have a physical disability she feels she is still disabled. She is the only person in her world who cannot perform magic. She's trained under Master Therapass, a master wizard, since she was young trying to prove that she does have magic in her. She has a friend, a Skyte who is a little fire breathing ball of hilarity and adds so many episodes of laughter to this wonderful novel. Kyja and Marcus soon meet as their worlds cross and they learn that they must lean on each other and use each others strengths to overcome the evil that could threaten the existence of Farworld as they know it. Favorite moments in this book are Marcus and Kyja's first experiences in each other's worlds. Don't get me wrong, there is so much more to absolutely love and get enraptured by in this book, but the scene where Kyja first experiences a fast food restaurant just had me laughing out loud. The adventure in this book is phenomenal and the action scenes are epic. Savage has created some of the most unique and terrifying villains in a field of literature where it's hard to imagine anything new anymore. I truly didn't want it to end and I can't wait for book 2. I have a feeling that this one will do extremely well when it is released on September 12th according to Amazon. If you'd like a chance to win an autographed ARC of this book, just leave me a comment on this post and I'll pick a winner next Saturday, August 23rd.

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