Picture it. You are 13 years old. Your family moves far from where you grew up, leaving friends and familiar haunts behind. You're disoriented, outraged, and generally unhappy. Unable to express your feelings in words, you find escape in separating yourself from others as much as possible in school, resolve to wallow in negativity frequently, and roam the hillsides surrounding the new place you dwell (since you don't really consider it home). One day while out exploring the "lands", you happen upon a strange portion of a now familiar pathway. Curiousity gets the better of you, and...WHOOSH! You find yourself in a place that begs recollection, yet you simply can't place. It looks like "home" and yet not all at once...
In the end, I enjoyed the overall story, but the ending was not what I expected at all. The journey comes to an end for all intents and purposes and we discover the fate of Elwood Pitch and friends, but there is a slight twist in the last few lines that just leaves me unsettled. It feels like the story was finished (for now at least) and perhaps the added in feelings might have been better kept for the next story....then again, the author could have wanted to leave you in this emotional quandry thus building anticipation for book two. (*ponders*)
Will I be looking for the next book in the series? It's hard to say. While I am curious about the next adventure and how their relationships grow, I'd have to try to make sure I create a reading cone of sorts (similar to the "cone of silence" referenced in The Avengers movie, but less funny, more uninterrupted time) to allow full immersion into the other world to take place, otherwise it becomes too hard to follow. (Ever have a book like that? Wait, don't answer that...wait for the 'comment creator'...)
There is a site dedicated to this new series. Providing both a sneak peek at the current release as well as information on the next installment (The Mornith War) scheduled for 2011, it's sure to wet your appetite for adventure. Once you're a fan, you can start your indepth exploration of the characters and lands with the other interactive features available.
Special thanks to Kat at North Atlantic Books for the ARC for review. (THANK YOU!) For more information on this title and more, check out their blog, site, or follow along on Twitter (publisher or book)!
Regarding reading preferences, everyone has some to a certain degree at least. Do you read epic fantasy novels or series? (By epic fantasy, I am referring to books where the fantasy world comes at you full force in language, lands, creatures, etc...in a 'heavy' way.) If so....what draws you to them? Which one is your favorite? If not, why?
Until next time....happy reading!