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The Book of Names - reprint edition
Legends of Karak Tor - Book One
by D. Barkley Briggs
Publisher:Living Ink distributed by Kingsway
Published:15 March 2011
Four, still grieving, motherless boys, have moved with their historian father to rural Missouri from Independence, a suburb of Kansas City. A culture shock for them all, though it is some comfort to know that their mother had helped plan this move before her death.
Haydn, the older boy, has been set an after school chore of clearing a huge bramble patch in one of their fields and surprisingly this task is what leads him and his brothers into an adventure of fantastical proportions.
What follows is a story of stumbling, Narnialike into another world, among good and evil beings, each trying to win supremacy. Peopled by a mixture of humans, wraiths, fey, faeries, gnomes and many more, Haydn and his younger brother Ewan are drawn into the story, seemingly by accident. This is a real page turner for readers of any age, chapter after chapter you have to keep reading.
Originally written to help his own four boys following the death of their mother, D. Barkley Briggs has woven a satisfyingly complex tale that has taken on a life of its own so that there is another book to follow, Corus The Champion
But back to this book – surprise and adventure follow fast, one after the other right to the final surprise on the last page. And then.......?
Reviewer: Mary Bartholomew (07/11/12)