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My name is Pat and I live in Florida. My skin will never be smooth again and my hair will never see color. I enjoy collecting autographs and playing in Paint Shop Pro.,along with reading and writing. Sometimes, I enjoy myself by doing volunteer "work" helping celebrities at autograph shows. I love animals and at one time I did volunteer work for Tippi Hedren's Shambala Preserve.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Far World: Land Keep

Farworld: Land Keep  by J Scott Savage.

Hardcover: 374 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (October 2009)
ISBN-10: 1606411640


Product Description

Four mythical Elementals Water, Land, Air, and Fire have the power to save two worlds, Earth and Farworld, from a common enemy: the Dark Circle. In book one, Water Keep, a portal has been opened between the two worlds, allowing Marcus, from Earth, and Kyja, from Farworld, to combine their unique gifts and begin their epic quest to find the Elementals. In book two, Land Keep, Marcus and Kyja travel with Cascade, a Water Elemental, toward Land Keep, the home of the powerful and wise Land Elementals. However, their journey may end before it even begins. Land Keep is empty, deserted for at least a thousand years, and the rumor is that the creatures who once controlled all land magic are extinct. Marcus and Kyja's only hope seems to lie in finding the Augur Well, a legendary Oracle protected by subtle traps and mind-bending trials. To succeed in their quest, Marcus and Kyja must also avoid the Keepers of the Balance, an order dedicated to redistributing magic to the rich and powerful. And they must travel far underground, where Cascade is unable to follow and where they will be unable to leap to the safety of Earth. As the Dark Circle closes around them, Marcus and Kyja are faced with the temptation of what they desire most. Sacrifices must be made, and not everyone will survive unscathed.

Thanks to my "son" Chris I finally got to read book 2 of Far World.

I think the adventure for this one was better than book one.  Mr Savage came up with some very unique characters and it makes me look forward to even more in book 3 and 4.

From the last book Marcus and Kyja are aided by the water elemental, Cascade, who although agreed to help them is not all that happy about trying to find the land elemental.

There was a character in the learning tree of the Land Elementals which stood out to me and was quite enjoyable, though only in the book briefly.  His actions were a little scatter brained but you knew there was a lot more to him than that.

Even with Marcus' disabilities being in Far world makes him (in some ways)stronger and in other ways,  every so often, he needs to go back to Earth to recuperate . With each trip back to Earth Kyja learns more and more about the place she really belongs.

Land Keep is an enjoyable read and is very suitable for the young adults it is written for.  They are books I will pass on to my grandson who I know will enjoy all the trials and tribulations of  Marcus and Kyja.


Blogger Cath said...

I'm thinking my grandaughter might like these for her b/day as they're not well known here. Always hard to find her something she hasn't already read. I can then borrow them back off her. LOL.

9:17 AM  
Blogger Chris said...

I really need to read this one! I really enjoyed the first one in the series quite a bit! And I loved the illustrations. I peeked at the illustrations in this one before I sent it to you ;) And they looked fantastic!!

12:00 PM  
Blogger Sheila Beaumont said...

I hadn't even heard of this series. I followed your link to Amazon, and it does sound like something I'd enjoy. Thanks for telling us about it!

Pat, you wondered if I live in a mudslide area. Fortunately, I don't, but people who live near the foothills are having a rough time, and there's lots more rain to come. This series of Southern California storms is forecast to last through Saturday!

7:36 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

As you probably have gathered by now...These kinds of story's hold no interest for me. The second I read 'two worlds' or other vlues that it is a fantasy future or mythical world---I'm!
But I love that YOU love them and let people know your opinion...!

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Glad you found another enjoyable book. I am reading a Dan Simmons book right now called Summer of Night. It is one of his earlier ones. He is a very good author as you found when you read Drood. This one you might not enjoy as it is a horror novel. I don't read too many horror stories but if it is good I get stuck. His descriptions are very evocative of mood and place. This one takes place in a small Illinois town of the sixties.
Needless to say..not illustrated which is probably for the best. Vala3

4:11 PM  
Blogger DesLily said...

cath: yes a 10 yr old would probably like this series.. good lessons in it.

chris: yeah at one point they gave away a copy of one of those illustrations on his blog!

sheila: oh good! saw some of those mudslide on the news last night! I was not near them when I lived in ca either thank goodness

naomi: well when one doesn't have such a well full of great friends to occupy me.. escape is done thru books and movies! lol..

sher: i have a second book by Dan Simmons in the tbr pile.. The Terror.
btw: what color or colors would you like for an afghan.. I have a few already made maybe if the colors are right you can have one!

7:17 AM  

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