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Review: Farworld Land Keep by J. Scott Savage

I just finished reading J. Scott Savage's Farworld Land Keep, book two of the Farworld series.

The backliner reads:

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, in their goal of gathering the other three Elementals— Land, Air, and Fire. However, their journey may come to an end before it even gets started.

Land Keep— home to the powerful and wise Land Elementals— is empty, deserted for at least a thousand years, and the rumor is that the creatures who once controlled all land magic are extinct. The only hope seems to lie in the Augur Well, a legendary Oracle protected by traps and trials set by the Land Elementals before their disappearance. But to get there, Marcus, Kyja, and Cascade must travel deep underground, where Cascade's water magic is weak. And if anything should happen, Marcus and Kyja will be unable to leap to the safety of Earth.

This sets the stage for an exciting story that was so impossible to put down I ended up ignoring all my responsibilities until I turned the last page. What a page turner.

As I read along, J. Scott Savage did an excellent job of pulling me thoroughly into the story. There were times when I wanted to smack Marcus, other times when Kyja need a little smacking. But all in all, the two grew closer and more questions were answered as the journey continued. There was no shortage of bad guys and confrontations.

I don't know how Scott came up with the creatures he did. Some were really quite disgusting, which will thrill boys to no end! And my favorite creature, the Ishkabiddle, made a brief appearance once again.

All in all, this is a marvelous continuation of the Farworld series and I anxiously await the next release. I encourage everyone to purchase Farworld Land Keep and add it to your home libraries. Savage's stories never get old and are wonderful places to revisit often.

Reading level: Ages 9-12 (although I'm 46 and enjoyed every single word!)
Hardcover: 374 pages
Publisher: Shadow Mountain (October 2009)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1606411640
ISBN-13: 978-1606411643
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.2 x 1.4 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds Sales Rank: #10,646 in Books

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Copyright 2009. All rights reserved by Candace E. Salima.
Review: Farworld Land Keep by J. Scott Savage Review: Farworld Land Keep by J. Scott Savage Reviewed by Candace Salima on Sunday, November 15, 2009 Rating: 5