The Book of Names

The Book of Names by D.Barkley Briggs
D.Barkley Briggs
Novpress publishing
Release Date:
Jul-15-2008

Rating (0 - 10 scale)
9

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young adult

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Flamingnet Student Book Reviewer  KMeng
Two brothers, Haydn and Ewan, have to deal with more than the loss of their mother. One night while they were sleeping, Ewan had a dream that called him to an arch they discovered, which turned out to be a portal to a new land of Karac Tor. His brother followed him into the portal. They met several people in this new land. Flogg the gnome, Sorge the warrior monk, Asandra the mirling, and several other characters become their allies. The boys discover that this land is slowly falling to the evil sorceress, Nemesia, and that they were Called to stop her. Working bravely for the defeat of Nemesia, they face revenge, kidnapping, deceit, and mysteries that aren't so easy to solve.

As I started to read The Book of Names I was overcome with how unique and awesome it was. I can't exactly put my finger on what was so amazing, but this book possesses strong qualities that are wonderful for a fantasy. The characters are extremely diverse in personality, and there are several with great character foil. I love the vocabulary because it made me pay attention better to the words instead of just flying through the story. The plot is extremely well-developed through the entire story. However, many events happen near the end that I couldn't comprehend as much because they didn't have enough detail. Overall, The Book of Names was a very good read and I recommend it to any fantasy lover.

Reviewer Age:14

Reviewer City, State and Country: Carlisle, Pennsylvania United States of America

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SUMMARY
It was supposed to be a routine Thanksgiving break. But when Hadyn and Ewan Barlow discover an ancient Viking runestone buried on their family farm, they unwittingly open a magical portal to an ancient world. Fleeing grief and broken dreams over the loss of their mother, the two brothers find themselves hailed as Champions in the Royal Kingdom of Karac Tor. But all is not well. Nemesia the witch has released shadows over the land. Worse yet, names are being stolen from The Book of Names, the most sacred relic in the kingdom. Before long, the Barlows realize they must find the courage to join the fight, or they will never find their way home. There's just one problem: even if they survive, will anyone know how to send them back?

Early Amazon reviews (Avg. 5 Stars):

5.0 out of 5 -- "Great New Fantasy Series For The Fantasy Lover"

5.0 -- "A fantasy tale worth reading, whatever your age"

5.0 -- "The book was a hit at our house!"

4.0 -- "Incredibly Entertaining"

5.0 -- "Couldn't put it down!"

5.0 -- "Terrific coming of age fantasy"

5.0 -- "So, so good--can't wait for the next in the series"

4.0 -- "Get Ready for an Adventure!"

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