Started – 22/1/12
Finished – 4/2/12
Format – Kindle E-book
Synopsis – Jack Brenin’s life changes the moment he finds a golden acorn lying in the grass. He gets caught up in an extraordinary magical adventure and enters a world he only believed existed in legend. He’s sure he’s been mistaken for someone else. He’s neither brave nor strong so how could he possibly be ‘The One’ an ancient prophesy speaks about? He’s no idea why he’s expected to help, unsure if he wants to, or even if he can.
My Thoughts – I downloaded this book as part of the 12 days of Kindle sale over Christmas. This jumped out at me because i was after a fantasy book, that wasnt too out of the world, and I’m trying to read more books from the young adult genre.
This book centres on Jack, who has gone to live with his grandfather, following on from the death of his mother. Jack i feel is a typical childrens book character, young lost boy, no friends when he moves to a new area. A proficy has been made that a young boy will help to save a hidden magical race, that just happen to live near to Jacks Grandfather. We are introduced to Nora, who the locals see as a bit mad, but she is far from it, she is the one that leads Jack to this new magical world.
In this magical world their are lots of different characters, a talking raven, a dragon, shapeshifters, rats and man more. Although magic is portraid in this book, its not a huge prominace, as sometimes i feel that this can be linked too much to the Harry Potter series. Personally, i didnt think that this was the case. I felt that this was a lovely childrens book and I enjoyed reading it too.
The only let down for me was the ending felt a little bit rushed. Maybe the next book in the series, Glasruhen Gate, continues straight on from this book, which in my opinion would be a good thing because I’d like to see a bit more to this particular story.
I enjoyed reading this childrens book, and i am going to read the next one in the series soon, once i have downloaded it.
Rating – 4/5