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  • Posted November 15, 2014

    Well, I was slightly disappointed in this book. It did not grab

    Well, I was slightly disappointed in this book. It did not grab me like the first 2 did. It felt like just alot of jumping around from one world to the other. Not nearly the excitement that the first 2 book had. I hope the 4th book is better.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2013

    Another brilliant addition to the Far World saga. Although J. Sc

    Another brilliant addition to the Far World saga. Although J. Scott Savage is in my critique group, I really had only previewed a few early chapters in this episode, so reading the book was an exciting adventure for me, filled with surprises, twists & turns, familiar characters, as well as new ones, and an ending that made me yearn to read Fire Keep right away. (In other words, get busy writing, Jeff!)

    I have loved the Far World series from the very beginning. Kyja is a wonderful role model. She truly cares about people and would give her life to protect another. The frightening part of this trait is that in Air Keep, if Marcus’s visions of the future are right, she might just be called upon to do that very thing. Despite his fears and the limitations of his disabilities, Marcus will do everything he can to protect his best friend and maintain her trust.

    Because I have used Far World: Water Keep as one of my key literature studies with my English classes, and because these students went on to read Land Keep on their own, there was much excitement at the release of Air Keep throughout my school. I arranged for a school-wide assembly by the author, which was very well received by students and faculty alike. I would highly recommend both the book series and the assembly for grades 4-9.

    And, by the way, I was so excited to see the return of the ishkabiddle. I’ve love the fur-ball almost as much as I love saying its name!

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  • Posted May 20, 2013

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    Another wonderful Far World book!

    Marcus is still waiting on Earth to be pulled back to Farworld by Kyja, but Master Therapass is still trying to find a way to protect him when he crosses between the worlds. While Marcus is waiting, he is tricked into entering a strange place where Time dwells, and is shown his past, present, and futures. He readily agreed to view each of these, but what he sees ends up haunting him every time he thinks of his dear friend Kyja. She eventually pulls him over to Farworld, and they begin their search for the air elementals. But along the way, they must also fight off the Dark Circle, and when they find the Air Keep, they are made a deal that Marcus refuses to accept. But without the help of the air elementals, Marcus and Kyja cannot rid Farworld of the evil of the Dark Circle.

    J. Scott Savage manages to write yet another wonderful book in the Far World series. Far World: Air Keep is filled with even more suspense, excitement, and magic than its prequels, and also incorporates several humorous puns woven into one of the most suspenseful moments in the book. Any fantasy fan would have trouble putting this book down.

    My favorite part of the book is when Marcus is shown by Time his past, present, and futures, as it adds a mysterious note of foreshadow when Marcus sees his future. But the most exciting part of the book that will bring tears to your eyes lies at the end of the book, which you will have to read for yourself!

    Once again, J. Scott Savage has written another five-star worthy book. Its intricately thought-out plot keeps readers guessing, and its ending will leave you sleepless until the sequel is released.

    Review by Young Mensan Tyler S., age 14, Baton Rouge Mensa

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  • Posted April 12, 2013

    4 STARS Air Keep is book 3 in Farworld series. I admit I have n

    4 STARS

    Air Keep is book 3 in Farworld series. I admit I have not read the first two books in the series. That could have influenced my decision to only give it 4 stars. It did give a pretty good overall of what happened in first two books of the series.

    The plot in some ways is simple and others complex. Master Therapass found the baby Marcus that had a marking on the shoulder badly wounded and sent him to Earth to be raised by Monks. To balance things he had to bring a baby girl Kyja from Earth and raise her.
    No one realized what he had done. The two children are supposed to save theirs worlds some how.

    Their are evil black circle who don't want the worlds saved. They thought they destroyed Marcus as a baby to stop him.

    Marcus and Kyja lives are intertwined. They need to build portal that will bridge the two worlds. It is dangerous to do. They need to get the four elementals to work together to do it. They never work together. In the first two books they got land and water to agree to help. Now they need to find the air elementals keep and convince them to help. No one knows where the air keep is.

    Marcus has found that he can do magic. He lives with Monks on Earth. He is stuck in a wheel chair on Earth. He has a strange marking on his shoulder. He found out in first books that he was born on Farworld. He is supposed to save it. A lot of pressure for a teenager.

    Kyja lives on Farworld. A land that every creature and person can do magic except her. She did not know why she was different from anyone else on Farworld. Kyja in the first book found she has one magic she can pull Marcus through the shadow land into Farworld. But he can only stay three days. Kyja is a fighter. She is supposed to save Earth but she can only be their three days too.

    Their are many strange and different creatures on Farworld. This book deals with time travel. Which gets a little confusing at times.
    Also deals with trust and working together to help others. Lots of drama, action, fantasy and friends. I liked it but now I want to read the first two books and the next and not have to wait.

    If you have been waiting to read Air Keep I am sure you won't be disappointed in it. This is a very clean book.
    I was given this ebook to read and asked to give honest review of it by Netgalley.

    Published February 26th 2013 by Shadow Mountain 336 pages ISBN: 1609073258

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  • Posted March 12, 2013

    Air Keep is the third book in the Farworld series by J. Scott Sa

    Air Keep is the third book in the Farworld series by J. Scott Savage.  In the book we continue to see Marcus and Kyja trying to gain elemental allies so they can open a drift.  Opening the drift will allow Marcus to come fully into Faworld instead of leaving a portion of himself lost in the area of shadowy grey that serves as the in between.  

    This story deals with a little bit of a rift forming between Marcus and Kyja and I've never been a huge fan of that particular plot point in the books I read.  Still a good book and worthy continuation of the series, it just won't be my favorite out of the series (Land Keep has that distinction for now).  

    The tension in this book has really been ramped up.  The first two books had allusions to the fate of both worlds being in the balance, but here you are really shown some of the cataclysmic events that could happen if Marcus and Kyja fail.  The Air Elementals were also an intriguing addition to the cast.  I don't want to spoil anything for the reader so I won't go into any detail, suffice to say there is a bit of humor involved that I think could really appeal to younger readers.  

    Overall, this book is a great setup for what I believe is the planned conclusion with the next book.  There is still a little bit of new info being learned about the established characters and a few smaller players get bigger roles.  The scale of conflict is significantly increased with much larger consequences for the actions the characters pursue.  One of the greatest strengths of this series has been the story.  Often when reading a series I will find a book in the middle that is used almost entirely to set up the earthshaking conclusion.  It always makes me eager to see what will happen in the conclusion, but leaves me a bit disappointed in the book I had just read.  Farworld does not do that.  All of the books have independent stories with their own resolutions contained, though they still manage to form a cohesive and constantly growing story arc.  It is a pleasure to find a series that maintains a high standard of excitement throughout.

    I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

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