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The Book of Names (Legends of Karac Tor Series #1)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2013

    Great book

    Filled wth mystery. Love this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2013

    Read this.

    This book is awesome. The suspense, the mystery! One of the best books I've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 7, 2012

    Really good book

    I cant believe these books arent so popular cuz there so good! My mom got me this book and i just read it cuz i didnt hav anything 2 do and it turned out 2 b great!!

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  • Posted December 6, 2008

    Both young and old will enjoy┬┐

    D. Barkley Briggs<BR/>NaviPress, 22008<BR/>ISBN: 9781600062278<BR/>5 Stars<BR/>Reviewed by Debra Gaynor for, 11/08<BR/>Both young and old will enjoy¿<BR/>Brothers, Hadyn and Ewan, are mourning the loss of their mother. Along with their father and twin brothers, they move to Missouri. The teenage boys find a stone arch that leads them to another dimension. Once there, they meet an odd assortment of quirky characters. The inhabitants of the Hidden Lands look to Hadyn and Ewan as their rescuers. There is a battle between good and evil. The boys must join the fight. <BR/>The Book of Names is a fabulous tale. It has a Christian message without being preachy. The characters are enchanting. This is the first in a new trilogy. I eagerly await the next installment. Fans of fantasy both young and old will enjoy The Book of Names.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    High Fantasy That Draws The Reader Inside the Portal

    This is one of those superior fantasies that takes the reader into another world along with the main characters. However, it begins with some modern problems that many can relate to as well. The Barlow boys, four of them 'and their father as well, if truth be told' are struggling to make sense of life after their mother dies, living in a new town that is completely alien to their old life. One day the two oldest brothers are nearly dive-bombed by large black birds who swoop in on them, drop four odd cylinders, then disappear into a tangle of brush. The tubes have mysterious notes inside them that said 'you have been chosen. Adventure awaits you in the Hidden Lands.' Going into the tangle of brush, the boys uncover an ancient arch with strange writings. Passing through this arch, they somehow come into another world, Karac Tor, a land in need of champions with courage to fight against Great Evil. Hadyn and Ewan are certain they can't be the ones who were supposed to be called they just want to go home. Some very wise men, learned in the teachings of their God and their people, send them to the capital to discover what to do, but along the way they are beset by many scary events. In spite of themselves, Hadyn and Ewan are pulled into the struggles of Karac Tor. This is one of the best books I have read in quite a while. I suppose partly because I love a good fantasy, and this is most definitely a good one. Mr. Briggs wrote it for his own sons, four young men who have had their own sorrows after their mother died. But I suspect it was partially for himself as well because it is every bit as entertaining for older adults 'like me' as it is for young adults. There are some stock fantasy beings, like fairies, gnomes, monks with supernatural 'powers,' and very evil supernatural forces that must be stopped before they destroy everything. The names and the legends are reminiscent of Arthurian legend mixed into Norse, Celtic, and Anglo-Saxon mythology. It doesn't matter if you are familiar with the tales or not: it's a great story. High adventure, drama, but some deeper meanings behind it all. It's one of those tales that I keep thinking about even weeks after reading it. In fact, I just started reading it a second time just to enjoy it more, and I don't do that very often. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2008

    terrific coming of age fantasy

    In Independence, Missouri, grieving the loss of their mom, Haydn and Ewan struggle to move on past her death. Ewan dreams of an arch, which seems to be calling for him to come. When he finds the arch, he walks through it and realizes he came through a portal to his dream realm of Karac Tor. More philosophically pensive about their ¿Velveeta Cheese¿ lifestyle having already ended, Haydn worries about Ewan, so he follows him through the arch. --- As they explore this strange realm with no Nyquil, soccer or Kansas City nearby, they begin to meet locals such as Flogg the gnome, Sorge the warrior monk, and Asandra the Mirling. The siblings also learn that Karac Tor is under siege from the malevolent Sorceress Nemesia. The brothers know now why Ewan dreamed of the arch they are the desperate last hope of the forces of good to defeat the evil one and her treacherous minion. --- THE BOOK OF NAMES is a terrific first book coming of age fantasy starring two likeable young men having no time for grief as they are thrust into a situation and a world totally unprepared Hayden realizes he is just a sophomore not a superhero. The story line is fast-paced from the moment the two quite different in outlook siblings cross through to Karac Tor and never slows down although the ending is overwhelmed with too many unresolved threads (setting up future books apparently). Still save the world teenage fantasy fans will appreciate the brothers Barlowe no longer traveling on I-70. --- Harriet Klausner

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    Posted November 17, 2008

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