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They travel into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life. But when the two are separated, Ian is abducted by a tribe of dragon worshipers and is forced to find ...
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They travel into a deceptively beautiful Realm, where horses run free, the wind sings prophetic melodies, and their computer avatars come to life. But when the two are separated, Ian is abducted by a tribe of dragon worshipers and is forced to find his courage.
As he struggles for his freedom and embarks on a perilous search to find his father, Ian meets the true peacekeepers of the Realm. It's then that he learns there is a greater purpose for being in there.
Posted April 12, 2013
I received this book from the author to give an honest review.
This is a great book that I honestly would have my son read when he gets older and can understand the book. Being as he is six he would probably look at me crazy and wonder why there are no pictures of the dragon lol. That being said I would recommend this book to younger kids, as there is an adventure written within this book that they may enjoy.
I had a problem with Ian being rude to Abbi ( I may have miss spelled her name as my kindle needs to charge so I can not go back and check right quick) even when she did not do anything but be curious. He seemed to be extremely short and I found that kind of bothersome.
Ian is taken on a journey to find his father and ends up not only kidnapped but he ends up making friends something he has never really had before. Ian and his father end up making a portal which takes them to another world that leads not only to adventure but danger unlike they have ever known. Ian is ever so cautious while his father Alex is wanting to explore this new world they have enter into. Along the way Alex and Ian are separated and Ian wants nothing more than to go home, but first he must find his father.
There seem to be two different tribes that live in this world, one being the Meneks who are in constant fear of the master and his punishments and are pretty much being held captive. While the Kaemperns want nothing more than to free them and live in peace with their families together.
Will they ever live in peace? Will Ian truly understand what he must do?
You just have to read to find out.
I would have liked to have known if time stood still when Ian and his father Alex entered into the world. Other than that it was a great story filled with an adventure, a dragon, friendship.
Posted February 4, 2013
Dianne Lynn Gardner just might be the next John White, and Ian’s Realm the new Anthropos. With pleasingly consistent writing, enjoyably flawed teen characters, and a world that blends real-world emotions with intriguing imagination, the Ian's Realm novels are perfectly tuned to a middle grade male audience and highly recommended.
Ian is a very ordinary, lonely young man. Motherless, with a fascinating but socially inept father, a love for computers and swords, and teachers who simply don’t understand him, he finds himself stuck doing a project with… a girl. Escaping to another world instead might be the best solution all around, except Ian’s really more down-to-earth than that and would rather just get on with the job. Unfortunately, Dad’s not so practical. And where Dad goes Ian's bound to follow.
Details are very pleasingly imagined in this middle grade fantasy, from the way Ian enters his strange new world, to the way the denizens view him, to the mysteries of song and prophecy. Poems with great rhythm and vivid lyrics fit the story perfectly, and create no sense of imposition when they're encountered--a rare treat.
I really enjoyed this novel--lost the point of view once in a while, but it wasn't a problem in a book that's smoothly written, intriguing, and built onto just the right level of detail. The characters are great. The dad’s a mystery. And the future must surely promise more books to come. Deception Peak is a novel complete in itself that stands alone perfectly. But there’s so much depth waiting to be filled (and prophecy to be fulfilled)
Disclosure: I was lucky enough to receive an ecopy as a gift.
Posted December 28, 2012
Today I finished reading Deception Peak, by Dianne Gardner. A very engaging story about a father and his son who enter a fantasy world through a computer-generated portal. The detail with which the world was painted, and the depth of the characters, drew me right into the story. For me, the book served as a great beginning to what should be an exciting series.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 9, 2012
An Amazing Book!
Deception Peak- book one in the Ian's Realm series, is an amazing book about a son and a father who get transported into a new realm, through their computer! Filled with science fiction and fantasy magic, Deception Peak brings vivid descriptive details of an amazing new realm that will have readers hooked from the very start. Author Dianne Gardner creates for the reader an amazing new land with majestic wild horses, untouched woods and streams, peaceful beaches, and a very foreboding mountain in the background that will have every reader's imagination soaring! But how did Ian's computer suddenly become capable of transporting them into this amazing new land in the first place. Will they ever get out? Ian gets kidnapped while trying to save his dad on the mountain, will he ever find him again? Yeah, and then he finds out there is a dragon! Read this book for answers to all of these questions and... the biggest adventure ever!
I really enjoyed reading this book and I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who loves a good adventure story!
Review Written by: Virginia L. Jennings
Author of 'Visionary From The Stars'
& 'The Alien Mind'
This reviewer read an ARC (advanced reader copy)
Posted August 25, 2012
How do you express how awesome this book is? How do you share with others the amazing journey you've been on?
Quite frankly The Ian's Realm Saga: Deception Peak is one of the greatest novels I've ever read. But how do I explain that to you?
I started reading page one, and the next thing I know, I am on page 100 and 2 hours have passed! It was as if I were transported into Ian's Realm! I was drawn in. I was there! The words of the story became images in my head. The scenes described within the pages of The Ian's Realm Saga: Deception Peak became movies in my imagination. I was no longer on my porch, but inside of this book! I was there alongside Ian throughout his journey!
If you want a great book to read, no matter if you are 12 or 80, male or female, dragon or human, then check out The Ian's Realm Saga: Deception Peak. And YES, parents.... This will delight you.... It is a very friendly read for your kids :)
If You want a great book... THIS IS IT!