The Rock of Ivanoreby Laurisa White Reyes
The annual Great Quest is about to be announced in Quendel, a task that will determine the future of Marcus and the other boys from the village who are coming of age. The wizard Zyll commands them to find the Rock of Ivanore, but he doesn’t tell them what the Rock is exactly or where it can be found. Marcus must reach deep within himself to develop new powers of magic and find the strength to survive the wild lands and fierce enemies he encounters as he searches for the illusive Rock. If he succeeds, he will live a life of honor; if he fails, he will live a life of menial labor in shame. With more twists and turns than a labyrinth, and a story in which nothing is at it seems, this tale of deception and discovery keeps readers in suspense until the end.
Middle readers will find that The Rock of Ivanore fits nicely among the traditional fantasies they so enjoy. They will also appreciate its fresh and inventive take on the genre.
"This is a swift and compelling epic that readers of high fantasy will love!"
Tony Abbott, author of The Secrets of Droon
Meet the Author
Laurisa White Reyes spent many years writing for newspapers and magazines before mustering enough courage to pursue her dream of writing novels. Aside from her obsession with books, she also loves musical theater and fantasizes about singing on Broadway (one dream she does not intend to pursue). She lives in Southern California with her husband, five children, four birds, three lizards, two fish and one dog. Please visit her website www.laurisawhitereyes.com and her blog www.1000wrongs.blogspot.com. The Rock of Ivanore is her first published novel.
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The last decade has certainly seen the biggest influx of YA series’ into the market, and with this book we have yet another. This debut novel is the starting point in what looks to be a fantasy lover’s dream. With the first ‘story,’ fans are introduced to a group of young boys from the village of Quendal; they are gearing up for a quest that the wizard, Zyll, has sent them on in order to find the “Rock of Ivanore.” Their success or failure will be the deciding factor in the rest of their lives - whether or not they will live an honorable existence, or a life of menial labor in the small village. One of the boys is fourteen-year-old, Marcus Frye, who is the wizard’s apprentice. This will be his first quest and he’s extremely nervous about it, especially since the wizard has been trying to teach him magic and it’s not worked out all that well. His ‘friends’ along this journey are Jerrid, Zody, Clovis, Tristan and Kelvin - and each character is as interesting as the one before. Finding the ‘Rock,’ is the only thing they care about. Of course, they have hardly anything to go on. The wizard just tells them to find it but offers no information on what it is or where it can be found - thus magic and intuition are the only things at the boys’ disposal. (As well as a walking stick named, “Xerxes,” but I can reveal no spoilers). Along the way they meet many friends and foes who are also, coincidentally, on their own mission to find Ivanore. Strange, exotic locations appear where the boys must learn about their own strengths and weaknesses. As they approach the city where they believe the ‘Rock’ is located, the boys are thrust into a loathsome plot to take over the city. Like the ‘best of the best’ from the 1980s, this book harkens back to a time period where dragons, Cyclops, half-breeds, etc. come along to help and/or hinder the progress of the small warriors - and the word ‘swashbuckling‘ is taken to a whole new level. Quill Says: The action never stops, and you will be thrilled to wrap yourself up in a fantasy that does NOT wrap around a vampire. Enjoy!