With his faithful friends and mystical stone, Kief sets out on his greatest adventure yet, to seek passage across the dangerous seas in search of the dreaded Wells in Desolation. But there is more to fear than enemy soldiers and the pillaging rogues of the sea as other seek the power of the stone.
Kief encounters new friends that help him along his journey and reveal secrets about his past and destiny. But one truth threatens to doom the fate of The Dark Eagles
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About the Author
David later earned his Masters in Business Administration from Northwestern University and pursued a path in the corporate world. But his creative side continued to tug at him for years until finally through the encouragement of his wife and boys, he realized that it's never too late to follow your dream. So David set off to write an epic adventure of a boy and his horse and created a story of freedom, adventure, love, courage and sacrifice. When he's not writing, David enjoys outdoor activities with his family, and especially loves surfing with his three boys in Southern California where he resides.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Kief and his friends are back in an all new adventure. After breaking Flinch, a friend, out of jail, Kief and Tarc, along with Flinch flee their country, which was invaded by soldiers from Gar. They are going to Gar to find Kief’s father, who had been held captive there for a long time. When mysterious “Stone Hunters” start chasing Kief, going after the mysterious stone that his grandfather gave to him, the friends get reckless and get a job on a ship that will take them to Gar. Little do they know that they will soon become prisoners for no good reason. Making a friend with a fellow prisoner, they escape. The man joins them and they head towards the Wells In Desolation – where Kief’s father is being held. But will they make it there, and back, ALIVE? This was an action-packed book, much like the first book! I love the thrills. Mr. Smith has got the fantasy world down! I love the descriptions and the humor in the dialogue. At first I was confused at the beginning of the book because it didn’t recap the first book (and I read the first book a while ago), but I soon got past it and just enjoyed the story. Kief is a great main character. He acts like you would expect him to act. At first I wasn’t sure about his age, but apparently, because Fundautum is a different planet, they age differently. That really helped, it’s just that it explained the aging differently at the end of the book – I wish it was sooner. I DO think that it was cool and nice of the author to have information about Fundautum at the beginning and end of the book – nice touch. The story is good and the plot is solid. I really like how the characters get along with each other. The book is a tad violent but not graphically. It is a great read for middle graders. *NOTE* I got a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Wells in Desolation picks up right where First Flight left off. After discovering that his father was taken as a slave and sent to a foreign land, Kief and his small band of rebels hatch a plan to free him–and leave a rebellious path of destruction against the tyrannical invaders in their wake. Unsurprisingly, Kief’s haphazard rescue mission doesn’t exactly go as planned. The friends are hunted by brutal men searching for the stone and map given to Kief by his grandfather and are betrayed by those to whom they looked for protection. Along the way the friends are sold into a brutal form of slavery, where they must fight to the death for the entertainment of others. Their passion and skill help them escape and make some loyal friends along the way. Through it all Kief never waivers in his resolve to free his father from slavery and discovers that his destiny just might be much bigger than he ever dreamed it would be. Just as with his last book, David Smith was able to scatter nuggets of wisdom and truth into a story filled with adventure. For example, as Kief and his friends enter a once clean and prosperous city, they are greeted by the Gar soldier’s and their utter contempt for those they are terrorizing. "Large piles of items the soldiers arbitrarily confiscated from the carts of goods lay strewn on the side of the road, some smoldered from half burned fires, while others had obviously been picked over for things the soldiers found useful for themselves. 'So much for the hollow promises of the Gars,' Tarc said, 'Tell me, when does tyranny not lead to this?' 'Lies and deceit can be as powerful as slugs and cannon fire,' Flinch replied." So true. How often in history have tyrants risen to power, not by the point of a gun, but by impossible promises and words dripping with honey. We allow ourselves to be lulled into a comfortable sort of slavery with promises of prosperity without work and the release of responsibility from our shoulders. Then one day we wake up to find that those who were charged to protect do nothing but plunder and instead of being lifted up, we are all torn down. As a sequel, I appreciate how we are able to go even deeper into the characters. Kief seems much more real than a lot of the heroes these days. Far too often the heroic characters are also larger than life or somehow saintly compared to the people reading them. Not Kief. Kief is impulsive, hard headed, and his tendency to act now and think later gets him into a lot of unnecessary trouble. His courage and single mindedness can often be mistaken for stupidity and selfishness and his friends are often charged with the task of reigning him in. In other words, Kief is very relatable as a main character. We all have flaws. We all make mistakes. We all need to be reminded to think about the bigger picture. I like being able to read about someone who makes mistakes, stumbles and falls and yet is STILL a good person who can make a difference in the world. He isn’t perfect, not by a long shot, but he still has some amazing strengths that are vital to their mission and as a whole, make the world a better place. I received a copy of this book in exchange for review.
David R. Smith does it again and pulls you into the rich and fantastically real world of Fundautum. Smith's masterful use of words magically bring life to the seas, lands, and cultures beyond what was explored in the first book, First Flight. The beautiful illustrations in the book just adds to the intrigue of their world. The characters are extremely believable and their interactions another strong point of Smith's storytelling abilities. I don't recommend reading Wells in Desolation without reading First Flight beforehand; I'd go as far as to recommend actually rereading First Flight right before you start Wells in Desolation because it really does just pick up where the first book leaves off (no plot recaps, no character reminders, etc.). With that being said, I literally finished the book exclaiming "Noooooo!" both at shock at how book #2 was concluded and in mild frustration that I have to wait for book #3 to find out what happens to this ragtag bunch of unlikely heroes. What a great adventure to witness and a such an enjoyable read!
This book was a phenomenal read! For all those who wish for a gripping adventure tale that is impossible to put down until the very last word, Wells in Desolation is for you. Each meticulously-designed character brings the thrilling plot to life through daring ventures over land and sea. I was especially impressed by the author's great understanding of human interactions, strengths and weaknesses. I highly recommend this book to all those adventure-lovers who treasure freedom, loyalty and friendship and want to find a world where characters value these above all else.