When a wayward prince, Haille Hillbourne, with his friend, Katlyn Barnes, seek out an enchanted fort to cure his seizures, they find themselves drawn into a conflict with sorcerers, slave traders, ambitious nobles, and unruly mercenaries; all the disparate players tied together by an elk of unknown origin.
About the Author
Globetrotter and fiction writer Ted Neill has worked on five continents as an educator, health professional, and journalist. His writing has appeared in The Washington Post and he has published a number of novels exploring issues related to science, religion, class, and social justice. His debut novel City on a Hill combines his passions together into a thought-provoking page turner with a compelling female protagonist, Sabrina Sabryia. His epic fantasy series, Elk Riders, follows a band of unlikely allies brought together by a mysterious elk as they square off against dark forces taking shape in their world and even in their hearts.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Prince Haille Hillbourne has not had an easy life. His mother died in child birth, his father hates and blames him for the death of his mother, and he has an epileptic shakes. When Haille learns that his father plans to send him away to an orphanage for the afflicted, he decides to take matters into his own hands. Haille and his friend Katlyn go on the quest for the Font of Jasmeen, essentially the fountain of youth that should heal Haille. But no good adventure comes without trouble and the friends and going to find themselves in trouble. We have ventured from Gabriella’s story but we are still going to find ourselves meeting back up with familiar characters; Sade, Vondales, and Adamantus. But the real gem of the story is watching Haille grow from the young, naïve kid in to a strong leader. I say this because I admit that I was short with Haille and tired of his attitude in the beginning of the story. But just has he learns about the world around him he matures and become a great character. This is a great story and addition to this series. I think this is a great series for both kids and adults alike. I really enjoy how the main characters have issues not usually seen in stories and how they rise above them. I’m really excited to see where the story is going to go in The Journey to Karrith. I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.
Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite Prince Haille had always been made to feel responsible for the death of his beloved mother and queen, since she died giving birth to him. Coupled with the stigma of his mother’s death, he is considered a cripple, an invalid, even a freak, because of his “shaking sickness” (I'm assuming this is probably epilepsy). When Haille discovers his father, the king, plans to send him away to an orphanage for afflicted children, he determines to seek out and find the legendary Font of Jasmeen, where it is said the enchanted statue can cure and heal any afflicted child. Along with his classmate, Katlyn, the two fourteen-year-olds head out into a land beset by the threat of war and ruled by duplicitous and self-serving lords, only loyal to Haille’s father when it suits their purposes. So begins Ted Neill’s young adult adventure, The Font of Jasmeen. I’m certainly not a young adult, The Font of Jasmeen’s target market, but I’m happy to say this book is suitable for all ages. This is the first book of Ted Neill’s that I’ve read, but I hazard a guess it won’t be the last. I loved the rollicking style of this adventure, as Haille and Katlyn lurched from one crisis to another, never sure who their allies and friends really were. The two principal characters were easily relatable, both mercilessly bullied at school for varying reasons. One thing I particularly liked about the story was that Neill allowed his “hero” (Haille) to be exactly what he was; a fourteen-year-old boy, full of angst, self-doubt and often making the wrong decisions for what seemed the right reasons to his teenage mind. This book is a fantastic read and will appeal to anyone who likes epic fantasy and certainly not just to its intended target market of young adults. I am excited that The Font of Jasmeen is part of a series and a quick glance at its companion volumes on Amazon tells me the other stories in the series focus on some of the bit-players in this book. Excellent – on my TBR list now.