Monday, August 18, 2008

Farworld, Book 1: Water Keep

I agreed to be part of J. Scott Savage's blog tour for his YA fantasy book, Farworld, Book 1: Water Keep. However, he hasn't updated his blog lately, and hasn't answered my interview questions, so this won't be a typical stop on a blog tour. It's too bad, because Water Keep is a promising start to this series.

When the Dark Circle sends Bonesplitter to Earth, he's told he can eliminate the boy he's to find. But, they don't know the mental strength of their opposition. Marcus Kanenas might be only a thirteen-year-old boy in a wheelchair. But, he's always had a dream of a world with beautiful trees and magic, a place he calls Farworld. And, he knows there's a girl whose name begins with K.

On Farworld, Kyja, another thirteen-year-old, has struggled with her lack of magic in a world where even babies can work spells. Her lessons with Master Therapass, a wizard, don't go well. Suddenly those lessons aren't important, when she and Master Therapass "see" Bonesplitter catching Marcus. Master Therapass knows the fate of two worlds depends on Marcus and Kyja, so he's desperate to keep them safe.

The legends of Farworld say that Marcus and Kyja must keep the Dark Circle's power from growing. In order to do that, they must find the Elementals - water, land, air, and fire - and unite them in the fight against the Dark Circle. Threatened on all sides, the two teens, accompanied by Kyja's pet, Riph Raph, set out on their quest.

Savage's fantasy is too drawn out, if this is the book about the Water Elementals. Although the journey is fascinating, the Elementals actually seem to be a minor part of the book. Readers will already know that the first four volumes will focus on the search for the Elementals, and the fifth will be a final battle. That's routine for a fantasy series. However, it's a promising start. Marcus and Kyja are heroic characters, with weaknesses in their worlds. It will be interesting to watch Marcus and Kyja develop their talents in the course of the series.

J. Scott Savage's blog is at

Farworld, Book 1: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage. Shadow Mountain, ©2008. ISBN 9781590389621 (hardcover), 384p.


J Scott Savage said...


Sorry for not getting your answers back to you yet. I just got buried by interviews and book edits and haven't had time to come up for air. You are actually the second person on my list if you still wnat to include the interview. Hope to post again on the blog today, but every time I think about posting I realize I still have another dozen interviews to finish. Glad you liked the book though.

J Scott Savage said...

As far as the elementals, the first book had to spend much time on actually setting up the quest, and the journey itself, that I didn't have the page count to spend as much time on the Water elementals as I'd like. But we will see much more of them and the other elementals in future books.

Thanks again! Scott

Lesa said...

Thanks, Scott!

Don't worry about it, if you're absolutely snowed under. I understand. Doing a blog tour, you don't have time to work on your own stuff.

If you get around to it, we can do the interview at any time. Probably need to update your blog more than you need to do the interview with me. (smile) Readers are going to want to see your blog.

Good luck, Scott. And, thanks for the comment about the elementals.