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