Monday, January 10, 2011

Marvelous Middle Grade Monday - Farworld Series by J. Scott Savage


Marvelous Middle Grade Monday

Shannon Whitney Messenger decided it was time to give middle grade stories the attention they deserve, and "Marvelous Middle Grade Mondays" was born. I couldn't resist being a part of such brilliance.

Water Keep (Farworld #1)
Land Keep (Farworld #2)
by J. Scott Savage
















  

Goodreads Blurb (Farworld #1):
Other people may see thirteen-year-old Marcus Kanenas as an outcast and a nobody, but he sees himself as a survivor and a dreamer. In fact, his favorite dream is of a world far away, a world where magic is as common as air, where animals tell jokes, and where trees beg people to pick their fruit. He even has a name for this place-Farworld.

When Marcus magically travels to Farworld, he meets Kyja, a girl without magic in a world where spells, charms, and potions are everywhere, and Master Therapass, a master wizard who has kept a secret hidden for thirteen years, a secret that could change the fate of two worlds.

But the Dark Circle has learned of Master Therapass's secret and their evil influence and power are growing. Farworld's only hope is for Marcus and Kyja to find the mythical Elements-water, land, air, and fire-and convince them to open a drift between the worlds.

As Kyja and Marcus travel to Water Keep, they must face the worst the evil Dark Circle can throw at them--Summoners, who can command the living and the dead; Unmakers, invisible creatures that can destroy both body and soul; and dark mages known as Thrathkin S'Bae. Along the way, Marcus and Kyja will discover the truth about their own heritage, strength of their friendship, and the depths of their unique powers.
The Farworld series is a good one. There are currently two titles available: Water Keep and Land Keep, both of which are amazing stories. My 13 year old and I have read and enjoyed them both (him, several times!). I love the worlds and creatures Savage has created here, as well as the depth of the storyline. Layers of plot keep us riveted and guessing all the way through. These are a wonderful MG choice for readers ready for longer, more deeply developed stories. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

Happy Monday!

32 comments:

Cheree said...

It looks like a fun read, I'll have to check them out.

welcome to my world of poetry said...

I will certainly check these out, looks good.

Yvonne.

salarsenッ said...

I love these covers!

Mary Campbell said...

I just bought this for my son. Sounds like it might be a bit above him and I'll need to read it to him. On a side note - I've met Jeff Savage and he's a very nice guy. I'm glad you're doing this series. I'm currently working on a mid-grade so I need to read more books at this level.

Tracy said...

Even though I don't typically read MG, I agree with Sara. These covers are pretty freaking awesome!!

Side note: 5 weeks until pitchers and catchers report!!

Juju at Tales of Whimsy.com said...

O they sound cool and have gorgeous epic covers.

Ishta Mercurio said...

Oh, interesting. I'm always on the lookout for good MG for my son, and he's getting into fantasy, so these might be good ones for him. Thanks for the review!

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

oh man, those covers are AMAZING!
I would pick these up on the covers alone

Robyn Campbell said...

I heart J. Scott Savage. His worlds a re amazing. His writing YANKS me into those worlds and I just don't wanna leave. :)

I heart you too, bff. And prayer power is hitting on HEAVY DUTY!

Julie Dao said...

What beautiful covers! I always love your book recommendations. I find myself nodding and saying "Yep, will have to read that!" whenever I find one of your posts. Thanks, Shannon!

Cleverly Inked said...

The journeys in these books sound fantastic

Katie Mills said...

thanks for the review! These look really neat!

Catherine Denton said...

You point us to the best of the middle grades! I always love checking in to see ones I haven't read. Yet.

Jennie Englund said...

OOOwweee! More tasty reads!

Is school in full swing again, Shannon?

Kathryn Magendie said...

Hi! Thanks for stopping by my place.

That cover art is GORGEOUS!

Heather said...

I love that you're featuring MG! It does need more attention. This looks like a great series!

nutschell said...

Shannon,
These books look awesome. I love the covers, most of all, I love that its a middle grade fantasy. I will definitely check this out.
Nutschell
P.S.
Love your blog!

Melissa Gill said...

I'd read those just for the covers, but the story sounds fantastic too. I'm always looking for good MG, since that's mainly what I write.

Lenny Lee* said...

hi miss shannon! wow those books sound pretty exciting for sure. yikes more piled on my wanna read list. ack!
...hugs from lenny

Old Kitty said...

Beautiful covers!! I could just gawp at them all day!! Thanks for the info and the review!! Take care
x

Pam Torres said...

Yea, for middle grade! Always great to find more great reads for that bracket! Thanks!

J Scott Savage said...

Thanks so much for the mention. And I'm so glad you enjoyed the first two books in the series. I hope to have the third book, Air Keep finished soon.

Scott

Kimberly Franklin said...

Aw, both of those covers are so cute. Thanks for the recommend!

Diane said...

Sounds like a winner for so many reasons! Great pick :O)

Tyrean Martinson said...

Thanks for the reviews - the books look really fun to read.

Carolyn V. said...

My daughter loved Fablehaven. I keep trying to get her to read JS's books, but nothing yet.

K.D. Anderson said...

Thanks! I'll have to check these out :)

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Not my reading level, but those are really cool covers.

Stina Lindenblatt said...

Love the covers. My 11 yo might be interested in them. He's fussy about the fantasy he reads.

Susan R. Mills said...

Yay! Another couple of books to add to my son's reading list. Thanks!

Lois D. Brown said...

Hi. I found your blog through Lenny's blog. Glad I did. Looks great. BTW, Good review. My son loved these books. I know the author, and he's a great gu--totally willing to help out a fellow writer. I review MG and YA books too. My blog is idevourkidbooks.blogspot.com

Jen Chandler said...

Hi Shannon!

Playing catch up today :D I haven't heard of this series but it sounds (and looks) fabulous! It's not every day you get to see a chimera looking back at you from a book cover.

Cheers!
Jen

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