The Song of Unmaking by D. Barkley Briggs
Reading level: Ages 13 and up
Paperback: 336 pages
Publisher: Living Ink Books (October 14, 2011)
He was once the greatest champion in the land. Then he disappeared. With Nemesia's defeat, the Barlows have helped turn the tide in the Hidden Lands. But the victory is short-lived. An even greater evil stirs in the north with a fierce new army bent on destruction. As the twins, Gabe and Garret, discover their own special powers, a thin thread of hope emerges: long ago, a fabled king was rescued from death on our world and hidden on Karac Tor. Who is he? Each brother has their part to play. Hadyn must travel north to warn the land rulers, which leaves Ewan with a bitter choice. Will he sacrifice what is most precious to discover whether Corus lives? Even more important, if Corus is alive, can he wake the Sleeping King of legend...before it's too late?
About the Author:
D. Barkley Briggs is an author with a background in radio, public relations, product development, and-for eleven years-pastoring. He and his wife Jeanie, both previously widowed, live in the Midwest along with their eight children. (Yes, we are regularly amazed, too. Learn more at hiddenlands.net
I must say that I am a huge fan of Robert Jordan and I compare most to his writing. Therefore, it takes a great deal from a fantasy/science fiction writer to get my interest and make me a fan. In saying that, Briggs has made me a fan of his series. The book is great for young adults and adults and has a strong Christian influence in the story. The story weaves between the known world and a hidden world and allows the reader to dream and escape reality, if even for the length of the book. I think this is a great book to bridge the young reader into young adult books, they can transition easily into longer prose and a world that grows with their imagination.
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