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As they are working, four ravens approach carrying something. The birds drop their cargo in the briar patch and vanish. Hayden and Ewan discover four tubes holding scrolls. Each reads the same: You have been chosen for a life of great purpose. Adventure awaits you in the hidden lands. The boys search for the birds and discover a stone arch with strange carvings on it. An arch that is a portal to another world.
The Book of Names is a clever, intriguing story. Briggs does a wonderful job of crafting his storyworld. His characters are real, with faults and fears. My favorite character is Creed and his magical sword that will not allow him to tell a lie. This book is a great choice for fantasy lover s. Nov 01, J. Mbewe rated it really liked it. Normally, I wouldn't have picked this book up because I don't like to read a fantasy that starts in our modern day world where you are then whisked away to another, fantastical world.
But I did and I am glad I did. The characters felt real, the story is tight, the prose is well-written. I couldn't help but feel a little too much like Narnia in the beginning, but once the story is in motion it flows well and takes on a life of its own. I will be reading the rest in the series.
An entertaining mash up of Middle Earth and Narnia set against a culture drawn from Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Norse and Christian elements with a dash of the Arthur thrown in for fun. It works better than it sounds. Because the story focuses on the young protagonists, the reader is not burdened with more than hanging on for the ride. Briggs is neither a Tolkien nor a Lewis, but he tells a good story.
One of the better transitions from this world to that of fairy. Once there, of course, the boys just w An entertaining mash up of Middle Earth and Narnia set against a culture drawn from Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Norse and Christian elements with a dash of the Arthur thrown in for fun. Once there, of course, the boys just want to get home. Not so fast. Extra credit for managing both a satisfying climax to this story and sufficient hooks to the rest of the saga.
Many contemporary authors propel you toward book two or twelve without bothering to entertain you in book one. Briggs manages both. Apr 18, Matthew Sampson rated it it was amazing. One of my favourite books. Still as good as ever. First Look: This looked pretty interesting. Mainly because I like fantasy and am rather partial to brother-brother stories. Perhaps because I wrote one myself. Setting: First off, why does every book character hate moving to the country? I live in a rural area, and I love it. I rather like not being hedged in by people on all sides. But it seems that book characters are only capable of liking to live in the city.
Why does this happen? Anyway, Karac Tor. It actually confused me a little. I First Look: This looked pretty interesting.
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I could never figure out what exactly I was supposed to think about it. At first it seemed like some sort of surreal fairy world, but then it turned into a war-hardened kind of but not really kingdom. And none of it was particularly memorable. Fun fact: If you say Karac Tor five times fast, it sounds like "tractor". Or at least, it does in my head. My other problem was that these boys adjusted way too easily to Karac Tor. They've just been thrown out of the modern world into a medieval one, but they hardly have any issues at all with it.
They accept the reality of it almost instantly, and from there it was like they'd grown up in the place. They had no problems with the strange food, clothing, customs, etc. It was unrealistic. Plot: It was all pretty generic. There was nothing to make it stand out. That, and the fact that Ewan and Hadyn didn't do much. Sure, they were along for all of the adventures, but did they themselves make anything happen? No, not really. Uniqueness: Already discussed. Writing: I found typos. And not simple things, like a misplaced quotation mark.
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And more. I don't think so. For the most part, though, it was unmemorable. Likes: Can we all just take a moment and think about what's happening on the cover of the third book?
Alrighty then. And then I notice Tinkerbell in the corner and her facial expression I'm dying over here Not-so-great: Hadyn's dad originally wanted to name him "Ransom". Hadyn's mom "had a dream" where she somehow realized her son's name should be "Hadyn", so Dad agrees to it. This is not a divine intervention. This is a "Seriously, husband? That kid will hate us forever if we call him that". Or maybe it is divine intervention. Maybe God looked down and said "You know what, let's give her this dream because this kid doesn't deserve to be bullied for having an unusual name.
It had the potential to be exciting, but in that regard it fell flat. I kind of cared about the characters, but not to a huge extent. Not as much as I would've liked to. And besides, they adjusted way too easily to living in a fantasy world. It had some nice moments, but overall it was just an okay read. Similar Books: It bears many similarities to The Door Within , with the most obvious being the city-boy-goes-to-fantasy-world thing.
Jan 02, Lorry rated it it was ok. This was alright. Some of the characters were pretty well written, while the others I knew almost nothing about even some of the main characters, and not like in a good mysterious way. Just in a way that felt like the author couldn't care less about them.
A lot of it was really wordy, and it took a long time for anything to happen. While I do occasionally like books with a lot of descriptions so I can visualize places for example, Rangers Apprentice it needs a good amount of dialogue and act This was alright. While I do occasionally like books with a lot of descriptions so I can visualize places for example, Rangers Apprentice it needs a good amount of dialogue and action along with the descriptions.
The Book Of Names was way too much describing and words with not much action or interesting dialogue. Might read again but highly unlikely. Jul 27, Cecelia English rated it really liked it. A good young adult novel. I read this book to see if my daughter would enjoy it. I know she will love it! I immediately purchased the next two in the series.
Good for young readers. I look forward to convos with my daughter about her thoughts. Sep 22, Kristy rated it really liked it Shelves: fantasy , christian-fiction.
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Really cool!!! I was definitely surprised by this one. I bought it on sale and didn't really have much hope for it, but the story pulled me in immediately. A speculative fantasy read that's well worth the time. Nov 02, Ginny rated it really liked it. So glad I finally got around to reading this book. It reminded me a lot of reading The Chronicles of Narnia. Good clean YA adventure. Mar 18, Fred Warren rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy. In The Book of Names, by D. Barkley Briggs, two brothers, Hadyn and Ewan Barlow, stumble upon a portal to another world. The land of Karac Tor is in grave danger, and they are destined to play a role in its saving.
Identity is everything in Karac Tor. The Book of Names contains the names and deeds of everyone born there. Evil forces want to erase those identities and plunge the land into a nightmare of despair and meaninglessness. Hadyn and Ewan are reluctant to accept the task thrust upon them, but pressing forward is the only way to get home. Along the way, they make noble friends and incur the wrath of dire enemies. They experience hardship and mortal danger. They learn about respect, endurance, courage, loyalty, and love. They begin to come to terms with a great loss that shadows their lives.
They also discover they have inner resources they never expected. Briggs spins a good yarn. His characters are engaging and likable, and I found myself quickly drawn into the adventure. I like the way he brings Hadyn and Ewan to life, from their sparring relationship to their distinctive strengths and weaknesses. For example, he paints a memorable picture of Redthorn Forest, which has been slowly twisted and corrupted into a deathtrap: The trees of Redthorn were not merely tall, they were rebellious and angry, reeking of loamy, molded earth, and oozing sap like sticky gray pus.
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