Saturday, May 31, 2014

The Rock of Ivanore by Laurisa White Reyes

The boys of the village are coming of age.  They are sent on a quest to find the Rock of Ivanore.  If they succeed, they will return in honor.  If they fail, they get menial labor and live in shame.  Shouldn't be hard, right?  It might help if you knew what the Rock of Ivanore was or where to find it...

Tanglewood and Net Galley allowed me to read this book for review (thank you).  It has been published, so you can find a copy at your local bookstore now.

Marcus thinks he knows the general direction he needs to go and starts out on his own.  Working his way through the forest and plains on his own is difficult, though.  It's very easy to get killed by the wild predators or thieves.  The boys soon find themselves traveling together.  One is over confident and sets out on his own; the others are trying to find out just what the Rock is how they can find it.

There's danger everywhere, even from the King and castle itself.  You get caught up in the hunt and wonder if any of the boys will make it back in one piece.  This is the first in this series and it's an interesting read.  It's a bit slow while the author sets up the story line but they do find the Rock of Ivanore.  Not only that, they find the story of Ivanore.  There is more to this simple story than you would think.

The next story in the series is even better.  See my review here:  The Last Enchanter  I think you'll want to get them both.  I know I'm looking forward to the next in the series.

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