Hayden and Ewan recently moved to rural Missouri. Their mother recently passed away, and they are grieving her loss and the loss of their old home. Hayden has been assigned the job of clearing the briar patch, and Hayden, for fun, has been clearing it by cutting tunnels into it. His brother Ewan offers to help one day. 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. D. Barkley 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. Briggs’ story is filled with wonderful parallels that really get you thinking about life. This book is a great choice for fantasy lovers. I can’t wait for the sequel.
Age Range: 12-16
Part of a Series: book one in the Legends of Karac Tor series
Publisher: Th1nk Books (A division of NavPress)