By Will Granger
116 pages (ebook reviewed) – ages 9+
Published in 2010
16-year old Anabar wanted to leave the valley he lived in and see the world. When he climbs a mountain, he tumbles down and gets captured by two bandits that want a valuable stone Anabar is carrying. He manages to escape and runs back to his valley. Anabar starts asking questions about who his parents were (he is an orphan), how they died and how his neighbors came into the valley. A few days later, a stranger came into the valley. His name was Omalof, and he asked Anabar if he wanted to go with him and train as a scout, a protector of Anabar’s homeland Semdela. Anabar accepts the challenge and has to undergo harsh and dangerous training.Training that leads Anabar into adventures he never imagined.
I truly enjoyed “Anabar’s Run” because of the tons of adventure and excitement in it. Anabar was an awesome main character. I really wanted him to succeed. Omalof is my favorite character because I liked him as a teacher/trainer and he was strong and calm and taught Anabar all kinds of cool things. Mr. Granger described Anabar’s homeland, Semdela very well. I could really picture it in my mind and I felt the action in the book. I really felt like I was next to Anabar! I think the story ended too quickly but I understand that Mr. Granger continued the story in the next book in the series, “Anabar Rises.” I did notice some editing mistakes (punctuation and mis-spelling) that really didn’t bother me, but I think some people would mind it. The book had no bad language in it but did have some mild violence. There was nothing graphic but kind of like Jackie Chan, ninja violence. In summary, I think “Anabar’s Run” is an awesome adventure story where a boy discovers meaning in his life! “Anabar’s Run” is the first book of the trilogy. The second book, “Anabar’s Rises” is also available at Amazon.
For more information about the Anabar Trilogy please visit the series website HERE (just a note, the website is REALLY cool! There are maps, pictures and all kinds of other information about the characters and places in the book. You can also read parts of the first two books , Anabar’s Run and Anabar Rises). You can also learn about Mr. Granger at his website HERE. There’s a great interview with Mr. Granger at Michelle Isenhoff’s Bookworm Blather – Click HERE to go to it!