The Circle of Tivedon By Ryan Shorten


The Circle of Tivedon

By Ryan Shorten

254 pages – ages 13+

Published by CreateSpace on October 3, 2012

Jayl and his sister Myah can’t wait to go to school in Tivedon! The school is taught by the elders of Tivedon, known as “The Circle of Tivedon.” When they get there they both love the school and quickly make friends with some classmates. The teachers at the school were nice and the classes were fun. Everything seemed to be going great! But everything changes when an ancient evil rises again (Lord Rimyaroth). An evil that will start a war. Two people at Tivedon are murdered, including an elder.  Soon Jayl does not know who to trust and the whole world is thrown into chaos as he is wrongly accused of the crimes. Myah, a royal daughter and a teacher go off to try to stop the war. Jayl finds out there is a magical talisman that can help stop the ancient evil, but he has to find it with the “help” of two really mean kids from school.  Another group tries to find allies to help battle Lord Rimyaroth. Will things ever be peaceful again?

I want to say first off, I really enjoyed this story and would be happy to read the next book in the series. This is a kind of funny (meaning odd – not ha ha) review because, this book started slow for me and at times I found myself putting the book down, but also wanting to continue the story. There is a lot going on in the plot (I even had trouble writing a summary of the story). I think because of the killing (not graphic, but still murders) and the complicated plot (reading level), I would recommend the book to kids 13+. The world created by Mr. Shorten (Tiertyn) was great. He described it very well and I could imagine myself there. The action and adventure in the book was described well and was exciting. The characters were good, but there’s not one that really stuck out for me, but they are all very likeable. The story is a fantasy story, and I think kids who like that genre will enjoy this book, but it definitely isn’t for a reluctant reader or a reader who can’t stick with a story.

Four out of five for this good book with a complicated plot! fourbooks

Categories: Age 12+

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17 replies

  1. Interesting review. I did a stop on this blog tour, but haven’t had the opportunity to read it yet. It sounds really, good. I am looking forward to it. Thanks for sharing.

    Paul R. Hewlett

  2. Interesting review. I did a stop on this blog tour and thought it looked really interesting. I haven’t had time to read it yet, but am excited to do so. Thanks for sharing.

    Paul R. Hewlett

    • Thanks Mr. Hewlett! I think you would like the book. It’s a book I had to take a while to read, but I don’t think it made it less enjoyable. It is a good fantasy story and the setting is great. I hope you get and enjoy this book! 🙂

  3. Like your honest review. It sounds like the book has the possibility to be really good! It was drawn in immediately. I like the idea of a school taught by elders — sets my mind thinking.

    • Thank Ms. Tilton! Like I commented back to Mr. Hewlett, it took me a while to get through the book, but I don’t think it made me like it less. The school is unique (not like Harry Potter at all) and a cool idea for the book to be about.

  4. I like fantasy stories, but complicatedness tends to put me to sleep. I enjoyed your review though!

  5. I’m pretty sure I’d be afraid of ancient evil. It sounds naughty….

    Love and licks,

  6. Sounds very interesting, Erik. I enjoy fantasies, but because they’re usually quite complex, I like to read all the books one after another. Then I don’t forget the important stuff in between.

  7. Interesting review, Erik! The plot: school, magic, fantasy…reminds me of something…now what might that be?

  8. Nice honest review. I like that you told us the difficult parts, like needing to put it down. I appreciate full reviews that tell us all we actually need to know. You nailed it, Erik.

  9. Love your reviews and the caveats that you give about the book. The book cover looks interesting. Problem with most fantasy books is that the plot may indeed get way too complicated for the average reader whose attention may lapse at the strange-sounding names and the multitude of characters. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about this book.

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