I am having MAJOR internet woes. Our internet has been down for a week and our cell service out where we live is sketchy so using a hot spot is problematic. The internet is somewhat working today and hopefully it will be resolved and I can get out the reviews I have piled up in my queue!
For today, we have –
The Rings: Journey Beneath Sirok
Series: The Elias Chronicles (#2)
By E.G. Kardos
270 pages – ages 8+
Published by KB Klatch Books on December 31, 2018
Synopsis from Publisher- “Fresh off an adventure in a magical land, mystical forces draw Elias to the Under World to save his friend and sorcerer, Zoltan. In doing so, the prophecy calls him to return the Ring of the Right Hand to its rightful owner. First he must learn how to use his powers that hide deep inside him before entering a parallel world. There, he comes face to face with the Conveyor of All Evil, Ordak. But to conquer his enemy, he must first save a world of false promises – or perhaps save the world he left behind.”
What I Thought- This was an interesting story from E.G. Kardos – it follows the first book in the series, The Amulet, very well (see my review HERE). The characters are true to themselves, and the plot is compelling. Elias is a character we can all connect with, as he has a good soul and always strives to do right. There are a lot of life lessons spouted out in the book too, and I thought they were very interesting to read about – things like choosing kindness and good over evil. The book had a passive voice and “telling” not showing. which slowed the pace of the story at points. Kardos’ imagination does shine through with vivid scenes and character development. I also appreciated that the story line is a bit unpredictable, which is a welcome relief from a lot of fantasy writing out there right now. Book 2 is a stand alone, but ‘d recommend beginning with The Amulet, as the reader becomes invested in the characters in that book. I would recommend this book to people who like fantasy stories with lots of fun characters and cool settings.
I give this book four out of five bookworms.