©2004 Thomas A. Barron; (P)2004 Random House, Inc. Listening Library, an imprint of the Random House Audio Publishing Group
"Liberally laced with humor and wit, the first book in The Great Tree of Avalon series effectively introduces and fleshes out remarkable characters....Fine debut of a promising new fantasy series." (Booklist)
"The Great Tree of Avalon: Child of the Dark Prophecy" is the first book in the new series by T.A. Barron. Avalon is literally a tree, planted by the wizard Merlin, and people live in the seven lands comprised of its roots. The story starts with a prophecy, babies, and flight from danger, capturing the reader's imagination right from the start.
The gist of the book is that the fate of Avalon now rests with three young people: one of whom is the true heir of Merlin, the only person who can save Avalon, and one of whom is the dreaded child of the Dark Prophecy, the person fated to destroy it.
You have a magical world, interesting characters, and a plot that keeps the reader guessing every bit as much as the characters. All in all, it's a very entertaining read.
This is truely an exciting new fantasy series. You will find yourself looking forward to the next installment. The characters are interesting and work well together in this thoroughly entertaining book.
Maybe I'm too old for this book, but I do enjoy good science fiction and fantasy writing. If you haven't already listened to Eragon or the Bartimaeus Trilogy I strongly urge you to check those out and not waste your time with this book. The writing is amateurish and the reading made me roll my eyes. With Dan Brown, every character "stops short". With T.A. Barron every character's "eyes flashed". Please, unless you're 10 years old or younger.. STAY AWAY.
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