By Lee Duigon
Right up front, I want to say that I believe that there is going to be more...I have read Books 1-5 and at the end of Book 5, I stated emphatically to myself: "That is not the end of the story..."
Bell Mountain, The Cellar Beneath the Cellar, The Thunder King, The Last Banquet, and The Fugitive Prince are by far some of the best children's fantasy around. Written by Lee Duigon, these books definitely held my attention (and caused some amused snickers and giggles).
One of the most fascinating things about the series is that you can see how Mr. Duigon drew from biblical history, as well as the history of the Reformation, (and history in general) in crafting this tale. While not exactly paralleling Scripture and history, and most certainly not an allogory, the story is one that teaches truth about God and man.
I don't know how exactly to cram five books into a paragraph or two without giving away the plot...but I'll try to give you an idea of the story.
It seems hair-brained and crazy when a couple of kids head out across land they have never been across to follow a boy's dream--a dream that scares the daylights out of him, but simply will not give him any peace. This action and the subsequent consquences unleash something like man in Obann has never seen before.
Strange, giant animals roam the world...
The Heathens across the mountains are mobilizing under a solitary commander...
The Temple is corrupt at it's heart...
And Jack and Ellyane are having wild adventures--which culminate in a world changing moment.
From there, the rest of the series roars to life and by the end of The Fugitive Prince, I knew more was coming because of certain foreshadowings that were not fulfilled. (Needless to say, I look forward to more!)
The writing style is easy reading (after all, these are children's books)...if I had any complaint with it, it would be that Mr. Duigon reiterates certain facts multiple times per book. Even then, it isn't much of a problem.
My favorite character is probably Helki...a big man with a crazy patch-work coat...but I won't say more for fear of spoiling your introduction to him!
I definitely recommend these books!
A Reformed Presbyterian girl who enjoys a good movie or a good book any ol'
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