Far World: Water Keep by J. Scott Savage
Release date: Friday, September 12th
Let me just begin by saying that I liked this book.
Actually, I really liked this book. I literally read the entire thing in one day. 418 pages. I just didn’t want to put it down.
By the end, though, I was extremely disappointed, because I knew that this one isn’t even available in stores yet, which means it could be quite awhile before I get to continue on this journey with Marcus and Kyja.
To back up… Marcus Kanenas is a 13 year old boy. Life has never been easy for him – he has been an orphan as long as he can remember, and has been severely disabled just as long. Marcus is clever and brave, however, and does not let anyone push him around just because he is confined to a wheelchair. Unsurprisingly, Marcus wishes he could escape from his dreary life of foster homes and state-run boys homes. Unable to get away in body, Marcus travels elsewhere in his mind, in particular to a world he calls Far World. What he doesn’t suspect, though, is that Far World is not just a fiction of his imagination. It is real, and it is in trouble.
The primary interplay in “Far World: Water Keep” is between Marcus and Kyja, a girl his age who has always been orphaned as well, but in Far World. Together, with the help of Master Therapass and Kyja’s friend Riph Raph the skyte Marcus and Kyja must fight to save Far World from the evil forces of the Thrathkin S’Bae.
This book was seriously engaging. I also really appreciated that Savage began the story with his main character in a wheelchair. Persons with disabilities are seriously under-represented in literature. In addition, there was a strong value put on caring for others, self-sacrifice, and just being a nice person. All this is not to say that “Water Keep” got preachy or righteous, that is not at all the case. This is a fun book and one where I cared about the characters, particularly Kyja and Marcus.
If you’re depressed that there will be no more Harry Potter books and would like a new young adult fantasy series to ease your mind, this is it folks! J. Scott Savage has a five book deal, so get in on the ground floor.
You can also see the author’s blog here.