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The Ancient Lands: Warrior Quest: Search for the Ifa Scepter Paperback – December 5, 2009


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 250 pages
  • Publisher: Brown-Eyed Dreams (December 5, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0984312013
  • ISBN-13: 978-0984312016
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 7.9 x 5.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,856,526 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Usually Fond of Fantasy, But This Book Grabbed Me, December 12, 2009 By Tracy F. It isn't often that I find a fantasy novel that wraps its way into my head making me push aside other tasks to keep reading. With the intention of reading a few chapters before tackling housework and other mundane tasks, I curled up near the fire and read every page of The Ancient Lands: Warrior's Quest-Search for the Ifa Scepter in one sitting. In the world known as Madunia, Hatari and his siblings plan to conquer every nook and cranny for complete domination. In this story, Hatari's armies have done well, but he and his armies of ogres remain unable to get control of the Kingdom of Ufalme. King Jumbe, ruler of Ufalme, is concerned over a drought that is threatening his kingdom's welfare. He is unaware that his youngest son, Bomani, overheard him talking to his adviser. Fifteen-year-old Bomani wants to prove himself worthy of ruling the kingdom one day, and with what he overhears, a plan is hatched. Legend has it that the gods grew unhappy after the theft of the Ifa Scepter. The king's adviser has a map leading to the scepter. If it is returned to the Kingdom of Ufalme, the drought will end and everyone's welfare will be saved. Bomani decides to make this his quest. Joined by a young sorceress, Farra, who still needs to develop her full powers, and Farra's wolf-pup Pupa, the trio set off to find the scepter and prove they are as powerful as the adults around them. Descriptive, unusual creatures like the Shadowlight, a soul-sucking black mass; large flies with the legs and fangs of a spider; and grotesque fish, with five-foot tongues that have sharp nail like projections keep the reader and the heroes on their toes. Along the way, the heroes of the novel learn valuable lessons about themselves and the way they handle issues, particularly Bomani who has a tendency to think only of himself. Watching his character grow added layers to the novel making it incredibly enjoyable from start to finish. If you have a fantasy reader in your house, I think he/she'd be well pleased with this novel. The plot moves swiftly, action never seems to slow down and the author, Jason McCammon, does a great job creating undeniable images with words. For those who like to create mental pictures as they read, I found the descriptions, dialogue and setting sprang to life making it easy to visualize every detail. Along the way, Farra uncovers a new quest, to find the five surviving shape-shifters. This sub-plot leads the way to a second The Ancient Lands novel. I, for one, can't wait to read it. --roundtableforkids.blogspot.com/

Don't be fooled by the title! The Ancient Lands' Warrior Quest is anything but an old story being re-told. Instead, Warrior Quest is full of excitement and magic. Author, Jason McCammon, easily transports you to a whole new world - a world full of magical and odd things. The imagination that he has strewn throughout every page is phenomenal. This journey is unique and his characters are unforgettable. Warrior Quest follows super ego, fifteen-year old Bomani as he tries to prove himself worthy to be Ufalme's next king. All he has to do is get the Ifa Scepter from the evil Hatari. This is a near impossible task that Prince Bomani thinks he can do overnight. Thankfully, his over the top egotistical behavior is balanced out when sweet, Farra and her pup, Pupa, tag along for the journey. Farra adds knowledge and wit to Bomani's brawn and teaches him the ultimate lesson of all, friendship. Each chapter contains a new creature or situation that will have you reading until you get to the end. Just when you think you never want to leave their magical world, McCammon ends the story, leaving you on a cliffhanger. Trust me. You will want to dive into Warrior Quest because the adventure is just getting started. --amazon.com/gp/cdp/member-reviews/A1LGVZC4FP45V2/ref=cm_pdp_rev_all?ie=UTF8&sort_by=MostRecentReview

About the Author

Perhaps having lived in thirty different places by age 35 has contributed to Jason McCammon's thirst for creating something new. After attaining a Bachelors degree in still photography, Jason shifted into the the world of film and television. It was there that he fell in love with the aspect of creating a story. "I have found nothing that is more rewarding or more pleasurable than creating. Every moment in life is fuel for a new idea." -Jason McCammon

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The story was entertaining, interesting, and well written.
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Although the target audience is for those much younger than myself, this story is so well written, it can be appreciated by any age group.
Toi
One thing I couldn't figure out was the use of illustrations at the beginning of some chapters but not on others.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By ALina on December 20, 2010
Format: Paperback
The Ancient Lands was a nice read. I enjoyed Bomani, the arrogant young warrior and Farra, the sometimes overly excited sorceress and even though Bomani is fifteen and Farra just a little younger it felt like maybe more of a middle grade read most of the time, but still fun for anyone who enjoys an easy read of magic and adventure. I really enjoyed following these two--uh, three, lets not forget Farra's furry companion, Pupa, the little blue wolf who has a special bound with the young sorceress--around through their adventure and growing friendship. It's fun and filled with little magical surprises and interesting characters who help Bomani, Farra and Pupa along the way.

This is a nice book about friendship and both the characters grow and learn more about themselves on their quest to retrieve the Ifa Scepter. Though the ending felt a little sudden it left with hopes of another adventure.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tracy F. VINE VOICE on December 12, 2009
Format: Paperback
It isn't often that I find a fantasy novel that wraps its way into my head making me push aside other tasks to keep reading. With the intention of reading a few chapters before tackling housework and other mundane tasks, I curled up near the fire and read every page of The Ancient Lands: Warrior's Quest-Search for the Ifa Scepter in one sitting.

In the world known as Madunia, Hatari and his siblings plan to conquer every nook and cranny for complete domination. In this story, Hatari's armies have done well, but he and his armies of ogres remain unable to get control of the Kingdom of Ufalme.

King Jumbe, ruler of Ufalme, is concerned over a drought that is threatening his kingdom's welfare. He is unaware that his youngest son, Bomani, overheard him talking to his adviser. Fifteen-year-old Bomani wants to prove himself worthy of ruling the kingdom one day, and with what he overhears, a plan is hatched.

Legend has it that the gods grew unhappy after the theft of the Ifa Scepter. The king's adviser has a map leading to the scepter. If it is returned to the Kingdom of Ufalme, the drought will end and everyone's welfare will be saved. Bomani decides to make this his quest. Joined by a young sorceress, Farra, who still needs to develop her full powers, and Farra's wolf-pup Pupa, the trio set off to find the scepter and prove they are as powerful as the adults around them.

Descriptive, unusual creatures like the Shadowlight, a soul-sucking black mass; large flies with the legs and fangs of a spider; and grotesque fish, with five-foot tongues that have sharp nail like projections keep the reader and the heroes on their toes.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Garner on June 22, 2010
Format: Paperback
I am not the fairytale adventure type of reader, but I could not put this book down. It was action, excitement and adventure from the beginning until the end. The two main characters are relatable and unforgetable. All of the places they travel,people and things they encounter, and obstacles they overcome are very creative and unexpected. This is a great book. I would love to see it brought to life on the big screen!!!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sandala on October 28, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
The series is set in a fantasy version of East Africa with sibling rivalry the driving force behind the story. A nice read for pre-teens and early teens.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Oktopus Ink on August 27, 2011
Format: Paperback
I was thrilled to find out that I won this book from a giveaway on goodreads.com, and have to take a moment to applaud for McCammon. This book far exceeded my expectations (which were quite high, because the plot synopsis sounded exciting). I love and read a lot of fantasy, but I don't think I can ever remember reading a fantasy book quite like this. The setting was original; based off of the savannahs in Africa, and set in its own pseudo-realistic world. It drew me in right away. Fast-paced with imaginative landscapes and creative creatures including flowers that bleed rainbow-colored liquid and shape-shifting ogres, Warrior Quest: Search for the Ifa Scepter was an excellent way to open up the world of Madunia to the reader.

Even though Search for the Ifa Scepter is really for kids between the ages of 9 and 15, readers of all ages will be able to enjoy it. Bomani and Farra's adventures are almost episodic; every other chapter has them encountering something new, and conflicts are solved quickly without much emotional drama, even though Bomani is a bit of a jerk. Don't get me wrong, the kid actually has reason to be cocky: between pole vaulting onto zebras' backs and fighting river worms, this kid can take on the world--especially when he teams up with Farra. Oh my spirits, I adored Farra! She's adorable, and Bomani and Farra's skills nicely complement one another, as do their opposite personalities. When she and her wolf pup, Pupa, enter Bomani's life, he begins to change--as all jerkish heroes tend to do when they finally meet somebody willing to be their friend. McCammon does a good job of developing their relationship, and watching their friendship grow was just as exciting as seeing them escape from a volcano (which actually happens in this book).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By azsara on October 2, 2010
Format: Paperback
This a book best for kids in grades 3-6. It is about an arrogant youngest son of a king, Bomani, and a sorceress in training, Farra. They set out to retrieve a sceptor that will restore their lands to a fertile valley. Along the way they meet ogres, fairy sprites, along with many other magical creatures. There is mystical adventures and they progress on their journey.

The first 50 pages were the hardest to get in to as the foundation for the story was being laid. The narrator perspective, in the beginning and a couple other times throughout, was choppy and took away from the story. I felt that the information could have been given in another form that would have flowed better in the adventure. Once that perspective was finished the book flowed better and was more enjoyable.

After those first few pages the story picked up and was enjoyed throughout the end. I liked that Bomani and Farra had to learn to work together, learning about themselves, friendship, humility, and how to overcome obstacles while trying their best. I also liked that they were not invicible and learned that it is ok to accept help from others.

I appreciate that there was no swearing or romance in this book, that it was fun, exciting, and wholesome for children to read, and that it the author could do all that while making it exciting for children.

My son, 11, and daughter, 8, are sure to enjoy this series and will be looking forward to the next one. I hope you will enjoy this book as much as my family.

I did receive this book for free from Goodreads and appreciate the opportunity to read and review this book.
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