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The Familiars Hardcover – Deckle Edge, September 7, 2010
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The Familiars, the first book by the writing team of Adam J. Epstein & Andrew Jacobson does, as other reviewers have noted, feel somewhat familiar, especially in the first few chapters. And the overall plot - people to save, an enemy to defeat, dangers to face, etc. is common to thousands of novels. So the questions are: a) did the book get past the familiarity of the early chapters and come to feel more original? and b) were the authors able to draw us into the traditional hero's journey/quest story even though we've come across the plot before?
For me, the answer to both of these questions is "yes".
The Familiars is a fast paced story with likeable characters that children will root for.Read more ›
Of course, just because my son enjoyed the book doesn't mean your kid will. His previous favorite book was Because of Winn-Dixie; he also really enjoys the Goosebumps series.
He can't wait for the next book in the series...in fact, that's why I came on Amazon tonight, to see if there were more. None of our other (older) kids had heard of this book - our son picked this out at the bookstore for himself based on the cover and what he read on the inside flap. I suspect the other kids will read this book too, as they're both fans of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, and our daughter absolutely loves Erin Hunter's Warriors and Seekers series.
I read some of the other reviews and it looks like a lot of the negative reviews are from adults reading the book. While I doubt the writing in The Familiars is quite on the level of Newberry Medalist "Winn Dixie", the fact that my son so enjoyed it is the reason I gave it 5 stars. Reading is supposed to be enjoyable and in the end that's what it comes down to. This book wasn't written for me; it was written for kids. It's clearly a hit with my son who's in the target audience, and a book he enjoyed so much only encourages him to keep reading.
As a side note, seeing that Sam Raimi is producing the movie has me intrigued. I wonder if we'll hear Bruce Campbell as one of the characters.
1 - It does fit the genre and I totally expected it, but I wished Aldwyn had not been an actual Familiar with actual mystical powers. I think it would have been better if he were just smart, using his wits. IMOP his cleverness was a FAR better magic than telekinesis.
2 - Paksahara (the Gray Hare Witch, very clever I have to say) referenced the mountain cave the trio stayed in and fought the troll in. The fact that she knew animals use to be wizards and ruled the land, in fact performed all of the great feats of legend without humans; that's great - but seeing the same paintings as the Familiars and then referencing it? Sorry, strains credulity a bit. IMOP it would have been better if she had another source for her revelation.
3 - The Familiars are destine to be the ones to save Vastia, well that's a given BUT it shouldn't have been so obvious and it shouldn't have been reveled so causally as the end of this first book.
It did get a lot right! Plenty of minor, unresolved mysteries abound. What is the meaning of the silver anklets? Why does Gilbert's father treat him like he does when he can see the future and knows much of his destiny? Will Skylar become the great wizard she so hopes to be? Why was Aldwyn apparently abandoned as a kitten and what family does he belong to? What of the Familiars Loyal's? Hopefully they will have more than a cursory role in the upcoming events, be more than bait. They should get the chance to participate, even maybe save the day some.
And the hunter Grimslade, I do hope we see more of him!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
My 9 year-old read this book in a day. He loved it because all of his dreams came true. From the telekinesis powers Aldwyn had to the brilliant storytelling about the three... Read morePublished 1 day ago by momofthreeboys
I found this book to be inappropriate for a young child. My daughter is 9 and she did not like it, nor did I. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
I don't think that I will ever get tired of this book. It was probably an eight years and up book. With smaller kids I think maybe this would be a good chapter-a-day classroom or... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Mindy
I am reading the series with my nine year old Korean grandaughter. Delightful story, full of surprises, wonderful characters. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Roger Lee
It was a bit slow in the beginning, but got more interesting as you got through the book. I love when authors use personification in their books. That technique never gets old. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Belle's Beastly Book Blog
Honesty I like this is a great book with lost of imagination. I'll tell you that I loved this book and can't wait to get the next one on my Kindle.Published 7 months ago by Aubrey