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Drops from the Kingdom: The Silver Arrow Paperback – July 29, 2011
Drops From the Kingdom is an action-filled fantasy novel. It shows the classic struggle between good and evil, as characters determined to save the world cross paths with characters determined to destroy it. Readers will enjoy watching Isaac's journey as he searches for the three people who can stop the devastation that is imminent.
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The characters are well written, with enough complexity to make them interesting, but not so complex that the younger reader would be put off. The settings are well crafted, though there is a tad bit of redundancy. Again, for a younger reader, the extra description can help them visualize what is going on better. For an adult reader, the pace may feel a bit like two steps forward, one step back because of the descriptions.
The overall story is very well crafted, and even before I approached the writing style with the correct mindset, I was enjoying it. The pace is well set, and flows smoothly between elements and scenes. No obvious jars to kick the reader out of the world being crafted by Larry for this work.
Over all, it is a good book for younger readers, and one I wouldn't mind handing to any of my younger cousins.
An exciting and action packed fantasy thriller. A couple of young boys, Iseac and Samuel, both with a key in saving the world from the powerful evil.
The story development is solid. The author structures the history well, proving a strong foundation of information to help keep you connected and informed. Yet the history is not overwhelming. I liked that I didn't get lost or bogged down.
The character construction was very good in that you grew with each of the main characters. I found myself developing sadness at the loss of some of the secondary characters. I became clearly connected to the main characters wanting them to be around for awhile.
The story flowed because the sentence structure; grammar and typesetting didn't cause distraction potentially causing disruption or having to reread. The typesetting was excellent in that the font and paragraph structure was easy to read on my device. It didn't require frequent adjusting of the screen. It was consistent.
The author was very thorough, which I liked in describing all aspects of the story, the characters, the interactions and landscape descriptions. I was clearly able to imagine and feel I was there.
Being a fantasy lover, the amount of magic and magical powers created was to my liking. It was comforted to know there was an relative balance, yet slightly in the favor of good. The only part of the story I didn't like was some of the battles were short. I was able to predict the outcome after several instances. I would have preferred to have been surprised or at least led a little further; left hanging on the chain creating a bit of uncertainty about the result.
Overall, I would give this 4.5 out of 5 stars. I am totally looking forward to the next chapter in their quest. If you like fantasy, this story will keep you connected and engaged wanting more.
The story begins with a young Iseac as he learns his destiny is much greater than he ever imagined. He journeys away from his family’s small village and becomes the youngest member of a powerful group called the Anamerians. With them he learns about his magical abilities that will aid him on his quest. He is trained by Gabram to harness and grow his powers before he sets off to find three others that will help him prevent a great evil from destroying the world.
The plot was exciting and further deepened by the well-developed back story and myths involving the magical characters. The author paints a picture with such detail and imagery it was easy to get lost in the fantastical world he created.
I would recommend this book not only to fans of YA, but to anyone who enjoys an exciting tale of fantasy, adventure, and magic.
This book reminds me of when I was reading "The Hobbit" for the first time years ago; the further I read, the less able I was to put it down. I also love the map. It spurns the imagination and gives you an anchor.
Well written and thought out. Lots of special powers and magic make this a great SciFi read. I would recommend this book to any young adult, especially teenage boys.