- Paperback: 402 pages
- Publisher: Quiet Corner Press (March 19, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0615466826
- ISBN-13: 978-0615466828
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 18 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,579,790 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Forts : Fathers and Sons Paperback – March 19, 2011
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About the Author
Born in Chicago Illinois, Steven Novak has spent the whole of his life creating. After attending The Columbus College of Art and Design in Columbus Ohio for four years he moved to California where he married his wife and grade school teacher, Tamara. The pair have been together for nearly a decade. While working as a freelance illustrator and graphic artist, with occasional product and web design, he produced several successful blogs and began to slowly piece together the story that would eventually become "Forts." The first in a series of three, "Forts: Fathers and Sons" is an intensely personal piece of fantasy that intertwines aspects of horror and science fiction as well. Written as a trilogy the second in the series is due out in 2011, and the third a year later. His work can be found online at www.novakillustration.com
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Written in the spirit of the Narnia adventures five children are plunged from their Earthly existence into a strange new world where they not only have to fight to find one another, but to simply stay alive. The five children find themselves in the midst of a prophecy that even they aren't sure they are capable of fulfilling.
There are moments along their journey, and even before it starts, where you simply want to cry for these children and what they go through. There are also those moments where you will find yourself cheering them along. Readers will also fall in love with the non-human creatures that inhabit the land of Fillagrou. They are both beautifully drawn and described. All of the characters in this story were so well developed that as you read you feel like you are making a new friend, or perhaps an enemy. Either way, the depth of the characters and the world they inhabit draws the you in and makes opening this book more of an experience than just reading a story.
As a parent:
There are points in this story where bad language is used (as in cussing, cursing, however you say it in your neck of the woods) however it is not gratuitous. The language is there for a reason and is used sparingly to bring home the point.
There are definitely themes in the story that older children/young adults can relate to. Some of the characters are subjected to abusive parenting, bullies, and a tyrannical warlord who wishes to take over every world in existence (Read: great big giant bully!) And then you have the little underdogs who rise up and find an inner strength that allows them to not only stand up for themselves, but others as well. Young readers will definitely come away from this story understanding bullying better.
Don't get me wrong with my parenting points. This book is not preachy, it is an amazing tale of childhood traumas and triumphs. I would easily liken it to a Lord of the Rings lite version for kids! There is a quest to save the worlds. There are many insurmountable obstacles. And then there are the friendships that develop along the way.
I for one, can't wait to read the next book in the trilogy, "Forts: Liars and Thieves." I am also going to send a copy to my children's school library, because other children should have the chance to be introduced to this amazing story!
With high points in Characterization and Originality, Steven Novak drew (no pun intended) me into his world with vivid descriptions and added illustrations at the beginning of each chapter. Each character is so strongly written, I couldn't help but fall in love with most of them (excluding the Ochan race, of course). Novak has this amazing ability to make me feel bad for the abusive father and actually like the bully. I felt that sting of loss and the loneliness of separation, as I flipped through the pages, but I also knew--without a doubt--that Tommy Jarvis would do absolutely everything possible to protect his little brother.
The story was intricate and well developed, and the accompanying art added faces to the characters Novak describes so vividly. The only thing I found myself giving lower points for was Style/Technique and Presentation. This was due primarily to a few overlapping points of view that sometimes took away from the story. Minor issues aside, the chapters always ended with a cliffhanger that kept me turning the page, wondering what was going to happen next.
I loved this book. Not only did this story contain creatures from one hundred different worlds, insane battles, magic, and tyranny of the likes you've never seen; it's also a timeless tale of hope, friendship, and the bond of brotherhood. I am looking forward to reading book two, Forts: Liars and Thieves, and posting a cooperative review with my thirteen year-old son here on Easily Mused.
I originally reviewed this book on EasilyMused.com
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