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The Goldenwealth Light (The Traveler of Ord, Book 1) by [McCloskey, Scott]
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Length: 253 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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  • File Size: 629 KB
  • Print Length: 253 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publication Date: January 5, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00AAX3WF2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,638,061 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Danger, friendship, and adventure abound in this action packed tale of young Theo and his little sister, Marie, who join with a charismatic group of 'contrary' young people on an epic journey through a magical land.

While the scenery and imagery are dynamic as well as beautiful, I think the greatest strength of this story is the cast of unique and richly developed characters and fantasy creatures. The central theme is one of learning to accept yourself and others despite perceived differences or shortcomings.

Simply put, this is a truly unique story which will draw you in and have you turning pages for hours on end. I cannot wait to find out what's in store for Theo and the others in the next volume of The Traveler of Ord series.

I recommend this book to anyone who loves the epic adventure of The Neverending Story and the seemlessly relatable characters found in the Harry Potter series.
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This story touched me on multiple levels. In the beginning, I was drawn to the sudden influx of money to the family and the changes in their lives, especially those of the children. Theo is not what one would expect to be a hero, being bullied and escaping into books whenever possible. And Marie's depiction of the bratty little sister is genius. While Theo pretends to be indifferent, it is obvious that he and his sister miss the closeness their family has lost.

Waking up in a strange land straight from a fantasy novel should be the thrill of a lifetime, but Theo and Marie are in for a few surprises. Not everyone is glad to see them, and their strength of will and mettle are tested. Once they pass the test, Theo is charged with a task of monumental importance, when all he really wants to do is to go home. He is accompanied, not by a group of knights, but rather, by a group of misfits, known as contrary, due to a hink in Theo's Traveler or Ord Book, who are no more than children themselves. For a group of youngsters whose magic can be unpredictable, they give their all to help each other succeed cause it's the right thing to do.

This is a tale that can be enjoyed by both children and adults. In fact, it is a great read for families to share and take turns reading aloud. What a wonderful way to spend the evening, 30 minutes to an hour before getting ready for bed.

Looking forward to the sequel.
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By Sam on December 25, 2012
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I loved this book. It had me from the very first page to the very last.I felt so bad for Theo when the bullies would pick on him, or the fact that now that his parents have money they no longer have time for Theo and his little sister Marie. The characters are likable and the way the description of the land they find themselves in is written you can picture it in your mind. Who wouldn't want to ride an escarot, meet a yurt and shottlefairies. The book is written for young readers but adults will enjoy it also. If I had to pick one thing I would change it would be to have Marie call Theo by his name and not constantly brother. As a big fan of the Harry Potter series I can honestly say move over Harry, Theo has arrived. When is book 2 coming out, I can't wait to find out what else happens to Theo and his band of friends. I received this book from the author for review and I highly recommend it.
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The Goldenwealth Light by author Scott McCloskey was a truly magical journey from beginning to end. When his family wins the lotto, Theo and his precocious little sister Marie soon find out that having money is not everything. Life changes drastically and unpleasantly for them as their parents become members of high society and spend less and less time with them. Theo faces bullying and retreats to the only comfort he knows--reading a good fantasy. When he discovers an old book in the library, his world and the world of his younger sister will be forever changed.

I enjoyed this book from beginning to end. The author has created characters that have their own unique and spirited ways of carrying the reader through the story. These are the type of protagonists that make you forget you are reading a book at all and pull you into their world right alongside them. Theo especially, was a character that I couldn't help but love. He is witty, funny and engaging, not to mention determined.

This was a good read for a lot of reasons. While many authors tend to dumb down their speech when writing for a YA audience, Scott McCloskey chose not to do this. His passages are neither overly wordy, nor are they too simple. When you read this, you can obviously tell that the author is educated, and I appreciated that. As an adult that reads quite a lot of YA books, it disturbs me when an author has to over indulge in explanation, I find it insulting to the YA audience. This book was written with the presumption that the audience is intelligent. I loved that.

Creativity: This book is filled with it. There are creatures I have never seen before. When you read a lot of fantasy novels, this becomes important after while.
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Theo is a boy who doesn't fit in at school and is neglected by his newly rich parents. He discovers a special book in the library and he is transported along with his sister into another world where he soon discovers that he is chosen by the god of that world to restore balance between good and evil. Accompanied by several young individuals who are "contraries" (those who talents often backfire on them), he journeys towards a city that everyone has lost contact with to find out what happened to it.

I really enjoyed the book and was drawn into it's fantasy realm easily. I don't want to spoil anything, but suffice to say there are a number of unique peoples, creatures, spirits, and trees in the book which really help to flesh out the world. The plot was a little slow in the beginning as it worked to setup our main character, but the payoff happened once he was transported to his new world. I found all of the characters were well developed, although perhaps a few are hiding their intentions and true loyalties...it is one of those things where you wonder sometimes if the portrayed bad guys are really bad and if all the good guys are truly good. The world has magic, spirits, and some unique properties but none of them are so heavy handed to derail the story. The book is a good journey and sets everything up for the next book to continue the journey. I can't say I really cared for all the characters, but I did care a lot about Theo, his sister, and a few others. A few of his companions really had no character development, but the journey has just begun and there are more books in the future to address that.

I would easily recommend this to anyone and have added this to my list of favorites. I can't wait for the next book.

Note: The author provided this book to me for free in exchange for a review.
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