- Paperback: 354 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 28, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1475033664
- ISBN-13: 978-1475033663
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #13,451,750 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Legend of the Travelers: Willow's Journey Paperback – May 28, 2012
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I really love the premise of this book and the idea of the Travelers. Willow is basically the last of her kind (unless her mother is out there somewhere). Travelers have the ability to move in time and see occurrences of the past. One of Willow's ancestors hid the Four Jewels of legend, and everyone wants their hands on them. As only a Traveler can unlock the secrets to find the jewels, Willow is much sought after and has no idea who she can really trust.
I did have a few issues with this book. There is much mystery surrounding Willow's past and that seems to go on too long, for me at least. I became impatient with everyone patting Willow's head and telling her they would tell her things later. Also, Willow made a few questionable decisions that I felt created problems for herself where she didn't need to. However, I am a reader of fantasy books, not Young Adult, so it could be that some of the things I had a problem with are actually normal for this genre and I am only judging it based on its fantasy elements.
That said, once I hit about the halfway point, I literally could not put this book down. When Willow started figuring out what was really going on, I was captivated with the events as they unfolded. I like the mixture of different myths and legends woven throughout this book. There are many exciting magic/fantasy elements that are very fun to read. The final showdown is awesome and worth the wait to get there.
Overall, I really like the concept of this story and can't wait for the next in the series. Although the mystery surrounding Willow is answered, there is still much for Willow to do and many threads of the story I can't wait to see played out in subsequent books.
On a personal note, Willow has been written to be a heroine of a new generation. Plucky, persevering, troubled, and disillusioned - yet hopeful, caring, and determined to fulfill her destiny as a Traveler. Reading this novel is akin to a long rollercoaster ride. An adrenalin fueled beginning. Several harrowing turns and stomach churning curves. A few leisurely spots to catch your breath and bask in the richness of the land and it's inhabitants (both good and evil). And lastly, a thrill-packed ending that will leave you gasping for more.
This is one journey you can't miss. I give it five stars. You will too.