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Pajo Paperback – October 26, 2007
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About the Author
Karl L. Kruger was born and raised in the small town of Wheaton, Minnesota. He currently lives in San Diego, California, with his wife of seventeen years and their two children. To learn more, visit www.the3pillars.com.
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Everyone in the kingdom speaks of the poor Queen who died in childbirth. The King died only months earlier and yet only one mention is made of him. With the attack on the infant Pince's life, his nurse locks herself in with the baby. No one knows how they are. No one ever commands her to come out. The court merely posts one guard outside the door and life goes on as usual. The Captain of the guard hosts good-hearted training matches for his men, inside the main hall, just downstairs from the self imprisoned nursemaid and only remaining member of the main branch of royal family. It's okay, the Captain has a nicely trimmed breard on his handsome face, as do all the good guys in this book.
The monk-good-guy who is an omniprescent(but not omni-potent) being is not surprised to find a humanoid in the forest that is the last of his species, hunted thus close to exterminatioin by humans. This creature--Pajo was also raised by a fellow monk and friend--no surprise. The monk whips his head around in shock to hear that the monk has named the creature from their legends and so seals it's fate to be sent out in harms way to save the infant Prince. Of humans there are many, but we will send the last of his kind to certain death--must be the right thing to do because the monk has a neatly trimmed beard.
This might be a book for young adults, but the poor writing is still poor writing.
Pajajopi Bamatojasi is the last of the Potheem; a breed of long ago creatures covered in fur, bearing many animal characteristics, but still is educated enough to speak, walk and do most things a regular human can accomplish. Except the flaw in his speech, he can not pronounce the "th" in words so they're substituted with d's or t's. He was raised by a Nirdehnian Monk from the age of 9, but now four years later at age 13 he is orphaned. He truly thought he was to be "just" a forest creature for the rest of his life, little did he know there was much in store for him. Starting with meeting The Healer, Jetha and her Nirdehnian escort.
Pajo, Crimson, Jetha, and the escort monk, Boqad are being tracked by an assassin Malluk Dominier; in hopes that they will not make it to the castle to rescue the Infant Prince. Along the way two other young men, Mikah, and Talm join the Healer's entourage; when Malluk and Boqad are at war against one another they children are told to run and that Pajo would lead the way. The journey to Melasure is a long one, being tracked, as well as being visited by the apparition of a Healer past, Pajo is unsure of what to do, only he knows that he's life now has a purpose filled with something he has never known; friendship.
Pajo written by Karl L. Kruger is a phenomenal fantasy that young adults and adults are sure to enjoy. Masterfully detailed scenes and characters bring the book to life right before your eyes. Mr. Kruger excels in storytelling, although a bit slow to get into, once past the first couple of chapters I was hooked! I can tell the story was left open, so I do hope Mr. Kruger continues with the sequel to Pajo, I will be sure to add it to my shelf. 5 Hearts
The title character, Pajo, is the last member of a dying race. Covered in fur and stinking of the swamps where he makes his home, he is a wretched creature, tortured by self-loathing and the knowledge that he is something less than human. Though he's only thirteen years old, Pajo carries a lifetime of burdens on his rounded shoulders. He doesn't love himself, and he has no reason to love anyone else, but that doesn't stop him from undertaking a dangerous journey to save the infant prince.
At turns, this book is funny, frightening, thought provoking, and heart warming. It's a wonderful adventure story. More importantly, it's a poignant reminder of the true nature of heroism and humanity.
*Winner of the 2007 Golden Quill Award for Fantasy*
As the story of a hideous creature who is convinced to go along on a journey to save an infant prince, while at the same being hunted down by a crossbow-toting psychopath, I was wondering where the originality was. I mean, stories including ancient lands, magical kingdoms, spells, secrets, and creatures have been done to death. However, there was something about Pajo that really brought it to life for me. First of all, the thought put into the kingdom of Straemier itself was amazing, from the history of the cities and regions to the geography and layout of all the locations. I also loved the debate scenes between the characters. Everyone was really smart, which is good since smart people seem to be a dying breed. The characters themselves were beautiful, woven and crafted into people I'll remember forever (I <3 Crimson to death!!).
So in other words, Pajo owns. Hands down, this is one of my favorite reads, which I highly recommend.