Paperback: 372 pages
Publisher: BenBella Books (June 7, 2011)
In a magical realm filled with creatures of every possible shape and size, war is brought upon the peaceful kingdom of Sonnencrest by evil goblin King Malmut. Princess Babette, the only surviving member of the royal family, manages to escape and seeks refuge with Asterux, a powerful wizard who agrees to teach Babette magic, and who disguises her as an ugly gypsy girl to protect her from King Malmut’s thugs.
Ten years later, Babette must use the magic she has learned to help aid the kingdom’s only hope at defeating the goblins’ horrible reign: Darrow, a lame boy who can barely pick up a sword but has a great gift for inspiring others. With Babette’s unseen help, Darrow begins a journey to free his country once and for all and bring peace back to Sonnencrest.
Written by a father and his then eight- year-old son who struggled with a learning disability at the time, "The Sword of Darrow" is an enjoyable adventure that shows how even the unlikeliest of heroes can rise up against injustice.
I got this ARC book in the mail a few weeks ago along with Morpheus Road: The Black which you can see my review for by clicking here. Yes, here. Don't be confused, just click here. Okay, all those other "here"s are lying. Click here and you will come to my review for Morpheus Road: The Black. So, anyway, I received the ARC copy of Sword of Darrow and put it low on my list of my to be read books because it didn't really catch my interest immediately. Sure, the cover art is pretty cool but I didn't really say to myself, "I have to read this ASAP as possible!" For anyone who doesn't watch The Office, the whole "ASAP as possible" is a Michael Scott quote.
But, I was proved wrong (As it happens quite often) in the matter of how quickly I had to read it. When I finally did pick up the book, I was thoroughly surprised. Not only was it written well, but it was also 372 pages of pure awesomeness. It was exactly the fantasy book I've been craving for months. Goblins, dragons, Minotaurs, dwarves, wizards, and many other creatures that only belong in certain books. Many would say that anyone who uses these creatures in this kind of setting is stealing from Tolkien or Lewis. I say that without books like this, teen books would be very boring indeed. Fantasy being my favorite genre of books, I really enjoyed reading Sword of Darrow.
Like I said above, this book was well written, the Malchows did a great job of capturing the more interesting parts of fantasy and morphing it into something of their own. Into something that will grab the interest of readers like me. There isn't really a lot I can say on the matter, other then the fact the Alex and Hal Malchow really wrote a great book. Some of the best fantasy I've read in a while. The pace was great, starting with action, and continuing with an epic adventure that, even though it is a fantasy book, I'm sure a lot of teens can relate to. It gives a great messege saying that anyone can do the right thing and that anyone can be the hero.
Hey to all you people who read for fun.
YOU ARE COOL.
A note to the parents -
This was a pretty clean book, no cursing or sexual content. There was a moderate amount of violence, the things you'd expect to see in a Lord of the Rings-ish book. Sword fighting and such.