Monday, December 27, 2010

The Wilderking Trilogy, Book 3: The Way of the Wilderking

BAM! The action starts right away in The Way of the Wilderking, the third and final book in the Wilderking series written by Jonathan Rogers. A “civilizer” is captured in the Feechiefen (a dangerous swamp filled with legendary—and smelly—feechiefolk), and more armed civilizers are on the way. The civilizer ends up being Aidan’s own brother, come to warn him that his life is in danger.

The story picks up three years after the last book left off. We discover that our hero Aidan Errolson fled to the swamp after King Darrow tried to kill him. Still bent on eliminating Aidan, King Darrow sends his army into the swamp to kill him. Aidan leaves the swamp and seeks out his family and friends, only to discover that they have been outlawed and are hiding in caves. Aidan trains these people, making them into his own mighty army. Yet instead of attacking Darrow, the ever loyal Aidan battles the Pyrthens, who are planning an invasion.

The story plot is modeled after the life of young David and King Saul from the Bible. The feechiefolk add a hilarious twist to the tale, making it hard to stop reading… or stop laughing.

What I Like: As with the first two installments, I LOVE THIS BOOK. Rogers is an excellent storyteller—creative, hysterically funny, and poignant. The story is energetic and fast-paced, and yet Rogers seamlessly weaves sacrificial love, forgiveness, and humility into the tale without being preachy. While the story holds parallels to the Biblical accounts of David, it is so well crafted and so well rooted in its fantasy world that instead of the similarities hindering the plot, the reader will be completely delighted by this fresh new version and its twists and turns. Plus, the antics of the feechiefolk make it irresistible. There are two more books in this series; The Bark of the Bog Owl and The Secret of the Swamp King.

What I Dislike: Nothing

Overall Rating: Excellent

Age Appeal: 8-12, but it will appeal to those older and younger as well

Publisher Info: B & H Publishing, 2006; ISBN: 978-0-8054-3133-9; Hardcover, 225PGS., $15.99
Buy it Now at Christianbook.com for $7.99
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Special Info: Visit Jonathan Rogers' website.


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1 comment:

Kate {The Parchment Girl} said...

I've never heard of this trilogy before. I'm so glad there is some good Christian fantasy out there for kids!