- Neat cover and it’s a book in verse!!
I also recommend:
- Beowulf by Unknown
Summary from Cover:
Throughout its history, the kingdom known as the Realm has never known peace. From its establishment, it has possessed the gift of magic, which is a treasure that exists no other place in the world! As a result, the Realm has endlessly defended itself against conquerers, but now faces it’s greated peril.
As our heroes battle the wicked and unlock mysteries, they must also face overwhelming circumstances as they are guided by ancient lore on a quest to find the greatest treasure their kingdom will ever know…peace.
When I received this small book in the mail, I set it aside after making a note on my calendar to get it read. I didn’t notice it again until a few days later when my dad picked it up and exclaimed – this book is in verse!
I was excited to get to it then. This semester in British Literature, I was introduced to my very first epic poems in Beowulf, Paradise Lost, and other fun, old English tales. Then, when I read the introduction to The Realmsic Conquest, I felt a kinship with the author because, like he, I also had a friendship that thrived through letters – although we never wrote stories to each other (why didn’t we think of that, Chris??).
That all said, while The Realmsic Conquest was clever and amusing, it fell short of being a “true epic”. I feel as if Jackson could have done more with less attempt to rhyme – which, in a way, cheapened the story. I’ve read books in verse that ended up being very powerful because their lack of rhyme – and I really think that the potential existed in this story to make an “modern epic fantasy tale”.
The idea was good, putting it into practice fell short – in short. Still, I think if you are wanting to give something different to a young boy for a gift – this might be something you’d look toward. The story has a great message, there’s magic and bad guys and bad guys turning good – and it’s in verse!
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