Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Leven Thumps and the Ruins of Alder

All things must come to an end. This has been the moral of my reading year as I've read the end of not one, not two, but ten series. That's right, ten. Too many to name. But they're all over now. It's odd, how there are so many that have ended. 2009 was a big year for the story. But the endings aren't finished yet. (No pun intended. Actually, I change my mind. Pun very much intended.) We still have Charlie Bone and the Red Knight, Peter and the Sword of Mercy (What? There's another one?), and any completed series I decide to go ahead and finish up this year. I've been reading from one emotional climax to another, and it's actually quite draining. The things I do for you readers, especially those of you who are kind enough to follow the blog.

On an entirely different note, here's Leven Thumps and the Ruins of Alder.

In the fifth and final volume of the epic saga of Leven Thumps, all of Foo is rushing madly to exit the realm of dreams while Leven is headed in the opposite direction. Fate snatches him to the island of Alder, where he is poised to pass or fail the final test. Meanwhile, in Reality, Ezra and Dennis are welcoming those flowing out of Foo— but only so they can selfishly conquer them and gain control of both realms. Phoebe is loose, and it takes Geth getting ahold of her to begin to balance the emotions and passions of all that is crumbling. And Winter? Well, Winter just might hold the answer to everything.

I have enjoyed this series since it came out. I've always given it props for its creativity and Obert Skye's unique writing style (his use of bizarre examples that clue you in on his own unusual character). The whimsical nature of the writing provides an intriguing contrast to the epic concepts and story at hand. And here's something I hadn't fully grasped: Skye is a master at foreshadowing, giving us hints about the conclusion of his series before page one. I've had a great time reading this series, and I can't wait to get my hands on Skye's next project: Geth and the Return of the Lithens.

My rating: 10/10

Coming Soon: Confidential. Well, not really. But I don't feel like telling you.


Melissa (My World) said...

Sounds as you have been busy, finishing 10 series. Wow. That is great, well not great, but great.

I was just at the store with my son and we saw this series. I didn't have time to really look at it when we were there so I will have to take a closer look at it when we go back.

The Writer said...

It's great. There are so many series out there. And, in my opinion, "children's literature" has become an all-inclusive market, giving adults a book to read and enjoy with their kids. I know these books break the generation gap in my family.

Melissa (My World) said...

I have to agree. I just read A Door in the Woods and my son was so thrilled when I said he could read it too.

I wrote the review over at my blog. Thanks for pointing out the book to us.

David Wagner said...

I've read a buncha books this year as well, but only two series that I can think of... The Mistborn series (Sanderson) and the First Law series (Abercrombie). Good stuff, on both counts. Just started the Long Price Quartet (Abraham)....