The Goldenwealth Light (The Traveler of Ord, Book 1) by Scott McCloskey
Rather than being a hero with the fate of an entire world on his shoulders, Theodore Ellsworth spends his miserable days suffering merciless humiliation at the hands of prep-school bullies. It just so happens that an ancient prophecy, a shimmering city, and a herd of six-legged horses are about to change all that.
When a mysterious book transports Theo and his overachieving little sister Marie to a world full of wonders that defy anything he's ever read about before, Theo finds himself accused of a crime he didn't commit that carries the ultimate penalty. A reluctant princess, a winged gnome, and a hot-tempered young sorceress are there to help, but will they be enough to prove to an arrogant knight and thousands of fanatical citizens that the Ellsworth children aren't an evil that must be destroyed?
Told in the tradition of classics like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Neverending Story, The Goldenwealth Light is the first book in a fun-filled romp through the unique realm of the Traveler of Ord, weaving high adventure and deadly intrigue in a fanciful tapestry that will keep readers from ages ten to adult turning pages for hours.
This is a fantastic middle grade/YA fantasy/adventure story, but fun for adults, too. There are fantastic new creatures, magic, and a wonderful new world to explore. The pace is great and the characters are wonderfully drawn. I was engrossed in the book and I can't wait for the next. I recommend this for anyone who enjoys a good fantasy adventure.
My Rating: *****
My Source: Amazon freebie
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