Even though thirteen-year-old Marcus Kanenas is confined to a wheelchair, he sees himself as a survivor and a dreamer. In fact, his favorite dream is of a world far away, a world where magic is as common as air, where animals tell jokes, and where trees beg people to pick their fruit. He even has a name for this place—Farworld.
When Marcus magically travels to Farworld, he meets Kyja, a girl without magic in a world where spells, charms, and potions are everywhere, and Master Therapass, a master wizard who has kept a secret hidden for thirteen years, a secret that could change the fate of two worlds.
But the Dark Circle has learned of Master Therapass’s secret and their evil influence and power are growing. Farworld’s only hope is for Marcus and Kyja to find the mythical Elementals—water, land, air, and fire—and convince them to open a drift between the worlds.
As Kyja and Marcus travel to Water Keep, they must face the worst the evil Dark Circle can throw at them—Summoners, who can command the living and the dead; Unmakers, invisible creatures that can destroy both body and soul; and dark mages known as Thrathkin S’Bae.
Along the way, Marcus and Kyja will discover the truth about their own heritage, the strength of their friendship, and the depths of their unique powers.
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I enjoyed this book. I liked the characters, especially Marcus, Kyja, and Master Therapass. I liked how they each had a "disability," yet with their creativity and ingenuity they were able to work together and overcome those shortcomings. I liked that they were both strong characters and didn't give up. Master Therapass reminded me a lot of Gandalf from "Lord of the Rings." I thought it was well written and had some fun surprises. It was clean, except for some minor violence, so I recommend it for 4th grade and up. You may read my full review on my book blog:www.the-readathon.blogspot.com.
I highly recommend this story!
This book has it all...fantasy, suspense, humor, friendship, adventure, and over-coming the bully!
Twists and turns are written so well you are caught up in the story and find yourself reading page after page much longer than you originally planned because...you must find out what happens next!
This book is definitely one of my favorite fantasy books :)
This series is exciting, intriguing, and full of good values! I especially like the reader's questions at the end. I can't wait for the series to be complete!
This is one terrific book. I am looking forward to the second in the series, and my two girls both are lined up to read my copy, after my husband reads it. The author knows exactly how to draw you into the plot and the alternate world. A must read for all!!
I love the idea behind it, and its just great.
I'm currently reading Farworld: Water Keep to my 7th grade classes---all 100 students---and every day kids come to class asking, "Are you going to read Farworld to us today?" On the days I say "Yes" a great cheer goes through the room. On the days I say "No" they try to convince me that we really need to read the book and forget whatever else we were supposed to be doing. Rarely have I seen a book captivate so many kids all at the same time. Bravo to J. Scott Savage for bringing this story to life.
“Take courage—the magic is already inside you.” This theme is reiterated throughout J. Scott Savage’s first book in his new YA Fantasy series, Far World. A book that I found enjoyable, adventurous, and captivating. The characters are unique and skillfully drawn. Meet thirteen year old Marcus—a nobody, an outcast, living on earth where he is passed from one foster home to another. A boy with magical powers.
Meet Kyja, a thirteen-year-old girl who lives in Far World, a magical place where horses tell jokes and the sun rises to dawn chimes. But Kyja is a girl who can do no magic, and isn’t affected by magic, or so she thinks.
Meet Master Therapass, a powerful wizard who has kept a dangerous secret for thirteen years. When the Dark Circle discovers the secret, the two worlds of Marcus and Kyja collide. Together they must outsmart the Dark Circle and travel to Water Keep—the first elemental that can help them defeat the Dark Circle.
Far World is full of suspense, humor, and surprising twists that will keep readers of any age guessing. After I read Far World, I went back to the store and bought three more copies for gifts.