In a land torn by war, the king is missing and his people are trapped in a deadly wood searching for escape. Can the boy they call Rescue lead them to safety? Will the king be found? The people of Abascar seek a city of refuge where they will be safe from all who pursue them.
To be very honest with you, I had a hard time getting into this book. But it's no fault of the book or author. The problem is with me. You see. . . I had managed to pick up the fourth book in a four book series, having never read any of the other three. Brilliant. That said, while I was a bit confused and disoriented, I enjoyed the book anyway! I cannot wait to read the first three in the series and return to read this again, having built the appropriate knowledge of the history of the series.
Overstreet's pacing is quite nice and his characters jump off the pages. The scenes immediately pop into your head with full color as you read them and there is not a detail dropped. The story is engaging (even if you're popping into the series late) and it's easy to care about the fate of Abascar. I love fantasy novels, but I'm pretty particular about them. There is much mediocre fantasy out there and sometimes it's hard to tell at a glance which the good ones are. I'm therefore happy to help you out and tell you that this series is a keeper. If you are looking for a new fantasy summer read to take on vacation, I highly recommend this one. Although, I'd suggest reading the first three first. It'll make more sense that way.