Across the sea lies a newly discovered continent, a world whose forests and beasts are unknown to the recorded memory of elves, dwarves, or men.
In this land called Mira, the brutal sacking of a young colony links the fates of two opposite characters: a twelve-year-old printer's son named Simon Jones and his long-lost uncle Tiberius Bogg, one of Mira's legendary mountain men.
Simon is small, but smart; scared but determined. Bogg, with his raccoon-skin cap and smart-talking grammar abuse, is fast as a splintercat and stealthy as a hidebehind. Together, they turn the tables and pursue their attackers (a cruel knight and his soldiers from the old country) through a wilderness full of extraordinary creatures – jackelopes and thunderbirds, fur-bearing trout and four-legged hills – all culled from American tall tales, Indian legends, and backwoods folklore.
I overall enjoyed this novel. The plot, the characters, the creatures! They were unique, it's a book that gets your imagination going I think. A bit of mythological creatures plus a few new ones..
Bogg, I think is a likable gruffy character who has no idea how to deal with having his "unknown" nephew thrown upon him. Or with people in general. But he is a good man... and likable definitely. Humorous, sassy, intelligent... Just to name a few features.
Simon, like is said in the book description, he is small, smart, scared and determined. From Boggs POV, you can see him changing from a small, helpless, orphaned boy to a young, strong, quick-learning man (even though the time period of the books is maybe like a month if that).
I like how Simon gets Bogg into these funny/odd predicaments, that Bogg would not have usually gotten himself into. And as the story goes along you can kinda see Simon turning into a mini Bogg. Bogg himself I think can't even help but feel proud of the little boy!
This eBook really is a good read. I recommend it to anyone really... Whether you enjoy fantasy or not, it's a thoroughly good book. Fast paced, good descriptive, got some humour, action, adventure, a good all rounder book...Not a book to be taken to seriously but for a free book, it's a rare thing. (To find a good well written book for free.)
Its a Thumbs Up book for me!