Thursday, April 21, 2011

The Horn of Moran

By M.L. Forman

The land of Alusia is on the brink of war as two men have each claimed the throne. Only the true king can sound the Horn of Moran and prove his nobility. But the Horn has been lost for years. If it not found-and soon- it could mean the destruction of an entire nation.
It wasn’t that long ago that young Alexander Taylor embarked on his first adventure, where he discovered the fearsome dragon, Slathbog. Now he joins a band of seasoned adventurers who have been called up to retrieve the legendary Horn of Moran.
Their journey to the mysterious Tower of the Moon will take them through an enchanted forest, into battle against a goblin army, past the watchful eyes of griffin guards, and face-to-face with a sphinx and her deadly riddles.
With his sword, Moon Slayer, and the wise counsel of his wizard mentor, Whalen Vankin, Alex must use all his wizard and warrior skills to fight a darkness that may consume them all.

FINALLY! This is the sequel to Slathbog's Gold, a book that has gone very much under the radar, but a book that I loved. I was so excited to read this sequel, and it was just as fun as the first. So, if you'll just ingnore the lacking cover art, I promise it's really good! (This cover is the only art by Brandon Doorman that I haven't liked, so I'll cut him some slack). Alex is just coming into his powers and learning how to control both his temper and his magic. We see old faces return, and are introduced to a few new ones; and they are just as loved as the others. Forman has a simplistic way of writing that is endearing and has echoes of arthurian mannerisms and values honor. I think this series is worth the read, contrary to many critics. Please please give it a go!

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