Friday, February 17, 2012

Crater Lake book review and blog tour

Welcome to this stop on the Crater Lake Blog tour from Cedar Fort Books-  . Crater Lake: The Battle for Wizard Island is a tween fantasy novel written by Steve Westover. I’m excited to share my review with my readers.

The Story- Strange things are afoot at Crater Lake National Park, and siblings Ethan and Jordan are smack dab in the middle of them. On a day hike with their parents and park ranger/uncle Bart, they are shocked to death when their parents and uncle sink into the earth along with their new friend Allie’s parents. Now alone, they head back to the rangers station, only to run into Boy Scout’s Brady and Jacob, whose troop disappeared into the earth too.

While trying to figure out what to do, the children are confronted by a Native American boy named Che-tan, who claims to know what happened and how to rescue everyone’s friends and families. He tells a strange story about magic and rival gods, Chief Llao and Chief Skell.

With no other options, the children begin a quest into the underground where Chief Llao is imprisoned. But, first they most discover hidden relics that will allow them to unlock the Chief’s prison and free their family and friends. On their adventure they are confronted by zombies, shape shifting humans, and carnivorous plants.

My Thoughts- It took me a few chapters to get into this book. I found it a little confusing how the author skipped around from different people’s POV’s and stories. I couldn’t figure out who the main character was. Turns out, there is no main character. It’s all five children together. Once I got that under my belt I was able to go with the flow.

The story is interesting with all the things about quests I like. Things like near death, a hunt for sacred objects, magic powers, and zombies. The author does a good job keeping things in the air. You can’t really tell if Che-tan is a good guy, plus he seems like a big coward, always running when things are tough. Then there is Chief Llao- is he really the bad guy like Che-tan says? There is some question when the kids confront him- plus we never meet Chief Skell, so we can’t make our own opinions. I’m really intrigued at what will be in book 2.

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