I received this book for free from in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Goldenwealth Light by Scott McCloskey
Series: The Traveler of Ord #1
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
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Rather than being a hero with the fate of an entire world on his shoulders, Theodore Ellsworth spends his miserable days suffering merciless humiliation at the hands of prep-school bullies. It just so happens that an ancient prophecy, a shimmering city, and a herd of six-legged horses are about to change all that.
When a mysterious book transports Theo and his overachieving little sister Marie to a world full of wonders that defy anything he’s ever read about before, Theo finds himself accused of a crime he didn’t commit that carries the ultimate penalty. A reluctant princess, a winged gnome, and a hot-tempered young sorceress are there to help, but will they be enough to prove to an arrogant knight and thousands of fanatical citizens that the Ellsworth children aren’t an evil that must be destroyed?
Told in the tradition of classics like The Chronicles of Narnia and The Neverending Story, The Goldenwealth Light is the first book in a fun-filled romp through the unique realm of the Traveler of Ord, blending high adventure and deadly intrigue in a fanciful tapestry that will keep readers from ages ten to adult turning pages for hours.
Theo is a boy who doesn’t fit in at school and is neglected by his newly rich parents. He discovers a special book in the library and he is transported along with his sister into another world where he soon discovers that he is chosen by the god of that world to restore balance between good and evil. Accompanied by several young individuals who are “contraries” (those who talents often backfire on them), he journeys towards a city that everyone has lost contact with to find out what happened to it.
I really enjoyed the book and was drawn into it’s fantasy realm easily. I don’t want to spoil anything, but suffice to say there are a number of unique peoples, creatures, spirits, and trees in the book which really help to flesh out the world. The plot was a little slow in the beginning as it worked to setup our main character, but the payoff happened once he was transported to his new world. I found all of the characters were well developed, although perhaps a few are hiding their intentions and true loyalties…it is one of those things where you wonder sometimes if the portrayed bad guys are really bad and if all the good guys are truly good. The world has magic, spirits, and some unique properties but none of them are so heavy handed to derail the story. The book is a good journey and sets everything up for the next book to continue the journey. I can’t say I really cared for all the characters, but I did care a lot about Theo, his sister, and a few others. A few of his companions really had no character development, but the journey has just begun and there are more books in the future to address that.
I would easily recommend this to anyone and have added this to my list of favorites. I can’t wait for the next book.