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Monday, December 13, 2010

World’s End by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski



World’s End by Jake Halpern and Peter Kujawinski
(The Second Book of Dormia)
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin
Genre: Action/Adventure, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Heat Level: Sweet
Length: Full Length (496 pgs)
Rating: 5 books
Reviewed by Aloe

Ever since returning from Dormia, Alfonso has enjoyed sleeping in a bed like a normal person. No more waking up at the top of a tree or the edge of a cliff. In fact, no sleepwalking at all. But then, while visiting France on a class trip, Alfonso feels that strange and familiar pull of sleep. Upon waking, he finds himself in the belly of a ship headed to Egypt. In his backpack are a few old books and a vial of medicine he stole while asleep. Something is calling Alfonso back to Dormia. Perhaps it’s the Founding Tree? Or perhaps it's the man he sees in his dreams—the one who looks just like his deceased father? Whatever it is, Alfonso is powerless to resist.

Fifteen-year-old Alphonso has this problem with deep sleep and sleep walking. Lots of people have it, but how many of them are able to swim when they are asleep? And where is his sleepwalking taking him?

This adventure is fantastic. The authors have written a story of great breadth and depth that can satisfy an adult and will cement a child’s interest in this hidden world and the characters they read about. I missed the first book in this series, but I won’t miss the next. This is a quest of ancient times and the stakes are high.

Alphonso simply wants to find his father. The people he meets in the Kingdom of Dormia want to use him to further their own goals. And the enemy is a 600 hundred year old Dormian that has his own agenda – which conflicts with the rest of Dormians. There are also Dragoonya horsemen, who are nobody’s friend. The land is unforgiving; there are strange animals, outlaws and even snow snakes. Even though Alphonso is travelling with friends, there is still danger all about.

The story is fast paced, the characters varied, and each person in the story has a different motivation for their actions. Some needs merge, some conflict. You just keep turning the pages to see who will reach their goal first and what will happen to the hidden kingdom as a result.

This book takes you up to the edge of a cliff and then stops; the next book in the series will continue the story. There are so many characters to care about in the story, I know I’ll be reading the next book to see what further complications the authors create. It’s a complex tale, but there is no problem following along and I really enjoyed it. Anyone with an interest in fantasy and adventure will enjoy this tale.

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