Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Why are the Rivertons in Trimoria?

The Riverton family is on vacation exploring a cave in Arizona when all of a sudden the whole family hears the walls start shaking and then the roof collapses. When they open their eyes they are no longer in a dark cave, but they are in a whole new land. As they try to walk towards where they guess civilization will be they come to the realization that Ryan and Aaron seem to have changed. Aaron is only twelve, but is able to move large rocks around without any problem, and fourteen-year-old Ryan seems to be harnessing electricity. When they stumble upon Throll, a ranger and the Protector General of Trimoria, he believes their story of coming from a different land and takes them home. There the Rivertons learn about the land that they are now a part of, and in the days that follow they begin to live in a lifestyle very different from their one back home. Mr. Riverton has always been obsessed with blacksmiths and even created his own “smithy” back home. Now he is going to be the new town blacksmith, and he could not be happier. As the family settles into their new life it turns out that Ryan and Aaron aren’t the only one with special powers, and before long it becomes clear that the Rivertons aren’t in the lands of Trimoria by accident. The land seems so old fashioned, but is also filled with magical creatures. The evil wizard, Azazel, rules the land through fear and punishment, and now he has a reason to send his guards to Throll’s house. What is Azazel after? What exactly can the Rivertons do with their special powers? Will it be possible for Azazel to be defeated? Are the Rivertons up to the task and why have they ended up in Trimoria? Read this fantastic fantasy to find out!

I just finished reading Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman, and it's a wonderful fantasy adventure. I liked the Rivertons right away and thought their family dynamics seemed realistic. It would certainly be a lot easier being stranded in a strange land with your whole family! The pace of the story is excellent. The author created a magical new world with creatures that I could easily picture and a storyline that I thought about when I wasn’t reading. Whenever magic is involved- anything can happen! I loved learning about the characters’ special powers and watching them discover how to control these new gifts. It was great to see the way the Rivertons changed both together and independently in their new home. I liked the way they adjusted to living in a time period that seemed so old fashioned, but in a way they seemed less stressed and happier. I think that this book would be great for kids in grades 4-8. Anyone that likes a fantasy story will fall into the pages of this wonderful book and go on an adventure that will stay with them after they turn the last page. I look forward to reading the next book in the series, Tools of the Prophecy because I can’t wait to see what happens next!

Has anyone else read Heirs of Prophecy by Michael A. Rothman? Or have you read another book by this author? We would love to hear your thoughts.

Happy Reading!

 ~L

40 comments:

  1. Sounds like a great story and a perfect fit for my classroom! Thanks for the tip - this one's new to me :)

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    1. Jemi- I bet your students will love this! :) ~L

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  2. I can see where this would appeal to young boys, especially those who are reluctant readers. It borrows a bit too much from other stories for my taste, but it seems perfect for its intended audience (and I'm way too old and grumpy for that demographic! lol). Good luck to both author and readers. :-)

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    1. Lexa- Definitely appealing to boys and girls. The author definitely included details that made the story unique. Fans of fantasy will be very happy. :) Thanks for stopping by! ~L

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    1. Erik- I bet you will really get into this book! :) ~L

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  4. Love a good middle grade fantasy! This one sounds great.

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    1. Lee- It is an awesome MG fantasy! :) ~L

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  5. This reminds me of another book, but I can't think of the title right now.

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    1. Kelly- Thanks for stopping by! :) ~L

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  6. I haven't read him. Sounds like he spins out wonderful stories.

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    1. M. Pax- He does spin a wonderful story here and I can't wait to read the next one! :) ~L

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  7. I haven't read or heard of the book before, but it looks great.

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    1. Cherie- Glad to introduce you to a new book. It is a lot of fun! :) ~L

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  8. I haven't read this or anything else by this author, but plan to put this on my list. I am continually amazed at the new, creative magical fantasies that come out. What incredible writers there are out there. Now, if only there was more time in the day to read them all :)

    Paul R. Hewlett

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    1. Paul- I think you will really enjoy this one. It is a great fantasy and very fast paced. I wish I had more time in the day to do all the reading I want to do too! :) ~L

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  9. Looks like a great read for young boys!

    Nas

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    1. Nas- Definitely a great read! :) ~L

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    1. Charlotte- It is! Thanks for stopping by! :) ~L

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  11. Haven't read this book, but it does sound good... I actually have a couple of nephews how would love this... will have to recommend it to them. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Tfwalsh- I hope your nephews enjoy it! :) ~L

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  12. I haven't read this, but it sure sounds interesting.

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  13. I've not read it, but it sounds really interesting. Thanks for your excellent review.

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    1. Barbara- So glad you enjoyed the review! It is an interesting book. :) ~L

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  14. Sounds like an interesting book. Thanks for sharing it with everyone.

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    1. Alex- It is a great read! :) ~L

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  15. I haven't even heard of it, but it seems really cool.

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    1. Libby- It is a cool book. Thanks for stopping by! :) ~L

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  16. Another great review. Whenever you review a book it always makes me want to read it and this one is no exception. Sounds like a great fantasy story that would appeal to middle grade students since they are so in to that genre.

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    1. Anna Maria- Thanks for your kind words. I am so glad my reviews make you want to read the books we share. This is a wonderful fantasy adventure! :) ~L

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  17. Sounds like a really sweet read! I can't imagine having something like that happen with my whole family, I'll admit :)

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    1. Meradeth- Having your whole family on the adventure would take away some of the stress and homesickness- that is for sure.:) It is a great read! ~L

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  18. Sounds like a fun fantasy adventure

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  19. I love love love books where the characters find themselves in another land!

    This sounds so good!

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    1. Patty- Then you will love this one! :) ~L

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  20. Have you guys ever imagined being transported to a different land in a different period? This book sounds like a dream written out for us.

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  21. Cute, cute storyline. Sounds like a must-read for me.

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