Farworld by Jay Scott Savage
Reviewed by K. Cushing
Amazon Rating: 4.3/5
Content Warnings: None
Even though thirteen-year-old Marcus Kanenas is confined to a wheelchair, he sees himself as a survivor and a dreamer. In fact, his favorite dream is of a world far away a world where magic is as common as air, where animals tell jokes, and where trees beg people to pick their fruit. He even has a name for this place- Farworld.
When Marcus magically travels to Farworld, he meets Kyja, a girl without magic in a world where spells, charms, and potions are everywhere, and Master Therapass, a master wizard who has kept a secret hidden for thirteen years, a secret that could change the fate of two worlds.
But the Dark Circle has learned of Master Therapass’s secret and their evil influence and power are growing. Farworld’s only hope is for Marcus and Kyja to find the mythical Elementals- water, land, air, and fire- and convince them to open a drift between the worlds. As Kyja and Marcus travel to Water Keep, they must face the worst the evil Dark Circle can throw at them- Summoners, who can command the living and the dead; Unmakers, invisible creatures that can destroy both body and soul; and dark mages known as Trathkin S’Bae.
Along the way, Marcus and Kyja will discover the truth about their own heritage, the strength of their friendship, and the depths of their unique powers.
The first book in J. Scott Savage’s middle-grade fantasy series started a little slow, but you could expect that from the first book in a series. Once you hit the adventure though, it doesn’t stop. There are humor and jokes scattered throughout and an interesting plot line threading through the series. I also love the messages and themes: that everyone has their own magic, you should always help others when possible, and everyone is important. I think these messages are something the target age group needs to hear (and adults could use them every once in awhile too). Teenagers may find the series too kiddish or a little dull, but this is a book I’d recommend to any elementary to junior high student who loves fantasy.