Warren M. Mueller has written a great fantasy in The Past and Future King which takes readers on an adventure of good versus evil where mythical characters of the sort readers have found in the worlds of Tolkien and Lewis struggle for world dominion. Readers will follow the adventures of Tom, the main character, as he journeys to discover his identity and purpose. He loves to read and becomes a friend of Willet, the scribe, who shares his trunk full of books of history and legends, and warns Tom that reading them will "expand and transform" his mind because the "words within them will come alive..." Tom shares with Willet about a recurring dream and Willet tells him that the dream should not be ignored. Through this adventure readers see how dreams bridge the worlds of fantasy and reality.
All along, Tom (who is from the second age of earth) is believed to be a "Son of Light" known in the first age of earth as "Egric." This story contains many mysteries and sub-plots that create tension and captivate the reader's interest such as: Just who are these "Sons of Light" that will herald a new earth order and what is the strange guiding force that glows within the seeing stone that was given to Tom? Where did the dwarves come from and how can a troll named Min become a Son of Light? Will Tom have enough faith in himself and his new-found friends to handle the responsibility of fighting off evil?
Author Warren Mueller takes us into these unknown realms and readers are able to vividly "see" all that is happening. I believe the strength of this book is the wonderfully written descriptions which allow the reader to "experience" the adventures and the "tension" that the story brings with it.
Which age of earth will Tom end up in and will good overcome evil? Will he ever see his parents again? Will the knowledge and power he gains from his new friends and the books available to him at Hadrian's Keep be enough to change the world? The Past and Future King takes you into a fantasy land and readers will be anxious for the sequels to see where Tom's journey takes him and how evil will stand in the way of finding his purpose in life. Keep writing, Mr. Mueller, because readers are going to want more!
This book is a well-written, fast paced fantastical saga that entwines religion with fantasy. This is a new approach and Mr. Mueller's story telling ability allows the story to flow successfully. Tom is a young boy and hero of the book, left with the task of saving Earth and its inhabitants from destruction.
Tom loves to read fantasy books but his parents encourage him to return the books to Willet, an old scribe. Thus Tom's exciting journey begins as his dreams mesh with his reality. This book takes the reader on a journey with Tom as he negatively interacts with the very people looking to destroy Earth. These people are in search of world domination and it's up to Tom and his newfound friends--Willet, Wini, Win, Cearl and Penda--to prevent that from happening.
Each scene in the story is as vivid as the next. I can see the stones that aid Tom on his journey as readily as I can visualize those attacking or chasing him, and those walking aside him on his journey. I can feel the anxiety, fear and sadness portrayed in each character throughout this amazing journey. The transformation of the sadness Tom feels missing his parents being replaced by the comfort he finds in his new friends is evident as well. The characters mesh together making the story a good one and an easy read. I recommended this story for readers looking to get lost in a fantasy world filled with elves, dwarves, and werewolves.
You could see this book depicted in a Starwar's episode. The first line of the book says, "It was the second age of the earth, a time of peace and prosperity."
There is a wiseman named Willet, that everyone thought was strange, but they still valued his opinion and he manages to be the backbone of this fiction writing.
It is interesting to see the direction that this story takes from the wiseman to the mystical, but when you read Mr. Warren's background you can see where some of this originated.
This is not a book you can pick up and sit down easily, you do want to know what is going to happen next. Is Tom going to live or die and which world would he end up living in and would he ever see his Father again.
You will not be disappointed with this book!
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