Item description for The Book of Names: A Novel (Legends of Karac Tor) by D. Barkley Briggs...
Overview Hayden and Ewan Barlow, after being transported to the Hidden Lands through a strange portal that they have found in their new home, find themselves designated the Champions of Karac Tor and assigned the task of defeating a witch who is stealing the names of the young.
Teen brothers Hadyn and Ewan Barlow are forced to adjust to a depressing new life when tragedy strikes their home. Then a secret Viking runestone opens the door to a world in peril, and they discover a crisis larger than their own pain.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.3" Width: 5.63" Height: 1.05" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2008
Publisher NAV PRESS #111
ISBN 160006227X ISBN13 9781600062278
Availability 0 units.
More About D. Barkley Briggs
Dean Barkley Briggs is an author, father of eight, and prone to twisting his ankle playing basketball. He grew up reading J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lews, Patricia McKillip, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen R. Donaldson, Ursila K. Leguin, Susan Cooper, Madeline L Engle, Terry Brooks, Andre Norton and Lloyd Alexander (just to name a few)...and generally thinks most fantasy fiction pales in comparison. (Yes, he dabbled in sci-fi, too. Most notably Bradbury, Burroughs and Heinlein).
After losing his wife of 16 years, Briggs decided to tell a tale his four sons could relate to in their own journey through loss. Thus was born The Legends of Karac Tor, a sweeping adventure of four brothers who become enmeshed in the crisis of another world. Along the way they must find their courage, battle against overwhelming odds, face their pain, and never quit searching for home.
In God s timing, beauty and joy arose from the ashes of loss. Briggs remarried a lovely redhead named Jeanie, who previously lost her husband in an auto accident. Together with her four children, their hands are quite full.
D. Barkley Briggs may be found on the web at www.HiddenLands.net"
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Reviews - What do customers think about The Book of Names: A Novel (Legends of Karac Tor)?
Good Book Nov 1, 2008
This is an awesome book! The Book of Names is thrilling and full of adventure. I can't wait for volume 2!!! The Book of Names is definitely one of my all-time favorites. :)
A great read for 'Journey' lovers! Oct 23, 2008
finished it in a matter of hours! i love stories about the journey of identity and this one didn't disappoint. very excited about the next book!
Great Fantasy Sep 22, 2008
When their mother dies, the Barlow family moves to a new home in rural Missouri, and Hayden hates it. Now he has the chore of clearing the briar patch back of the house with a hatchet and shears. His brother Ewan helps him, and they both really resent the job until four blackbirds fly over and drop four thin, metallic tubes, each bearing the same message, "You have been chosen for a life of great purpose. Great adventure awaits you in the Hidden Lands." After finding an ancient stone marked with a series of crude, oddly angled slashes and dots, Hayden and Ewan find themselves transported to a strange world of magic and mythology. D. Brkley Briggs is a new writer for me, and I'm anxious to read more. Lovers of fantasy won't want to miss this one.
So, so good--can't wait for the next in the series. Sep 17, 2008
The Book of Names is the debut novel by D. Barkley Briggs. It is the first in a trilogy set in the Hidden Lands. The protagonists are brothers Hadyn and Ewan Barlow. They, with their father and twin younger brothers, have moved to Missouri after the death of their mother. Though their grief over the loss of their mother is key to the story, the plot is much more complex and satisfying.
While Hadyn is completing a chore for his father, he and his brother find a stone arch. An invitation to adventure is delivered by four strange birds, and they soon find themselves in the Hidden Lands. They meet up with the Grey Monks and are sent to the capitol where they may find answers to why they were called. Their journey is filled with trials and betrayal, but the boys also discover magic within them. They are caught up in the battle against an evil witch who is stealing the names-and hope, from the young people of the Hidden Lands.
Briggs has a very light touch with the morals. Sorge, the grey monk who guides them on their journey is a wellspring of riddles and sayings, but he let the riddles speak for themselves. The Book of Names is published by NavPress as Christian Fiction, but it would be a pity for anyone to miss this terrific story because of the Christian label. The story is a tale of the struggle between good and evil. God, church and prayer are mentioned, but author Barkley Briggs does not let them overwhelm the story. There is no preaching here.
I very much enjoyed this book. I will be watching eagerly for the next book to be released.
Armchair Interviews says: An excellent first book in a trilogy set in the Hidden Lands.
Get Ready for an Adventure! Aug 22, 2008
D. Barkley Briggs has penned a rousing fantasy packed full of Norse and Celtic mythology with a hearty dose of Arthurian legend. With a wide range of emotions, he moved me from the sadness of loss to the giddiness of comic relief, all the way to the excitement of heart-pounding tension. Strap on your armor, pull out your sword, and get ready for an adventure.