Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Book Review : Thyme in a Flask by Glen Quarry
Book Details:

Jon Chandler is a seventeen-year-old youngster presented with a difficult quest-to find a magical flask, destroy it, and then somehow find his way back home. As Jon reluctantly accepts his responsibility, he is accompanied by the haughty yet beautiful Dorthea, who constantly challenges him. At least his best friend, Samuel, a gentle giant-all eight feet in stature and 480 pounds of him-doesn't get under his skin like Dorthea does. But there's a fine line between love and hate, and Jon and Dorthea hover on it constantly! Samuel is left behind as the quest leads Jon and Dorthea into a parallel world, where few living people have ever gone before. How can they locate a flask that has been missing for sixteen years? Along the way, they encounter demons and wizards who will test their strength and ability, and they find they must solve several riddles before they can return home. What they learn about themselves and about life is far more priceless than the magical flask.

I just finished this book a few days ago and personally thought it was good. Thyme in a Flask is an engaging novel about the seventeen-year-old, Jon who embarks on a journey to search for a magical flask and destroy it. The novel is set in a world filled with all sorts of fascinating creatures - wizards, apes, shape-shifters, druids and blood-walkers. At the beginning of the story, I find it rather hard to remember all the names of the places because they are so many of them and I'm the type of person who gets confused easily. But after reading it twice, I'm able to cope this problem.

The author's writing is easily understood, and there are not any rhetorical descriptions, which will make readers, especially the younger ones to understand and enjoy this story better. The plot is filled with twists and turns which helps the protagonist, Jon to learn more about everything in life. I like Samuel's character. He's a good friend of Jon, and is willing to help him in every way. He's a timid person, but when it has something to do with his best pal, Jon, he's willing to fight even the most dangerous and evil people. I think Dorthea has quite an interesting character too. She likes complaining about various things, like most girls. On the journey, she eventually develops a liking for Jon, especially after knowing the truth about Jon's lineage. How I hoped the author can write more about the romance between Dorthea and Jon!

However, there is something I don't really understand. Why Jon did not explain his connection with Danil before their last battle? Even the bad guys deserve the truth, alright. The ending of the story took me by surprise. I really liked the way the author planned and wrote this story. There are a few typos, but that doesn't affect the story overall.

In a nutshell, Thyme in a Flask is an interesting, fun-filled book which will surely attract young readers and fantasy lovers. This book is suitable for everyone, so get your own copy now!

Rating: 8.5/10

I'd like to thank Glen Quarry for sending me a hardcover copy of Thyme in a Flask for this review! Thanks, Glen!

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