I read a lot and my son reads a lot. I don’t however, really read any young adult books, nor do I read anything in the fantasy genre. I’ve never read any of the Harry Potter books. Think what you want, they just don’t interest me that much. My 11 year old though, reads mostly fantasy centered books. He’s read all the Harry Potter books, the Lord of the Rings trilogy, all the Percy Jackson books, and you get it. We both love to read, but we read completely different things.
When I got asked to review a middle grade novel that follow teens on an epic, mythological adventure, of course I said yes, after I had my son read the synopsis. He was interested, so I figured I could read something that he likes.
Evil Speaks is the first book in the Warriors and Watchers Saga.
“Benny, fifteen, is solitary by circumstance more than choice: he counts each move to a new town as “a life.” He’s on Life Number Seven. His last! He plans to run away from his paranoid mother, who’s been on the run since the disappearance of his father when he was three. Benny has no memory of it, except for weird dreams of a firestorm and a hideous dragon. After a fight with his mother, Benny packs his bags. Boom! The house explodes, catapulting Benny into a world he never imagined existed. The trail leads him to a gated Neoclassical building in the woods and to six teens he vaguely remembers: Kami is deaf, Amir is blind, Zuma is overweight, Layla is gorgeous but lazy, Chaz is in a wheelchair and Raj is as angry as the purple dagger-shaped birthmark running down the side of her face. These unlikely heroes share a common thread: Benny lost his father and they lost their mothers on the same day. The only clue to the mystery is Benny’s grandfather, Domenico H. Adez, a strange and dangerous man.”
I didn’t really think I was going to like this book, but I kinda did. The kids all had a disability or something they were self conscious about. They came together despite all their differences for the good of basically the world. I don’t remember a whole lot from the mythology section in my freshman Language Arts class, but you don’t need it for this. It explained a lot of things. If this was an adult book, it could have been straight up creepy, gory, and scary, but it wasn’t. I would recommend this if you have a kid that likes books like this.
It was like pulling teeth to get my son to write his review for me. Apparently the kid has never written a book report. He’s in sixth grade. How is that possible? He said he liked it, he just didn’t know what to say about it. This is all I got. “I usually like to read fantasy books and this was good. I thought the mythology part of it was interesting because I’ve read other books that are similar. I will read the rest of the series.” Seriously. Pulling teeth.
We both liked it though. You can check out this site for more information on the books and when the next one comes out.
Disclosure: I was provided a book in exchange for a review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.