Friday, May 27, 2011

Prince Etcheon and the Secret of the Ancient- Joann Arnold


Two year old Etcheon was safely whisked away as a child by Granna Fela to another world, protecting him from the evil ones who wanted to kill him. Granna Fela passes on and Etcheon is brought into the life that was meant for him.. Prince Etcheon the younger.
His training begins with a wizard’s daughter named Taraini. Etcheon is taught by 2 Danes with whom he can communicate. They teach him to distinguish scents and to use scent to his advantage. A panther then teaches him speed and agility and how to discern the element of surprise. An owl helps Etcheon to develop his mind. A 2 headed lamb teaches him to see discern different sides of a discussion. These, along with an eagle, and annoying bird, and the Ancient one all train Etcheon for his travel to another time and place. Always beside him his faithful horse Walkelin.
His basic mission is to find the hidden kingdom of Etcheon and rescue the King and Queen, his mother and father whom he hasn’t seen since he was 2 years old. Along the way he has the comfort of his friends, the wisdom of the Ancient, and his determination to reach his goal despite the countless attempts of the enemy.
We are transported to very descriptive and beautiful places throughout the story. Characters are well developed and related to as they share in Prince Etcheon’s journey. Reading this novel was like watching a movie in your mind, with the beauty and uniqueness of the characters and places. Interesting names and places kept the action moving and growing until the very end. This was not a ‘skim it’ type of novel, drawing the reader in from the beginning and making you not want to miss a word of it.
I had a hard time getting through this book.. every time I went to read it, my 15 year old was reading it!! He is an avid reader of this type of genre and he said the book was Fantastic!
Fantasy is not my typical genre, but after Prince Etcheon and the Secret of the Ancient, I may be looking into more of them, definitely more of Joann Arnold’s future books.
I was given a copy of this book by the author, which has in no way affected my opinion of the book.

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