Adventurers Wanted, Book Two

Four Stars

Title: Adventurers Wanted, Book Two: The Horn of Moran

Author: M.L. Forman

Publisher: Shadow Mountain

Length: 384 Pages

Synopsis:

The land of Alusia is on the brink of war as two men have each claimed the throne. Only the true king can sound the Horn of Moran and prove his nobility. But the Horn has been lost for years. If it is not found and soon it could mean the destruction of an entire nation. Young Alexander Taylor joins a band of seasoned adventurers who have been called up to retrieve the legendary Horn of Moran. Their journey to the mysterious Tower of the Moon will take them through an enchanted forest, into battle against a goblin army, past the watchful eyes of griffin guards, and face-to-face with a sphinx and her deadly riddles. With his sword, Moon Slayer, and the wise counsel from his wizard mentor, Whalen Vankin, Alex must use all his wizard and warrior skills to slay a darkness that may consume them all.

Overall Review:

I found Adventurers Wanted Book Two was as equally enjoyable as the first one. I found this second installment in the Adventurers Wanted series to be a little more creative than the first one. It is a decent stand-alone book- but it also plays nicely in with the first one and the environment the author created. He does a great job of bringing some of the same characters back, as well as introducing some new ones, as well. The new characters add a lot of interest and mystery to the story and are great additions. Alex continues to grow and become more knowledgeable as the series continues, which I really appreciated. I love it when the main character improves over time- it’s only natural!

I feel like this book does a good job at creating questions and further setting up the rest of the series. It also does a good job of better fleshing out the culture of the series- honor, doing the right thing, and the fun magical elements that are throughout the story. The plot formula is very similar to the first book- and it was very easy and fun to read.

Highlights:

  • Great foreshadowing
  • Easy to read
  • Fun and exciting action
  • Clean and non-violent
  • Great character development for ALL characters
  • Narration was spot on
  • World building aspects were amazing- well described and easy to imagine

Lowlights:

  • Unequal weighting of time- some paragraphs cover months and others a few hours/days
  • Still a lot of “telling” and not as much “showing” as I would have liked.
  • Still had a few issues with conflict- everything seemed way too easy

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