Monday, June 01, 2009
Bone Warriors by Bron Bahlmann
Bone Warriors by Bron Bahlmann is the first book I read for the Summer Reading Thing. I know Shirley, Bron's mother and a great writer, and she asked if I'd give Bron's book a review here on my blog. I was happy to do it because 1) I like to encourage young writers, and 2) I was interested to see what Bron—who started this book at age 11 and finished it at age 14—could come up with.
I was very pleasantly surprised with the scope and complexity of this story.
Derrik and Tweaks—best friends since children—are out in the fields when their village is destroyed and their parents and neighbors are taken hostage by the necromancer. The two boys set out on a long journey to rescue their families. Along the way, they meet Ssaska (a reptile man), Clatterin (a set of reanimated bones), a group of giants, "scales" and "furries" (man-like reptiles and mammals), boar-men, old men that turn into stone, and a whole host of other intriguing creatures—born from the imagination of Bron Bahlmann.
The storyline follows the basic path of a traditional hero's journey, but with lots of fun twists and turns. Derrik and Tweaks grow and change, and become prepared to make the final battle when they stand against the necromancer and his army of bone warriors.
I thought the writing was pretty good, with just a few exceptions (too many adjectives; a couple of story holes, like how did they know Clatterin was female?). The plot and dialogue were good and tight. Overall, I really liked the book and read it in two days. (It only took me that long because I was interrupted in my reading to tend my grandsons).
If you like fantasy, I think you'll enjoy this book. I'm looking forward to seeing what this young man will come up with next.
You can read Bron's blog HERE.
You can purchase Bone Warriors HERE.