Saturday, August 16, 2008

Sam's Quest for the Crimson Crystal by Ben Furman--Book Review

An entertaining and exciting read awaits young adult readers in Sam's Quest for the Crimson Crystal by Ben Furman.

Samantha Mae Costas is not your typical heroine. Her small size and thick glasses have made her the butt of many jokes and her asthma attacks are embarrassing and difficult to control.

When Prince Buznor pleads with her to come to Innerworld, Sam discovers she's a legend. She must push aside self-doubt and fear to find the Crimson Crystal so she can save the Awokian people from elimination.

Sam's Quest for the Crimson Crystal is a fun read. Young people will easily relate to Sam's feelings of self-doubt and how she deals with her asthma separating her from her friends when she can no longer participate in soccer. And this is part of what makes Sam's role in Innerworld so delightful. She is thrust into a battle that tests her limits and is forced to reconsider everything she believes about herself.

In addition to Prince Buznor (Buzz), Sam meets a host of interesting characters along the way: Captain Gorn, who has trained all the soldiers and who is a good friend of Buzz and his family; Kryton, the leader of the dragonflies who can communicate with Sam; and Raptor, a bird who also has reptilian features, along with an eclectic group of others. Many friendships are forged along the journey, and Patch, Sam's trusted and faithful canine companion has such a strong personality that you would swear he was human.

With Sam's Quest, Furman has created a fun new world for fantasy lovers to explore. And at a retail price of $8.95 the book is a steal.

A terrific, satisfying, and entertaining story that will leave you begging for more. I eagerly anticipate the release of the next book in the Sam's Quest trilogy.

Title: Sam's Quest for the Crimson Crystal
Author: Ben Furman
Publisher: Black Hawk Press, Inc.
ISBN-10: 0-97787-318-8
ISBN-13: 978-097787-318-0
U.S. Price: $8.95

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