Title: Stone of Tymora Volume 1: The Stowaway
Author: R.A & Geno Salvatore
May Contain Spoilers
From the author of more than a dozen New York Times best sellers and his son, comes the first installment of a brand-new fantasy trilogy written just for young readers…
Barely a teen and already guarding a secret that could jeopardize his young life, Maimun is marked for death. With the help of a mysterious stranger, the boy escapes his village and flees out to sea, stowing away on the pirate hunting ship, Sea Sprite, where he comes across a most unlikely ally: the dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden. With a half-demon determined to destroy him, and a crew of sailors resentful of the trouble he’s caused, Maimun must find the courage to prove his worth, both to his friends and to himself.
Nearly two decades ago, R.A. Salvatore introduced the world to Drizzt D’Urden in a series that has since become a fantasy classic and a consistent presence on best seller lists. Now, for the first time, Salvatore partners with his son Geno to craft a brand-new story just for young readers, featuring a cameo of the most beloved fantasy character of all time.
For young readers seeking the next great fantasy saga or for long-time fans who can’t miss any installment in the Drizzt saga, this book delivers all the action, intrigue, and magic you’ve come to expect from the Salvatore name.
I have to admit that when I first saw this book, I wasn’t so enthused about diving right into it. I have read books by R. A. Salvatore, and they haven’t been favorites of mine. I finally picked up The Stowaway, the first book in the Stone of Tymora series, and I was pleasantly surprised. This MG read is fast paced, exciting, and fun. Now I am eager to read more in the series!
Maimun has had a troubled young life. Orphaned as an infant, he finds himself on the run after the death of his guardian, desperately fleeing from a demon who is determined to catch him. He must trust his life with a stranger, a stern man who expects him to always strive to do his best. Much of the book is spent on the high seas, so in addition to Maimun running away from the demon, he is also trying to dodge pirates and a very unpleasant troll. The tension is kept high through the entire book, as the twelve-year-old struggles to stay alive. Most of his difficulties are caused by the mysterious jewel he was given by his guardian – it seems like everyone wants to get their hands on it, especially the demon!
Maimun is very resourceful, and extremely lucky as well. He has faced more life or death situations than most adults ever will, and he’s managed to survive each time his life was threatened. There are some very scary creatures out to get him, and though he is terrified of them, he finds the courage to stand up and face his would-be assailants. As he moves from one death defying experience after another, he becomes more and more determined to learn who he is, who his parents were, and why Asbeel is so intent on capturing him and his black jewel.
This book will appeal to MG boys with its rapid pacing and nonstop excitement. I am looking forward to reading the next volume, and learning more about Maimun’s mysterious past.
Review copy provided by publisher