I enjoy fantasy novels--especially those with a hint of realism. The latest book from Amy Neftzger seemed to interest me from both my own love of words and my love of young adult fantasy novels. What was my review of The War of Words?
I received an Advance Review Copy of this book as part of my affiliation with iRead Book Tours for use in this review. All opinions are my own.
Quick Summary of The War of Words by Amy Neftzger. Sometimes there's no better way to understand reality than through fantasy, and the best way to find truth may be in a book - if you can find the right one.
Battles against darkness, a quest for truth, and a search for the book that no one can read are all part of the fantasy adventure in The War of Words. As an evil sorcerer wages war by using mysterious shadows and seeks to gain control by confusing the residents as to what's real and what isn't, the fate of the kingdom rests in the hands of Kelsey and Nicholas.
As the youngest officer in the king's army, Kelsey fights the evil sorcerer s shadows on the battlefield as she explores the kingdom searching for the key to winning the war. Nicholas, a young sorcerer in training who is mastering his craft, discovers how the right words can change the course of the future.
Explore an enchanted maze, uncover the power of words, and learn about friendship in this whimsical tale.
The War of Words is a creative fantasy for language lovers. The author incorporates a great deal of word play throughout the book in some very creative ways. Readers will enjoy the blend of fantasy elements and the plot--but, fans of the simple, written word will find the book even more entertaining.
The writing style and plot is geared toward a young adult reader. This book is written for the younger reader both in style and in plot development. Too many YA fantasy books offer themes appealing to the tween/younger teen set--yet contain material unsuitable for that age group. This book was not overloaded with graphic violence, language or descriptive, romantic scenes. I was perfectly comfortable letting my tween daughter read the book along with me.
The War of Words is part of a series. While this novel is certainly a stand alone work; I think I would have developed a much stronger connection to the characters had I followed their journeys through the other books in the series. I felt that I was missing "the rest of the story" at times. I would probably recommend reading the other books in the series along with this one for a deeper understanding of the characters and their interactions.
Would I recommend The War of Words? I would certainly recommend this book to fantasy loving, book addicts--both younger and older. I enjoyed the story line, the language usage, the author's writing style and the character interactions. I would; however, suggest reading the other books in the series for stronger character background and depth. Overall, I enjoyed the book and my "nearly-teen" daughter enjoyed it as well.
Meet the Author:
Amy Neftzger is the author of fiction books for both adults and children. She has also been published in business and academic journals, as well as literary publications.
A few of her favorite things include traveling, books, movies, art, the Oxford comma, and gargoyles.