Published by Createspace Independent Pub on October 19th, 2011
Number of Pages: 166
Genres: Coming of Age, Fantasy, Young Adult
Purchase: At Amazon
If you owned a pen that wrote the future, would you use it? What if the consequences spread like ripples in a pond? What if they raged out of control? What if the pen demanded tribute...in blood? Micah Randall has found such a pen. One that's ensnared him in a curse dating back generations. One that's devastated two families and now threatens his whole New England village. But how can Micah destroy the pen when it offers him his only chance at the future he dreams of?
This book wasn’t quite what I was expecting. And that’s a good thing. It has shipwrecks, and curses and magic. History and fantasy. Outcasts, bullies, villains and a thirteen-year-old boy who is just starting to come into his own.
The father reminds me a bit of the father in Mary Poppins, only colder. The villain was completely unexpected, at least to me. I liked Micah, and Gabby, but for some reason the character I liked the best was Mrs. Parson. She was the perfect crotchety old lady who didn’t like children, and then as the story went on, she… wasn’t anymore. You started getting a feel for how she must have been as a young girl, her personality then. Micah went from a boy who crumbled the moment his father told him to do something, to a young man with an actual spine.
There are little tidbits of sailor trivia scattered throughout the book, not a lot, not enough to make it tedious or boring. It helps set the scene, as do the ‘old sailor yarns’ that can also be found in the book. I really enjoyed reading this, and would recommend it not just to children but to all ages.