WordsAPlenty received a copy of The Travelers and the Four Doors of Artew (Volume 1) by Dennis Garber in exchange for an honest review.
Will Cole just turned thirteen and was given the gift of a life-time – The Book of Worlds. Cole learns that not everything is as it appears; for example, he is more than a 13 year old Sioux who lives in Alaska with his father and grandmother. He is a traveler who is also part alien! His role in life just changed as well. He is now the fixer of things gone wrong in the Universe.
They had to wait until Will was born and reach his age of awakening. Each Traveler has certain skills, and only The Book of Worlds knows who and which Traveler to send where they are needed. No Traveler could come sooner because each had their specific abilities.
Cole discovers friends that are a menagerie of characters who walk beside him and help right the wrongs of the Shedu – evil aliens who stole water and wreaked havoc upon Kroy. Unable to return home to his father and grandmother, Cole must unite a world together to fight the evil Shedu righting the wrong and allow him passage back home.
Dennis Garber, author, creates a wonderful world for Cole to travel to first. The creatures/characters are described in solid details. The interaction between the characters is realistic and satisfying. One cannot help but root for Cole and his friends to succeed.
Garber also demonstrates that prejudices are strong and take faith and education to overcome. It was exciting to watch the different groups come together for a common purpose. Garber does an excellent job of capturing what young adults worry about and focus on in life; he shows them different ways to resolve them – meditating, patience, be watchful, trust, faith, etc.
I enjoyed reading this book and couldn’t wait to see how Cole would resolve his situation. his is a must read for young adults who love adventure and fantasy. I cannot wait for Cole and Bot’s next adventure!
Words-A-Plenty gives this book a 4.5 star rating.
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