Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Review - Sagaria by John Dahlgren

Set in the mysterious world of Sagaria, this enchanting tale of adventure and friendship will charm teens and adults alike and is the latest novel in the Sagaria Legends series.

When young Sagandran Sacks learns from Grandpa Melwin of a portal that leads from an abandoned forest well to the magical world of Sagaria, he doesn’t know whether to believe it or simply dismiss it as another of his grandfather’s tall tales. But when Grandpa Melwin is suddenly seized during the night, all clues point to that well in the forest.

Hot on the trail of his grandfather, Sagandran finds himself transported into Sagaria, which is indeed every bit as wondrous as Grandpa Melwin had described. But it is a world under threat. Before he knows it, Sagandran is tasked with saving not only his grandfather, but the whole world – or, rather, three worlds – for, once the fearsome Shadow Master has both the Shadow World and Sagaria in his thrall, he plans to extend his conquest to the Earthworld…

Enthralling and imaginative, with characters that will delight readers of all ages, this charming novel is set in the world of Sagaria and follows The Tides of Avarice, John Dahlgren’s first book in the Sagaria Legends series.

4 stars

Saragia by John Dahlgren is a true epic fantasy following the footsteps of Tolkien's LotR series.  There is a quest of dire importance, an eclectic band of travelers, wizards, monsters, magic, relics, everything you need.  The biggest difference is that this book is great for younger readers.  The two main characters are younger teens one of them from our realm and the other is from Sagaria.  The challenges that the two teens face rely on quick thinking and reflexes as much as violence and aggression contributing to a younger readers potential enjoyment of the book.

There is a wide assortment of characters in this book with my favorite being Sir Tombin the frog knight.  Such an interesting backstory led to his creation and his adherence to a strict code of chivalry make him quite an entertaining guy to read about.  The plot was strong with an evil magician trying to gain control over three crystals that would grant him almost unlimited power.  Sagandran Sacks, the young man from Earth, has one of the crystals while he wants nothing more than to save his kidnapped grandfather he is pulled into a whole lot more.

I have his second book from the world of Sagaria and look forward to reading it to see where else he goes with this.


  1. You had me at the comparison of Tolkien, sir. I've been hungering for new fantasy, since I know I'll have to wait a few years for George to finish up "The Winds of Winter." He keeps teasing us with new chapters that say absolutely nothing on his website.

    I tried to pick up Brent Weeks. Thus far I don't like the Nightangel series much because it's just another fantasy author deciding that being "gay" is a perfect trait to make a villain disgusting. I shake my head at authors who ride this tired old trope and gain success by doing so.

    1. Night Angel gets better as you keep going. I think that part was used as more shock value.

      Hope you enjoy Sagaria if you decide to pick up a copy.