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.
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.