I don t know how I heard about this book but I had it euested out of the library and in my hands within a week And it sat in my library bag for almost three weeks while I The Widow's Lawman read through my ever enjoyable Jacueline Carey series a couple mangas and even aomance novel Finally I only had this strange book Prince Ombra left to The Story Within read The cover on the copy I had showed aocky shore with two ospreys in the foreground and very tiny off in the distance two people sitting on the ocks The story looked like it could have been a 1950 s book about two kids and their summer adventures or maybe a nature guide for the Northern seacoastWhat it did not look like was the explanation of all evil and good in the world and their eternal battleI loved it from the first few pages where the unknown later you find out storyteller talks about how when all people are born an angel puts its finger on our lips and tells us to not say what we know about our after previous lives which is why we all have clefts on our upper lips But every few generations there is someone born without that cleft a great warrior who emembers all his past lives and knows that he will someday battle Prince Ombra who causes all evil in the worldAt the time of this story the great warrior happens to be a lame 8 year old boy named Bentley His friends are a girl who cannot speak and an elderly psychologist who happens to love mythology and God Gave Me a Mulligan: A Journalist's Life in War and Peace recognizes what Bentley is and his great destinyI loved the great explanation of why there is evil and how we have always had warriors fighting for us I loved how the author tied many cultures mythologies together into one great epic And I loved that the great battle this time around had such an unlikely hero and was focused on a small town and itsesidentsI couldn t give it 5 stars however because the story seemed Elephant Slaves and Pampered Parrots: Exotic Animals in Eighteenth-Century Paris reallyushed towards the end and you had to The American Academic Profession: Transformation in Contemporary Higher Education rely on the epilogue to explain too much Overall I am so glad I found this book I still don t know why I would haveeuested it and I hope everyone who loves epic battles gets a chance to The Rise and Fall of the Biopsychosocial Model: Reconciling Art and Science in Psychiatry read it Bentley Ellicot is and will probably forever be my favorite hero of all time He is an unlikely hero in that he has learned spells from the crabs and is able to speak to animals however most people see him as a cripple He is young and kind and helpful and he is born knowing many things specifically his destinyHis heart has been that of a thousand different heros including King Authur and Homer and that with this gift he has been given he must defeat the essence of evil in the world Prince Ombra Though he is considered peculiar by the inhabitants of his home town he makes two friends one of which is Sally DrakeSlally a girl who speaks in a nonsense language that only Bentley can understand She becomes Bentley s main support in his battle against the evils of the world This friendship that Sally and Bentley share is full of happiness andealistic struggles that are enjoyable to The Arena: An Offering to Contemporary Monasticism read about and to learn fromThe themes portrayed in Prince Ombra are very deep and evoke many theological uestions important to self discovery The theme of friendship helping to overcome the obstacles in our lives is also very prominent and inspiring in this novel Every character is beset with their uniue set of challenges and in order to overcome them they are given friends to help them along the wayPrince Ombra is so amazingly well done and contains such deep uestions about the essence of life and being and has suchealistic character development that it is easy to say that it has become one of the best books that I have had the privilege to Jewish Thought, Utopia, and Revolution read There are some books that justesonate deep inside of you This is one such book for me It incorporates arthurian legend and you can never. The World has found its new heroThe problem Bentley Ellicott is only a kidBentley has secret powers And he's going to need them Bentley is a hero the thousand and first to be exact in.
E primary ones Plus I feel like I ve A Kangaroo's Life read too many similar books that just end the book two pages the climax and don t even bother with this bit Again I probably would ve enjoyed it if it was even longer but that s not a fault with itThis is definitely a book that deserves a lot attention It sare to find something so utterly perfect that manages to emind me of other things I love without feeling derivative i found a eally old copy of this book at a garage saleit had this crazy bright opalescent cover and looked like a completely trashy airport buy that would live next to all the Sword of Shanara books But it s one of the most interesting looks at heroes and evil I have ever Filosofía e inmanencia read It even held up undere The Monacan Indian Nation of Virginia: The Drums of Life readings It s like the last Harry Potter book before Harry Potter was even written THE CURRENT VERSION IS ABRIDGED ONLY READ THE OUT OF PRINT EDITIONS I bought the current edition for friends and was disappointed and saddened to learn theyeally didn t like it But after discussing the book with them things started to sound fishy I checked out the edition I had bought for them and ealized it had been abridged and bowlderized to make it into children s or young adult fiction While the original book is not inappropriate for young adults it is not written as young adult fiction The abridgement of the current edition is haphazard and leaves plot holes and is above all unnecessary So do yourself a favor get a copy of the out of print edition with the black and white silhouette cover striped shirt bird above I ead it in high school thanx Michelle I have purchased copies of this book than any other book I loan it out and never seem to get it back Top 5 of the greatest books I have Murder in Gutenthal read ever Someone once loaned me a copy of The Key How to Write Damn Good Fiction Using the Power of Myth by James N Frey It was one of those books that I devoured in one sitting Iecently added it to my eReader and look forward to One of Our Thursdays Is Missing reading it againTheeason I bring up James Frey s book in this On the Field of Glory: an Historical Novel of the Time of King John Sobieski review is because that is EXACTLY what Prince Ombra is DAMN GOOD FICTION that utilizes the power of myth to tell a familiar story in a contemporary settingI stillemember the first time I saw this book The opalescent cover gleaming in the afternoon sunlight caught my eye and I took it down from my mother s bookshelf I couldn t have been than 13 years old The story left me absolutely breathless and to this day when I Lassie Come-Home reach the last few pages of the last chapter I still find myself in tears usually because I have forgotten that scene and it s likeeading it for the first time all over again Sadly this book is no longer in print I managed to hunt down 5 copies in trade paperback and still have two in my library which you will pry from my cold dead hands The YA version is watered down and edited to the point that I felt it wasn t worth keeping so that copy was forwarded on But if you do manage to find the original unabridged version in a second hand bookshop charity shop or garage sale snap it up but do so calmly we don t want to start a The People from the Sea riot hold it close to your heart and geteady to experience something marvelous A lucky find at Goodwill It s always great to find an author you ve never heard ofA very good book Difficult to St Lucy's Home For Girls Raised By Wolves read at times there s a lot of Truth here A nine year old boy is chosen to fight the ultimate evil fight it at age nine A difficult thing as a nine year old The writingeminds me of Ray Bradbury Think of Something Wicked This Way Comes though it is nothing like that other than normal everyday life and the horrors it can contain Horror seems worse when it s people you know and see everyday and the small things they do to each other stepping only slightly over the line but causing horriffic esult. Name is Prnce Ombra When Prince Ombra arises a hero is called upon to battle him One day when Bentley is grown he will be that heroWhat Bentley doesn't know is that his one day is tod.
Go wrong with that I ve ead this book probably three times I still have it might well Mr. Majeika and the Dinner Lady and Mr. Majeika and the Music Teacher read it againNothing like itKids communicating in ways you only dream is possible or might hardly notemember Sub verbal With geniusGreat drama Life defying Sometimes it s stunning to Twilight of the Idols read a book that s this good and yet is out of print and not exactly well knownTo some degree it s easy to understand why it wasn t terribly successful it s a book about children that isn teally for them I Ninth City Burning (War of the Realms, realised early on that this book in many wayseminded me of Stephen King but the first thing that struck me was that it approached writing about children the same way he does It s a book for adults who still Der Ritter und die Bastardtochter remember what being a child was likeIt s like Stephen King in other ways whether by coincidence tribute or accident The New England setting is an obvious connection as is the focus on the lives of the people in the town and how the encroaching evil brings out the worst in everyone There are lots of other little touches thatemind me of Stephen King but this book is unmistakably Stephen King esue though I admit that some of the best comparisons to Prince Ombra actually come after its Chinaberries and Crows releaseBut I was often glad that I wasn teading an actual Stephen King book as he can be pretty merciless Sure Helga and Charlie s deaths are ight up his alley but he probably would ve killed half the town or had it burn to the ground See Salem s Lot for proof of both I fear that Slally might ve suffered an even worse fate at the hands of Steve Slattery or that Bentley would ve had to have actually died at the end There s no way both of their parents would ve survived It was nice to have good feelings at the end and with Stephen King happy endings just aren t a thingThere are also what are even likely direct allusions to Tolkien with the Eye of Sauron or less actually appearing along with some Stone of Ra and One Ring parallelsIt s the sort of thing I dig a lot A lot of my favourite fiction eferences other fiction notably Stephen King s The Dark Tower series basically Blessed Are the Wicked runs oneferences to other fictional worksIn many ways Slally is the eal star of this book although maybe that s only half true The eal star of this book is Bentley and Slally s friendship Friendship is often neglected in stories in favour of omance It s are that you get a pure POWER OF FRIENDSHIP narrative that doesn t end up being omantic And omantic narratives are fine but there s a lot to lifeThere s something about their mutual connection and loyalty to each other that is emotionally compromising and the whole thing kind of hinges on it I mean the book is about Bentley vs Ombra but only technically And in the end that was an existential battle Reform, Red Scare, and Ruin rather than a traditional heroic battleI also think there was something wonderful about both Bentley and Slally being disabled characters and I felt like that aspect was handled well or at least better than what I m used to seeingThe supporting characters were also largely interesting especially Dr Kreistein I ll admit that Willybilly was an odd character who seemed particularly modeled on Willie Nelson It s not a problem with the book but man it s a weird choiceWhat is a problem with the book Not much Occasionally I felt like the book could ve taken a moment to breathe here and there but it s not that anything was missing Just that I was enjoying the book and felt like I had no choice but to keep moving to finish But I can t complain because the pacing is largely perfect I didn t get to breathe but I was also never bored not even for a momentThe ending was basically perfect I m a big fan of getting to see the characters older andeflective and getting to know what happened to all of the characters not just th. A long line of heroes that has stretched all the way back to antiuity Heroes like Arthur and Hercules And now BentleyThat's because there is an evil in the world that never dies Its.