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“Nothing special” is the best way to describe Owen Reeder—at least that's what he's been told all his life. When a stranger visits his father's bookstore, Owen's ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn't even know existed. Owen believes the only gift he possesses is his ability to devour books, but he is about to be forced into a battle that wil“Nothing special” is the best way to describe Owen Reeder—at least that's what he's been told all his life. When a stranger visits his father's bookstore, Owen's ordinary life spirals out of control and right into a world he didn't even know existed. Owen believes the only gift he possesses is his ability to devour books, but he is about to be forced into a battle that will affect two worlds: his and the unknown world of the Lowlands. Perfect for readers ages 10 to 14 who enjoy a fast-paced story packed with action, fantasy, and humor....

Title : The Book of the King
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ISBN : 9781414301556
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Number of Pages : 280 Pages
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The Book of the King Reviews

  • Nicole
    2019-05-16 22:35

    I happened upon this book while looking for another series for my 8 year old who loved the Percy Jackson series. Our wonderful librarian looked to see what would be recommended and found this series by Jerry B Jenkins. Being a fantasy lover myself, the synopsis intrigued me so when my son wasn't very interested in this book I decided to read it myself. It's actually a fine representative of the juvenile fantasy genre, but it just didn't work for me. When trying to analyze precisely why it didn't work, I've decided that it was the point of view. The author wrote this with a third person omniscient viewpoint but he included many, many asides to the reader. For whatever reason, that was a put off for me. I felt like it stole a lot of wonder and flow from the story. I don't plan to read the rest of this series.

  • TW
    2019-05-18 02:28

    This is such a great book… for 10+ kids. *winks* But, I mean, gosh it was really good.Jerry B. Jenkins (Chris Fabry too) wrote it and, ohmygosh, he is one of my favorite authors ever. (read the Left Behind >The Kids< reviews…)When I read the first chapter I was intrigued. The second chapter, yep, still straining my eyes to finish. Chapter three went a little towards the boring edge for me… So I started to read a bunch of other things.Then I joined the GTW Book Club that goes on in the GTW Email Loop, and the first month (February) we had to read a fantasy book. So I decided to finish what I had started: The Book of the King.AND I DO NOT REGRET IT FOR A MOMENT!!! If you start to get bored with The Book of the King DO NOT STOP READING IT!!!! Whatever you do, do NOT stop!!! Keep reading to the end. And then run to the library or Amazon for book 2 (I have to get it soon!)The Book of the King is pure genius, I tell you. Absolutely brilliant. Any Christian 10+ year old that hasn’t read this book is SO missing out. GO BUY IT PEOPLES!!! I love how Jenkins and Fabry did the POV (Point Of View) in this book. I love it. =) It’s kind of second person and kind of third person. For the first two chapters the author or narrator keeps saying, “We’ll get to Owen soon, but….” And then it jumps into a third person kind of POV. I love it.So, all that to say if you are above ten, and have NOT read this book, boy, are you missing out on something good.(and for the record, Chris Fabry is an excellent writer also who helped write the later books of Left Behind >The Kids< which I will always be recommending =) Go get ‘em! *Both series*)

  • Kristy
    2019-04-25 22:31

    SPLENDID!!!!! I was hooked on this book right from the first sentence. I of course already knew Jerry B. Jenkins is a fabulous author, but I didn't expect this. The only young adult book I've read by him is Left Behind: The Kids part 1, and I wasn't super super crazy about it. But this right here was just RIGHT up my alley. Love it!! It's about this lonely teenager who spends all his time reading (gee, wonder why I love it??) and suddenly strange things begin to happen to him and he's brought a powerful Book by a mysterious man. The Book leads him on a journey of course, and the whole story is just masterfully written, leaving you guessing at what happens next. Definitely, definitely, definitely reading the rest of the series.

  • Jaci
    2019-05-20 01:32

    Es un libro muy interesante.No lograba entender ciertas cosas debido a que está narrado en el presente. Aún asi me gusto mucho, contiene muchas aventuras que te hacen estar al tanto del libro.No puedo esperar para empezar a leer el segundo libro " La espada del Lombricero"

  • Morgan *~devourer of words~*
    2019-05-02 20:29

    If The Book of the King hadn't been written in a strange mix of second and third person, I might have enjoyed it more. As it stands, though, the constant breaks in the narrative for the narrator to speak directly to the reader, or worse, tell the reader what they should be thinking, were just obnoxious.You're not supposed to tell the reader what they should be thinking, or feeling, in a second person narrative. All the narrator accomplished by telling me that I would love Owen was to make me go out of my way to not like Owen.The book also constantly reminds you that it's Christian fantasy, stopping just short of beating you over the head with the fact. There's an entire passage where the narrator stops the story - seriously, freezes the current scene playing out - just to bring up the story of Jesus and the blind man. Just in case you forgot that you were reading a CHRISTIAN fantasy story.Christian fantasy can be done well. This book just didn't manage to pull it off.I'm still trying to figure out what the scene with Rollie (the music kid at school) was all about. He was never mentioned before that scene, or again afterwards. He just showed up out of nowhere, with no introduction, and then vanished back into the great Character Void. What was the point, Rollie???There was also a scene near the beginning of the book, the introduction to the Dragon's servant, that just left a bad taste in my mouth. That could have been me just reading too much into the description of a villain, but it was deeply unsettling that I was able to read it, and think, "This sounds like [insert offensive stereotype here]".Otherwise, this is a decent kid's book. It just didn't really work for me.

  • Debbie
    2019-04-22 19:17

    "The Book of the King" is a middle grade/juvenile Christian fantasy novel. The authors would occasionally say things like, "...sulfurous breath--which means..." for words I think most middle schoolers would know, yet they also sometimes used words that some adults might not know with the meaning only implied by context. The story was also told in an odd way. It's like you and the story teller are hovering above the scene and he points things out in present tense using "you" and "we" as if talking directly to the reader, then it'd slid back into past tense but it's like you're watching a movie. You never get inside the characters' heads, though you're sometimes told what they are thinking or feeling. This gave the book a somewhat distant feel, but it still came across as an engaging story told by a (hovering) storyteller. There's plenty of fast-paced action and high suspense due to physical danger (though the distant feel made it so the really scary things weren't too scary). I'm not sure this story would really appeal to adults, but I do think kids of the right age would enjoy it. I liked its mood and subtle lessons better than I like a lot of Christian fantasy. This book was the first in a series and it did end somewhat abruptly, but it's not left at a cliff-hanger. There was no bad language and no sex. Overall, I'd recommend this interesting novel to children.

  • Kristen
    2019-05-09 18:38

    A bit wordy at first, this book is about a boy who has some sort of destiny. Sadly, you don't really learn much at the end of this first book in a trilogy. There's some monsters, a book with some serious meaning, and a few big baddies. I did really get into the adventure of the book and really enjoyed reading it. I just wish I had more of a clue as to what the big quest will be.

  • Laura the Highland Hussy
    2019-04-24 02:34

    My son and I read this one together and neither one of us liked it at all. The narrator is constantly stopping mid-scene to tell you what is going on. I hated that. Show don't tell, right? I get that it's a stylistic choice, but for the reader, it's frustrating and pulls you out of the scene. The author's voice is definitely not to my taste, and the book is wordy and holy cow we get it! It's Christian fantasy, you don't need to stop mid-scene to tell us a parable. We get it.My son didn't like Owen, and to be honest, neither did I. He was kind of a brat. I didn't want him to keep getting bullied, obviously, but he wasn't a very nice kid. TL;DRThe narrator kept stopping the book mid-scene to tell you what was happening.

  • Kevin Qualls
    2019-05-22 23:14

    Well written and engaging!

  • Elisabeth Poe
    2019-05-12 23:14

    It's short but good It is short, but I'm pretty sure it is the first book.I don't really like book like this but it was good

  • J
    2019-04-27 00:31

    It's not entirely original for a recent work of fiction to contain an allegorical tale of the end times, so we're probably not surprised with the arrival of the Wormling series. A Christian series, in fact. I fortunately didn't buy these books, but borrowed them to read and discovered they're quite simply a waste of time.Let me explain.Most of us are probably familiar with The Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, and other classic fantasy based stories. These bringing to light some moral points possibly through some biblical analogy. It seems like that may have been the author(s) plan which unfortunately got side-tracked as they got caught up in the story they were creating. Yeah, creating. One thing they never tired of was making up new creatures to do their dirty work, namely, to serve the "baddies" and hurt the "good guys". Hideous creature after hideous creature romp through the pages. Some are barely described and others ignored as you wonder what they look like. A few of the characters on the side of the good fall in this vague place as well, though one is described as having the face of a dog and a rat, thick fur (sheep, dog, whatever?), and hooves of a goat---though not in as many words. Come on! They seemed afraid to copy characters/creatures most of us would be familiar with and made up their own (that Erol was a dwarf/Munchkin/elf/what the heck?! The author(s) apparently made up much of these 5 books as they wrote them and they weren't secure in what they were telling. The last book is by far the worst: the writers hinting, maybe warning the reader at the coming atrocities, yet reveling in the telling. Okay, I know things are terrible and will be for all evil, especially as written in Revelation, but the disturbing accounts here are appalling. "And her blood", says the Dragon, "shall anoint my throne!" Page after page we hear the same gory phrase repeated carelessly till it's annoying. Out-of-place modern analogies only contributed to the jumble of confusion. There was even some bathroom humor thrown in, more than likely to appeal to greater crowds of readers. Yet people call this 'clean!' Toilet jokes are not clean, folks!! This is more than appalling in Christian juvenile fiction and probably just another ploy to sell more of this drivel. Chapters are short, only to keep the story moving---and it does, but only on confusing trips seemingly only meant to fill the pages.This is not intended to be a comparison review but if you want a true Christian fiction fantasy, read The Door Within trilogy.Don't read the Wormling series. And please don't give it to your kids.

  • Halee
    2019-05-06 21:28

    The Book Of The King-Review Jenkins has the unbelievable talent to intertwine together a book of fantasy, supernatural and the humble story of a modern-day teenage hero. I read this book for the first time when I was 11 years old. This book marked the start of a love for fantasy and the fight of good and evil, and that love has lasted me for years. The Book Of The King has been so significant for me, (and has branded its mark in my memory) so well, I can remember what time of the year I read it (summer), where I got it (library), where I read it (under a tree) and what I was thinking when I was taking this adventure. I was absolutely and no doubt, spellbound. If you like the story of a lanky teenage boy, whose bullied and invisible, to find hope and a future of importance, who fights dragons and breaches portals and who finds a book….The most magical book…You will love this story. Positive/Spiritual Content: The Book Of The King is a story of good and evil battling against each other. There is no magic/spells in this story (which I appreciate) and Owen ( the main character) recites words of power (example after The Bible) AND several times he hears little words of encouragement or positivity (Holy Spirit, God).Inappropriate/Sexual Content: While Owen is attracted to this girl (Clara) nothing happens and there are no written impure thoughts towards her or any other characters.Negative/Gory Content: Yes, this is a fantasy book. And yes, there are many bloody battles and weapons in this story. So this book is definitely not for you if you might be squirmish or sensitive to those things. This book also deals with the spiritual so there are illustrations of good and evil (God and Satan) and there are a few un-friendly people.I HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone over the age of 10 who enjoyed The Hobbit, Lord Of The Rings or The Chronicles Of Narnia.

  • Dana Rongione
    2019-04-29 18:28

    To be honest, I didn't know what to expect from this book. I love the Left Behind series, and I've read and devoured some of The Red Rock Mysteries by Jerry B. Jenkins, but this book was different than anything else I'd ever read by him. The mix of fantasy, history and Bible fascinated me, and I couldn't read it fast enough.Owen Reeder is a boy with a destiny. The only problem is he has no idea of that destiny. As far as he knows, he's just a simple boy with an uncaring father, an unknown mother, and a store full of old books as his only friends. Small and unpopular, Owen has problems at school and finds comfort within the pages of his books. That is, until one day, he's introduced to a book like none he's ever seen. Compelled by its message, Owen takes the book and unknowingly unlocks the mystery of his destiny. A far-away world. Peril at every turn. Can Owen conquer his own fears in order to complete the quest set before him?Unfortunately, this book won't answer that question. Since it is the first in the series, the book leaves the reader with many unanswered questions and even more theories. To find out more, you must read the rest of the series, so if you're looking for a quick read, this may not be the book for you. For I promise you, once you began this quest with Owen, you'll not want to turn back until all is revealed.Now if you'll excuse me, I have some more reading to do!

  • Steven
    2019-04-26 19:12

    "When in the course of human events it becomes necessary for a frightened young man to slip the surly bonds of danger and touch the face of freedom, please note that the back door or a restaurant is not always the best exit."With lines like these, it is hard not to like this book. It is just such a fun and exciting read. Another great lesson that we are meant for more than just mundane life. Owen finds himself in the middle of a fight between the visible and invisible realms...between good and evil. The Biblical imagery coming from author Jerry B. Jenkins (author of the Left Behind series) is so clearly seen from the following quotes..."'Live at peace with all as much as it is within you. Give no one reason to slander your name or accuse you. But know that some will falsely accuse you and say all manner of evil things against you because you are related to the King.'"Fear does not live where love exists. Love always gives, always has hope, and believes the best. Love never fails."May the weapons formed against you fail, Wormling. Be faithful in the smallest of things, and you shall see greater things than these."Adventure. Action. This has all of the classic features that make a great book.

  • Shonna Froebel
    2019-05-22 19:35

    This is the first book in the Wormling series, and features Owen Reeder, a boy who lives above a bookstore with his father, the bookstore owner. What Owen discovers early in this book is that things are not what they seem and their are powers, both in and around him, that he is unaware of. When set upon by bullies, he finds that there is a power that saves him from harm, and he is intrigued by this. When a stranger tries to give him a book and his father tries to prevent him from taking it, he finds that he is not sure who to trust anymore. For part of his adventures, he is assisted by the stranger, and by Constance, the young daughter of his cleaning lady. For most of the difficult bits, he must rely on the book and the knowledge he gains from it.This looks to be an interesting series, good versus evil, with multiple worlds and Owen is a good character, bookish but not meek.

  • Penelope
    2019-05-23 23:30

    As the author assures the reader, we really do like Owen, a young, outcast who finds solace in books. His journey from awkward to hero just begins in this novel. Without his mother, who died while he was an infant, Owen is very alone in the world and makes few friends outside of the fictional ones in his dad's book store. All that changes one day when he stumbles on his father's secret and another hidden world right beneath his home.Jenkins crafts a funny, engaging, well-written story that is sure to capture the attention of any 10 to 14 year old who enjoys fantasy. The main character learns truth and gains power by reading the "Book of the King" and through that Jenkins injects truth into his pages showing there is power in God's word.

  • David
    2019-05-06 22:25

    The Book of the KIng was an OK book. Although I thought it was to predictable, the similies and metaphors made up for it. It is about a boy named Owen who has no dream but finds one because of a magical book. He uses the book to enter another world to defeat an enemy that threatens his world. I think that the author does a fantastic job on when to start and end a chapter, but the ending is a bit of a letdown because I thought he could have told us a little more about the other world and what goes on in it. The descriptions of the other world only takes up about 20 pages out of the 273. The book also has weak action seens that I cant picture any of the action that goes on. Overall it is an OK read that anyone who likes the thought of another world would enjoy.

  • Pages and Papercuts
    2019-05-20 18:18

    I enjoyed The Book of The King. I liked how fast paced it was and how it intrigued me. I liked how the main character was in many ways an underdog, so many times the main character is a drop-dead beautiful, A-student, intelligent superhero- but not this time. It was an overall refreshing read.But, like most times- there were some things that put me off. The writing style reminds me of a story told by an old man around a campfire. At first I thought it was something different and interesting, but after a while it just got annoying. The plot is nothing original. It's honestly been done a hundred times before, and had no big spins on it. Other than that, good book. I'll be looking out for the next book.

  • Sakura Sandra
    2019-05-03 21:13

    I kept going back and forth about my opinion of this book. As I was reading it I found myself going between really liking it and really disliking it! First of all, this book is all over the place. Perhaps partially because it was written by two people, but mostly because of the point-of-view which switched from 3rd person limited to 3rd person omnipresent. So, it was a little confusing. Plus as it followed the secondary characters a bit it lost my interest. I found myself bored and intrigued as the story went on. I couldn't decide how I felt about it, even at the end I was debating between 3-4 stars. Also, the majority of the book kept hinting at things, but never fully explained them. I have to get the next book to learn more? No thanks.

  • Duane
    2019-05-11 18:22

    For young adult readers who enjoy the LOTR style books, this is a refreshing take done in a "moral" way. Owen Reeder is a simple young man who avoids all conflicts and people around him. Having grown up in a small used bookstore, he's surrounded himself with the love of books over people. In a matter of a couple of days though, young Owen finds himself being given the "book" that will save all mankind and he must find the courage he never thought he had to start the quest. I really enjoyed how the author "talks" to the reader. It makes the chapters so much more personable. You'll care about Owen and want him to succeed. A great first book in a hopeful series.

  • MiriLou
    2019-05-08 19:36

    Browsing the shelves in the library, I picked this up but wasn't expecting a whole lot. I was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. The writing has the voice of an old storyteller. The story is of an ordinary boy who discovers there is much more to his world than he thought and that he has an important destiny. Classic good against evil.Drawback, I went onto the library website to request the rest of the series, and they don't have them. Written by christian authors, guess the series didn't get a wide release and that's disappointing.

  • Kris
    2019-05-02 02:40

    The story reads like a storyteller is telling it to you. I liked it at first but then "he" (or "she" if you prefer a female storyteller)(I heard a male voice) talked to the reader a bit to much. The story did drag a bit but did pick up just in time to end. It is the first book in a series so it leaves you with questions that must be answered. I think kids who like fantasy would enjoy it if the "storyteller" parts don't confuse them.

  • Elizabeth
    2019-05-13 00:20

    It's no C.S. Lewis, but as far as Christian themed YA fantasy books go, it was good. I'm intrigued enough to pick up the next one at some point. Occasionally the pacing seemed off. Certain passages felt rushed, and others seemed to have far too much exposition. I liked the characters, but didn't feel very connected to anyone other than the protagonist. I feel the author could have done a better job expressing the characters' motivations.

  • Katie
    2019-05-06 01:22

    This was a really good book. It would be great for kids, early teen readers but I love these kind of books, too. I enjoyed reading about Owen as he discovers there are things going on around him, things which he is a part of and didn't know it. He learns a little bit about who he really is and who he might become. The mystery around it all is really interesting, as Owen is right in the middle of an epic battle between good and evil.

  • AddyTheAnnoyingCritic
    2019-05-24 02:27

    This book was not good. At all. It just wasn't interesting. Not enough happened. The entire plot was painfully simple, and you always knew what was going to happen next.The things he added in were stupid, including a talking dog with hooves that was supposed to protect him. Not only was little derp annoying, but he made the book look stupid. I don't recommend this book to anyone. It's simply not interesting, and painfully stupid.

  • The Book Addict (Bite-Sized Reviews)
    2019-04-25 22:20

    T H O U G H T S:this is the series that sparked my love for fantasy. it's allegorical, predictable, and a bit cheesy, yes, but for a little girl, the adventure and gore was more than enough.R A T I N G:plot // 3pacing // 2language // 3story world // 4protagonist // 2antagonist // 4secondary characters // 4

  • Deborah
    2019-05-02 00:17

    This was a phenomenal read with Seth. In The Book of the King, Owen Reeder knows that he is different but thinks he is just a quiet misfit. As the book unfolds, he finds that he is much, much more. My son begged me to keep reading more each evening. We are currently beginning the second book in the Wormling series.

  • Dreamer21
    2019-05-07 18:34

    This whole series is amazing! I started reading it about two weeks ago and am already almost done with the very last book! I was very impressed by how exciting it was, even when you needed to learn some important information, because I have to admit, most books get boring if it has to give your information, but this book just pulled me in closer and closer ever chapter!

  • Lou
    2019-05-16 18:23

    This book surprised me with its narrative in present continuous. I felt a little lost at the beginning and the story seemed the story did not have a good hook, but as I continued, I found interesting. However, I'm not really sure if I want to read all the series. Nevertheless, I recommend it as quick reading.

  • Lindsey
    2019-05-17 20:39

    This was a free book so I took a chance. While it's an intriguing idea and I saw the intent, I felt the approach was all wrong. Going between the story and the narrator addressing the reader directly, I wasn't a fan of the breaking the fourth wall. Not to mention the sudden burst of action that ended the first in the series concluding rather quickly.