"Two masters of the genre are better than one"
Two masters of the genre are better than one as can be
proven between the covers of The Talisman. Jack Sawyer is a
young boy, on the cusp of manhood when his whole world
becomes skewed. His mother is dying and takes him off to
the resort hotel, Alhambra, a place from her recent past
that is full of nothing but happy memories of her late
husband, Jack's father. Upon arriving, Jack discovers there
is a world beyond ours, "The Territories," and begins an
adventure that will change his life forever.
The only thing that can save his mother is a mystical
object, the talisman, and Jack must trek across the
country, and the territories to bring it back so his mother
will live. Others want his mother and her "twinner" in the
territories, Queen Laura, dead for reasons of their own and
will stop at nothing to see that Jack never makes it to the
The Talisman is the quintessential fantasy novel that tells
of the coming of age for young Jack... There are the
typical good versus evil wars, mystical powers, vivid
alternate realities, compelling characters, and maximum
adventure. Jack is older than his years, with a surprising
wisdom for one so young. He sets out on his quest with only
his wits, the contents of his backpack, and some mysterious
advice from friend Speedy Parker. By the time Jack reaches
the resting place of the talisman, readers will have
watched him turn from frightened boy to confident young
The cast of players is varied and colorful, with the most
intriguing character being Wolf, the friendly werewolf who
makes it his mission to protect his young friend with his
life. Readers will love him dearly, maybe even more than
Jack in some instances. A thrilling adventure, The Talisman
carries readers on a magical journey, disappointing only in
that it has to end.
© Kelley A. Hartsell, November 2005. All rights reserved.
Courtesy CK2S Kwips and Kritiques
Posted July 9, 2006
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 15, 2006
Performed by Frank Muller
On a brisk autumn day, a twelve-year-old boy stands on the shores of the gray Atlantic, near a silent amusement park and a fading ocean resort called the Alhambra. The past has driven Jack Sawyer here: his father is gone, his mother is dying, and the world no longer makes sense. But for Jack everything is about to change. For he has been chosen to make a journey back across America--and into another realm.
One of the most influential and heralded works of fantasy ever written, The Talisman is an extraordinary novel of loyalty, awakening, terror, and mystery. Jack Sawyer, on a desperate quest to save his mother's life, must search for a prize across an epic landscape of innocents and monsters, of incredible dangers and even more incredible truths. The prize is essential, but the journey means even more. Let the quest begin. . . .