Artama and The Watchtower Portal

The Second Journey

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
170 Pages
Reviewed on 05/31/2015
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Reviewed by Faridah Nassozi for Readers' Favorite

In Artama & The Watchtower Portal: The Second Journey by Bruce Paul, Artama's first forbidden trip across The Plain was a miraculous success. His success, however, attracted some unwanted attention and soon The Town was in danger of being destroyed by greedy men seeking a passage across The Plain. Artama had to act fast and, in his wisdom, chose to save The Town by leading the beastly men away, even if this was almost certainly guaranteed to cost him his life. Artama, however, had no intention of leading this barbaric group to what they sought. His plan was to move them around in circles as he bought time to escape their ruthless hands. Only thoughts of his people and of Kora kept him going. As days turned into nights, the beastly men grew impatient and he knew the end was near for him. But just when he thought all hope was lost, the most unexpected of saviours showed up. This second journey will be the hardest, but it will also be the most educational for Artama, both on a personal and intellectual level.

Artama & The Watchtower Portal: The Second Journey by Bruce Paul is truly a one of a kind, enchanting YA fantasy story. The plot, the characters, and the scenes were all proficiently developed to bring to life a story unlike any other. The way Artama's character was portrayed and developed is guaranteed to keep readers engrossed and eager to follow him on his journey. The vivid descriptions of characters and scenes made it even more captivating and fun to read. This was all brought together through a flawless and poetic writing style that was so befitting of the theme and gave extra edge to the story. The story contains important lessons for the intended audience; it is okay to challenge the norm and seek for answers outside the box, never completely ignore the wise words of the elders, and that with great power comes great responsibility. I can't wait to read the next part of this adventure.

Jack Magnus

Artama & The Watchtower Portal: The Second Journey is the second book in Bruce Paul's young adult epic fantasy series, The Artama Legend. Artama lives and works with his father, Alagon. Alagon is old and blind now, so he makes the pottery that Artama decorates with paintings. Artama's imagination has been fired up by the Readings that he and the other townsmen and their sons listen to each day, particularly the warning that crossing the Plain is dangerous and will be met only with dragon fire and death. He asks his father's permission to attempt to cross the plain and see what lies beyond it. Alagon understands his son's need to quest and grants his blessing. He tells Artama that he should not worry about his well-being while Artama is gone, and that the exploration will be made for the both of them. When Artama returns from his trip, he's dressed in strange garments and carries with him a miraculous salve that restores his father's sight. He also carries with him the memory of Kara and their long talk late into the night.

Bruce Paul's young adult epic fantasy, Artama & The Watchtower Portal: The Second Journey, is filled with color, sound and magic. While it's the second volume in The Artama Legend, the author provides enough background to enable this story to stand on its own. I was quickly enchanted by the story which is written in a lyrical and compelling style that reminded me most strongly of the works of the Scottish author and visionary fantasist George MacDonald. I loved following Artama as he determined to go questing, cheered as he returned triumphant from the Plain, and wondered how he would survive as one lone young man against Zortan and his barbaric horde. Artama & The Watchtower Portal: The Second Journey is a marvelous epic fantasy that has the power to make the everyday world disappear once you feast your eyes on the story hidden within its pages. It's most highly recommended.

Bil Howard

Bruce Paul has taken us back to his fantasy world once more with Artama & The Watchtower Portal: The Second Journey. Since Artama spoke about the golden fountain in the land beyond the prairie, dragon men from the west have heard about his tale and have marched in force to the town where he and his father make their peaceful living. Fearing that everyone in the town will be killed and the buildings set on fire, as had been the case in the last town that Zortan and his horde had ridden through, Artama must agree to lead them across the prairie and away from the town, knowing full well that he might be killed by the impatient horde. As he leads them across the barren prairie, he sees how utterly cruel and ugly the men are and wishes that there was some way to escape. After several days in their captivity, he sees a towering rock and tells Zortan and the others that he must climb that tower in order to be able to see the other edge of the prairie. With the horde surrounding him below and even trying to knock him from the tower with stones, he climbs to the top, not knowing what fate awaits him there.

Artama & The Watchtower Portal: The Second Journey is told in a poetic tone that reminds the reader of how epic stories from the ancient times used to be told. Bruce Paul has not only created a great plot for the reader to follow, and colored it with bright characters, but has also found a way to penetrate the imagination and bring us into a parallel world. Without giving the story away, I found the explanations of things that were spelled out within the story to be as fascinating as the story itself. Artama & The Watchtower Portal: The Second Journey is a must-read for those who love fantasy, whether young or old.