Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite
Josh just wanted to go fishing with his dad and quit school. One day, he ventures across the swamp, intending to go to town, but something about this familiar place was different. For a moment he thought himself lost, but all the markers indicated this was the place, and yet, at the same time, it wasn't. That day marked the beginning of change. Josh had always loved telling stories; it was not only a much loved family tradition, but a hobby for him as well. Something strange has happened to him now. Whenever he spins a tale, it comes to life before his eyes, and this makes him very interesting indeed. With that kind of power at their disposal, the fate of countries could be spun, but he has another gift as well, one of healing. Soon, those seeking to exploit him for their own gains emerge, and they will stop at nothing. What will become of a boy whose passion is in telling stories, when the tales he weaves are brought to life? Find out in Bruce E Arrington's Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door (Volume 1).
I really enjoyed the descriptive nature of Bruce E Arrington's writing style. Never having been to Louisiana, it was wonderful to get such a vivid impression. Reading Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door will whisk you away on a magical adventure of the likes of ancient fables. There is an old phrase, the gift of the gab - well, Josh's gift takes this expression to a whole new level. I completely adored the cast of characters and the role appropriate names really made me chuckle. Josh Anvil and the Cypress Door is packed with great dialogue, and I had such a lot of fun reading this. The camaraderie between friends, even rivals, is believable. Whilst perhaps written for a young adult audience, there's a great crossover so mature adults would appreciate it too. I really enjoyed this imaginative, gripping, suspenseful and, most importantly, fun story. As this is the first book in the series, I'm looking forward to reading the next. A brilliant book from beginning to end; I'm eagerly awaiting the next instalment.