Journeys of the Agenyre-Masters of the Will

The Hunt for the Golden Watch

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
276 Pages
Reviewed on 08/02/2016
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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

Journeys of the Agenyre-Masters of the Will: The Hunt for the Golden Watch is a contemporary epic fantasy for preteens and young adults written by Adrian Ray. Aarron Hutches was contemplating his selection of a comic book as he walked to the local country store. He had had to work at finding enough chores to earn enough money for it, but finally had succeeded. When he got there, he exchanged the normal pleasantries with John, the shop owner, who was still bemused by his latest customer. The young girl was a stranger, which in itself was very strange indeed. John knew every person for miles around his store. When she asked him for assistance, he couldn’t help but marvel at her accent. Her name was Anna-Lisa, and when she was having trouble reaching for a loaf of bread, John sent Aarron back there to help her out. He couldn’t help but smile as he waited to see if the two young people would hit it off. And they did. Aarron and Anna-Lisa quickly seemed like old friends, even if the Welsh girl and the Arizona native did have very different backgrounds and mannerisms. When school started, rumors began flying around that the two friends were something more than that; something each of them was quick to deny. Their unlikely partnership became even more intense after a slight mishap which led to them seeking the school nurse for help. The sign on her door directed them to Room 104. What they found there was fantastical and life-altering -- and it was only just the beginning.

Adrian Ray’s contemporary epic fantasy for preteens and young adults, Journeys of the Agenyre-Masters of the Will: The Hunt for the Golden Watch, is a marvelous quest story that sets the two 12-year-old heroes on a journey between worlds and across the planet. Ray’s characters complement each other perfectly. Anna-Lisa is direct and action-oriented while Aarron is more contemplative and cerebral. Watching them as they learn of their ancestral legacies and explore their gifts is fascinating and often hilarious. Anna-Lisa is no wilting flower; she pummels, punches, and verbally jabs her companion, but despite their occasional battles, the two are dedicated to their task and are consummate questors. Ray’s plot is original and intriguing, and the battle scenes are lively and well-pictured. While listed as a young adult fantasy, epic fantasy fans of all ages may want to give this title a try. Journeys of the Agenyre-Masters of the Will: The Hunt for the Golden Watch is highly recommended.