The Marakon Ways is an entertaining fantasy story that appeals to the child in all of us.
Lily and Daniel are about to embark on an amazing adventure to an unknown world called Wolf Land. They learn that they must save a strange breed of wolf-people and an entire way of life from Arclos and his five evil sons using an ancient martial art called the Marakon Ways.
The book has been a surprise success with great reviews on the Amazon and press coverage in the US, yet The Marakon Ways is written and created by an eight year old boy and his vivid imagination. In his mother’s words here is how she found out she had an author in the family:
"My 8 year old son, Griffin, just published a fantasy novel called The Marakon Ways. I helped him with the publishing, but not the writing. In fact, he didn’t even tell me that he was writing a book.”
The story was inspired by a make-believe game Griffin had been playing for several years with a good friend of his named Maya. In the game he was the king of the wolves, just like Makamom is in the book. Griffin says of the writing process;
“When I first started this book, I had a hard time thinking of ideas. As I got closer to the ending it was easier to think of what to say.”
“I knew of the book's existence, but I hadn’t yet read any of it. When I received the completed draft, I was somewhat hesitant to undertake the reading such a large chunk of text written by an 8 year old - even if that 8 year old was my own son. To my surprise, however, the book turned out to be really good. As a colleague said when I shared a draft with him, “The book kept me reading it until the end, in one pass. It is a very interesting, clever, and engrossing story.” I also enjoyed watching my husband read the book to our other three children each night before bed. They laughed and gasped at all the right places, and begged their dada to continue reading well after lights out."