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Summary

Even though ­thirteen-­year-­old Marcus Kanenas is confined to a wheelchair, he sees himself as a survivor and a dreamer. In fact, his favorite dream is of a world far away, a world where magic is as common as air, where animals tell jokes, and where trees beg people to pick their fruit. He even has a name for this place - Farworld.

When Marcus magically travels to Farworld, he meets Kyja, a girl without magic in a world where spells, charms, and potions are everywhere, and Master Therapass, a master wizard who has kept a secret hidden for 13 years, a secret that could change the fate of two ­worlds. But the Dark Circle has learned of Master Therapass’ secret and their evil influence and power are growing.

Farworld’s only hope is for Marcus and Kyja to find the mythical Elementals - ­water, land, air, and ­fire - ­and convince them to open a drift between the ­worlds. As Kyja and Marcus travel to Water Keep, they must face the worst the evil Dark Circle can throw at them - Summoners, who can command the living and the dead; Unmakers, invisible creatures that can destroy both body and soul; and dark mages known as Thrathkin S’Bae.

Along the way, Marcus and Kyja will discover the truth about their own heritage, the strength of their friendship, and the depths of their unique ­powers.

©2008 J. Scott Savage (P)2008 Shadow Mountain

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"Fantastic!...I loved it!" (Dean Lorey, author of Nightmare Academy)
"Consider me officially hooked on the Farworld series." (James Dashner, New York Times best-selling author of the Maze Runner series)

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  • james
  • 16-12-15

I have been looking for a fix since Brandon Mull

I had a difficult time adjusting to the reader Mark Wright, but I liked the book a lot and am downloading the next book in the series right now. I love Brandon Mull and have been looking for a fix that comes close to his books or the Harry Potter series. This book is original enough that it doesn't feel like the author borrowed too much from anywhere and the story is enough to keep me excited to keep listening/reading. I recommend if you like other other similar magic/adventure type titles.

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  • Rong Li
  • 24-07-15

Glued to the story

On a hunt for the next 3 books now. Where are they?? This might be the only book I'm gonna read for the next few months. Lolz

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  • Skip
  • 06-07-15

Very interesting summer read

Love that the main characters aren't perfect! The mention of other story's keeps far world grounded. Extremely interested in the other books.

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  • Sego Lily Roots
  • 25-04-15

Farworld is thought-provoking

Loved the book for Farworld. Interesting words on kindness and it's strength throughout the story.

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  • John
  • 04-05-14

Water Keep: Farworld- Unique Story of Two Worlds

What did you love best about Water Keep?

Mr. Savage has combined good story telling with well developed characters who have an interesting problem to overcome even though Kaisha and Marcus are only 10 years old.

What other book might you compare Water Keep to and why?

Take a pinch of Harry Potter, add a dash of Leven Thumps, and a smidge of Enders Wiggin, mix them all together and you might be close to Farworld.

Have you listened to any of Mark Wright’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first time to hear Mark Wright.

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  • Calvin
  • 02-02-21

The Good Part Is That This Is Clean Fantasy

I am not a fan of undead and giant spider like creatures, but the story is clean with no bad content. It might be scary for some children. The plot is decent, but I wouldn't say that it is great either. I won't continue the series.

I tired this book because I really liked J. Scott Savage's The Mysteries of Cove Series of books. So if you don't like this, try his other series. They are clean as well and I gave them 5 star ratings.

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  • Shy Honey
  • 13-07-17

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meh. simple and relaxing. The narrator did a decent job with the voices and was well spoken.

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  • Chris L
  • 09-03-22

😃 great

it was great narrator perfect and great plot
amazing problems and nice teenage love

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  • Danielle Swanner
  • 04-06-21

Story just isn’t cohesive

First of all it seems like the story just jumps into the action with no background at all. I just cannot get into this book. This is the first review I’ve absolutely had to leave on an audible book. I’m so disappointed. Ugh, this story is cringy it never tell you where they are. It just seems like it’s not making sense

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  • Jette
  • 29-05-21

Amazing and addictive!

I loved Water Keep. I needed an escape and this book brought me just that. Water Keep will tug at your emotions and keep you reading into the late hours of the night! This book is full of so many twists and turns with various splashes of humor that had me listen to several parts numerous times before I continued the story.