Prince Etcheon and the Secret of the Ancient
By JoAnn Arnold
Etcheon always believed he would live and die in his small village that he moved to with his grandmother, Granna Fela – safe, loved, and protected.But with Granna’s death comes new information about Etcheon’s royal heritage and destiny, which suddenly throws him in the middle of a battle against a wicked king. One the run from hideous beasts sent to kill him, Etcheon is saved by a mysterious girl, a tree with magical powers, and several amazing animals. With his new friends to protect and teach him, Etcheon undertakes a journey that will challenge his abilities and define who he needs to become – a warrior-prince charged to save his people.
This is a review that I am doing for Media Guests online blog tour. I love the description of this book so I was very excited to get it and start reading right away. It took me about 20 pages to really get into this book. At first I just thought the book was a little slow getting started but it really is that the typeface is written small and that makes it harder to read for me. I had to really slow down and pay attention to get it all in until I adjusted to the smaller print. Once I realized that was what it was I couldn’t put this book down.
Etcheon is just 17 years old when the story begins and the day his beloved Granna dies his life starts to change and go somewhere he never could have imagined. He finds out that he is a prince after he is attacked and almost killed by some very hideous creatures. He is taken away to another time by the beautiful Taraini so that he can learn all he can to become the warrior he needs to be to save his parents that he has never met. He is thrown into the adventure of a lifetime! The enchanted animals teach him how to be kind, courteous, courageous, patient, learn to discern good from evil, how to lead an army, and many more virtues needed to be the Prince of the Hidden Kingdom.
This story is full of wizards, mystical creatures, hidden kingdoms, time travel, and of course my favorite – a great love story! This is a well written fantasy book that will be loved by all ages. It is clean and fun to read. You won’t want to put it down but stay up late and turn page after page until all hours of the night. I give this book 4 stars!