Fantastic Friday: Albrek's Tomb by M.L. Forman

ALBREK'S TOMB (Adventurers Wanted, book 3)
written by M.L. Forman
Shadow Mountain, 2012
ISBN: 978-1-60908-892-7
491 p.
Grades 5-8
Reviewed from personal copy.

BLURB: Two thousand years ago, the dwarf Albrek went looking for new mines in the land of Thraxon in the hopes of becoming rich-and vanished. Now the dwarves must find Albrek's magical Ring of Searching before their mines run dry, a possibility which threatens the livelihood of the entire dwarf realm.

Alexander Taylor joins a familiar company of adventurers on a quest to discover what happened to Albrek, find his mythical tomb, and locate the lost talisman.

But finding the ring may be the least of the adventurers' problems once they cross paths with an ancient, wandering paladin, Bane, who warns of a great evil working in all of the known lands. Following in Albrek's footsteps, Alex and his friends travel to the haunted Isle of Bones, where a mysterious creature lurks in a deserted village, to the cursed city of Neplee, where the dwarfs are hunted by the undead hellerash, and through the shadow of an empty oracle's tower, where a whispered legend is about to come true.
This is one of my favorite series. For me this is a series that I could read over and over again and still not have enough. I love the way Forman sets things up plotwise.  His characters feel real, almost like real friends.  I like how the characters learn and grow and develop throughout the story.  It would be nice if there was more information about some of the secondary characters, but overall Forman does a nice job with his characters.  The plots follow a quest format, but the things that Alex and his friends encounter are presented in such a novel way that the book feels fresh and new.  The fact that Alex keeps facing more and more difficult challenges mirrors an adolescent's growth to adulthood.  My favorite parts of the book were when Alex, a wizard, changed himself into a creature that could fly.  I read these parts wishing I too could turn myself into an eagle (or other flying creature) and experience the freedom and beauty of flight.  Some of my other favorite parts revolve around a plot twist that I didn't see coming and which I won't mention specifically here, I don't want to spoil the book for you, just know that it is an awesome plot twist.  I was sad to see this book end.  I wanted it to go on forever.  It was like saying goodbye to dear friends.  Unfortunately, I'll have to wait another year or more to read more about Alex and his friends.  Luckily I have other great books to read in the meantime.  I highly recommend this book to fans of high fantasy, especially quest related stories.


  1. I am impressed with your blog and your book reviews. I would love for you to do a review of my new book, Promises. It's a middle grade historical fiction novel, with a touch of mystery, adventure, and romance (as much as you can have for a 12 to 15 year old). It comes out March 24th.

    You are welcome to check it out on my website, to see if it is something you might be interested in reading and reviewing. If you are, I'd love to hear back from you. If you are too busy, or this is not a book you'd rather review, I certainly understand and I appreciate you letting me take your time with this letter.

    Carolyn Twede Frank


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