I am an avid rpg (role-playing game) player whether it be on computer, tabletop or console. I just enjoy having an adventure. The Eye of Tanub is an adventure. Alex and his sister Lauren are portaled into the world of Terratir, which happens to be the game that Alex plays. Alex is so excited to be there where Lauren, well not so much. She is very stuck up and into herself. She dislikes her little brother and I think pretty much anyone who isn't just like her. She is very annoying but every book needs one right? I would totally be Alex though if I got ported to Azeroth in World of Warcraft. I have been playing since beta and I love, love my toons and the world they live in. Unfortunately, I don't get to play as much anymore. You know that adult stuff gets in the way. This book made me all giddy and making me feel like I was back playing.
Alex sees one of his "toons" (playable character within a game) and gets all excited. His character Dardanos is a high level warrior and he is very moody but tough. He and Lauren start a relationship later but I wasn't huge on the romance aspect. I was more into the story of questing and doing certain objectives. Wait, that is what I like in WoW too. They find another "toon" of Alexs named Flitwicket who is a priestess. Love that name. My poor priest in WoW would hate me for calling her Spaanky instead of something really cool. Flitwicket helps Lauren become a priestess as well and Alex trains to become a maverick which I think would be the equivalent to a rogue.
They get a quest to get the Eye of Tanub and well this starts them on a very fun and amazing adventure. I love that it was told by Lauren through her writing a journal after they return. Alex also gets to put his two cents in when Lauren lets him or he steals it and just starts writing in pen to Laurens chagrin. They two perspectives make the book even more of an adventure and you really get both of their views on what actually went down. I don't want to spoil anything because it is just a fun read.
I would recommend this to anyone 12 and up, teens, adventurers, rpg players and anyone who likes a good story set in a fantasy land. This is the first book and part two will be out Dec 19th 2014. You will not have to wait too long for another adventure.
(review of free book)