Return to Now, Book One: The Infant Prince

Rated 5.00/5 based on 5 reviews
Book 1 of the fantasy adventure series.

Bullied middleschooler Jack Grayson has always felt as though he doesn't really belong in this world. As it turns out, he's right. He is actually from a magical otherworld called the Now. And now, he must return to the land of his birth to save it from a living abomination that oozes its way across the realm, corrupting the land and enslaving its people. More

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About Brian Shepp

"Return to Now" is Brian's first foray into the field of fantasy fiction. In the past, he has been a painter and fine artist, an award-winning indie filmmaker, screenwriter, and children's theater actor. He intends to be many other things in the future.

"What is literature
but the expression of moods
by the vehicle of symbol and incident?

And are there not moods
which need heaven, hell, purgatory,
and faeryland
for their expression,
no less than this dilapidated earth?

Nay, are there not moods which shall find no expression
unless there be men who dare to mix heaven, hell, purgatory,
and faeryland together...

Let us go forth, the tellers of tales, and seize
whatever prey the heart long for,
and have no fear.
Everything exists,
everything is true,
and the earth is only a little dust under our feet."

- W. B. Yeats

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Orion Honeywolf reviewed on Nov. 9, 2011

A+! Character driven, clever, and other worldy. A world exists here that is so foreign to our own, but very close to our hearts' inner landscapes. It is ours and largely speaks of the trouble and times we are currently experiencing: bullies, self-doubt, destruction of the earth, and ruthless leaders. The biggest issue I had with the Now was wanting more, NOW! I can't wait to read the next installments in the series and have all my unanswered questions answered. What will happen next is plaguing me because Jack, Tija'l, and the Now have truly become a part of my daily thoughts and a part of my life.
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Van Veloso reviewed on Aug. 27, 2011

Truly a wonderful read. The characters were engaging--a great blend of classic archetypes of myth and folklore with a modern sensibility reminiscent of Charles de Lint. The story was epic in feel due in large part to the beautifully rendered landscapes of the created world as well the urgency of the protagonist's mission; epic in a way similar to Tolkien or C.S. Lewis. But despite some of these comparisons, make no mistake, this is a novel that is wholly unique and wholly enjoyable
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Edward Keller reviewed on Aug. 20, 2011

I read this book with my 12 year old and we both really enjoyed it and are anxious to read the next installment. The story line is captivating and the writing is very visual - a plus for the fantasy world created by the author. Recommended for kids especially those who like fantasy and good adventure tales.
(reviewed 80 days after purchase)
Terrence Hollingsworth reviewed on Aug. 18, 2011

For those readers who feasted on Tolkien and were left feeling a bit undernourished by the Harry Potter books, this series might provide a healthy meal. The world has a richness and nicely evokes a kind of parallel reality...a deft choice is the structuring of the character's names which reminds me of how you could "feel" the character in the Tolkien books through their names. The textures and descriptive narrative are also perfectly pitched for the young adult crowd. I predict that the "Return to Now" series will quickly gather a cult following.
(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Kristine Wyatt reviewed on Aug. 17, 2011

I loved this book, which surprised me because 1) I have pretty high standards, and 2) I'm not generally a fan of fantasy or science fiction. It is extremely well-written, and the story line is both imaginative and exciting. In fact, I had trouble putting it down and read it in two sittings, ignoring my huge to-do list. I am the director of an elementary school, and I will be buying some copies for the students, as I know they will enjoy it as much as I did and will benefit from its portrayals and message. I absolutely recommend "Return to Now, Book One" for both adults and children.
(reviewed 2 days after purchase)

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