‘Arkrealm: The Apprentice’ sure to thrill younger readers

“Arkrealm: The Apprentice,” by Dee Rayson. Copyright 2012, Balboa Press, 419 pages, $24.99 in paperback and $3.99 on E-books.

Reviewed by Kaitlin Gillespie
Times-News correspondent

   “Arkrealm: The Apprentice” is a story combining normal young-adult issues with an original twist on the natural world around us. Sandy Miller, age 15, is the protagonist of the story who is unprepared to take the journey prepared for her by the other beings called the Arketykes. Sandy is a trooper, though, and her voice is very soothing and optimistic, even if unintentional. The scene is set in Australia, where the author lives, and the surroundings only enhance the journey and details in the book.
The language in “Arkrealm: The Apprentice” is different than most books because the author uses the English spellings such as colour instead of color. The tone of the main character and the sayings are different as well, but the reader soon gets used to the language and enjoys the story. The book  is geared more toward younger adults who are still learning who they are and how they want to look at life. An interesting storyline and good message combine to produce a new series sure to thrill younger readers.

 Kaitlin Gillespie is a junior at Western Alamance High School and a Teens & Twenties writer.

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