Sunday, February 9, 2014

Quest For The Red Sapphire Book Review

I have a really good YA Fantasy book to share with you called Quest For The Red Sapphire written by Rival Gates.
Former General Linvin Grithinshield returns home to find his parents murdered and a price on his head. Through his wise Uncle Anvar he discovers his destiny is to find and master the legendary Red Sapphire. In his flight from danger and ensuing quest he must fight man-eating wolves, goblins, bandits, a dragon and worse of all, his cousins.  
Will he find the gem before the murderers do? Will he prove worthy of the gem at all? Can one half-elf truly make a difference for many?
If you love reading YA Fantasy, then you will need to get this book and read it! I loved it and I have to say, the more I read, the more I tried to get it finished so I could find out what was going to happen to these 4 men who set out on this daunting mission to find the Red Sapphire.
It's not filled with bad language or any inappropriate situations. As a matter of fact, there is no girl whatsoever in this book. I guess they are too busy staying alive for either of them to have time for a girl!
It's one action packed adventure after another. Seems like everyone wants to kill them for different reasons. They only ran across one group of loggers in the whole book who liked them and all the others had to be watched like hawks or risk being killed.
Linvin's father was the one who started this whole quest about him being the one man who could use the fabled Red Sapphire to help people and he made it his life's mission to get all the tools that Linvin would need in his quest. Unfortunately, Linvin's parents, both mother and father were killed for these treasures and Linvin never got to reunite with his father after being sent away when he was young to be trained as a great soldier.
There are lots of different creatures in the book from elves, drawfs, dragons, goblins and one other monster like thing that I can't even pronounce let alone spell. Then add the human factor and it seems like a lot of different things and people want these 4 people dead or captured before Linvin gets his hands on the Red Sapphire.
Like I said earlier, it really is a good book but be warned, this is just the first book and he is still nowhere near finding the Red Sapphire. I will be patiently waiting for the next book so I can see where this all goes!
Happy Reading!
About the Author:
I was born in Port Huron, MI and was the youngest of four surviving children. At the age of five my Father took a position as a magazine editor in Toronto, Ontario Canada. We moved to a large city just outside Toronto called Mississauga. The different cultures and demographics to which I was exposed formed many of the ideas for my story.

When I was thirteen, my Father's declining health forced him out of work and our family struggled. It was at that time that I decided to channel my negative energy into a constructive purpose. I set out to write a short story about a magical gem called the Red Sapphire. My brothers teased me that such a stone was simply a ruby. That irony was part of the attraction for me. After all, who would be writing about a Red Sapphire? Years went by and we moved down to my Father's home town of Harrow, Ontario on the shores of Lake Erie. It was a drastic change from city life and I found myself retreating more and more into my ever growing story. By age fifteen I had a two-hundred page hand written manuscript.

Advancing from high school to college at Michigan State University there was little time for writing and the project sat in a drawer in my parent's home. In spite of my lack of attention to writing, every night I would fall asleep working out details of the book and the series to follow.
I met a wonderful woman at Michigan State who agreed after graduation to become my wife. As we started our family I began a career in retail management and sales. For over twenty years I excelled in the field and even incorporated some of my knowledge into the book. I hold my position in the greatest esteem.
Disclaimer: Mary Bearden personally reviewed these products. I did not receive any monetary compensation for my review, just a sample product. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from you.


Sally Bridges said...

I will be buying this book! I love fantasy novels and this sounds so good! I love books about quests and travels!