Cobble Cavern is an exciting, middle grade adventure that introduces us to Flin, the main character in the Flin's Destiny series. This fantasy novel was originally self published in a three book volume. Cedar Fort has picked up the series and will be releasing the next two books later this year. Two additional volumes will be released in the succeeding years.
The first thing I liked about this book was the creative names. Flin, Sump, Flowell, Pilt are just a few of the unique monikers featured. They remind me of Harry Potter names and seemed to fit the individual characteristics and attributes of each character.
I also enjoyed the way the book mixed realistic characters with fantastic situations. The relationships, interactions, and conversations between the group of kids were very relatable to today's youth. The issues they deal with including bullying, crushes, and friendships, are something we have all experienced. Flin sets a good example in the way he handles these situations by helping others, leading when necesary, and being a loyal friend.
The fantasy elements of the story were extremely creative and would be right at home in a child's imagination. I loved the new underground world that developed throughout the story and am anxious to know more about it and "Flin's Destiny".
Cobble Cavern is an easy, fun, and exciting read full of mythical creatures, non-stop adventure, and relatable characters. It will appeal to young readers, especially boys, and spark their vivid imaginations.
Book #2, Garden of the Lost Souls, which will be released in July 2012.