Ato the Giant Slayer
As I read the blurb, I thought, "Here we go again! Another supernatural story chasing after some Harry Potter-like laurels." After the first few pages, I was glad I didn't discard it completely. I even somewhat felt guilty about, well, judging the book by its cover. The subject of loss and gain, sadness and happiness, the mundane and supramundane, are cleverly interwoven and its quite easy to identify with the character. I would suggest that before you write this book off, read the first few pages, have a few laughs, and who knows, before you can say heebeegeebees, you may have laughed your way to the end. This is indeed a diamond in the rough. have a good read.
I have already submitted this review on a website in London because I just love the book. Ato the Giant Slayer is a good mixture of reality, fantasy, adventure and comedy. I have read a lot of books with magicians, fairies, demons etc in it, but this is the first time I have a read a book that has a 'wacky' angel in it. I like the fact that the hero is not an extraordinary person but is an everyday boy facing the same problems boys and girls face every day in their lives. I also like the fact that he is black and not white like in many books. One lesson I learned from this book is that if I am bold and courageous, I can do whatever I set my mind to do. I have to believe and have faith in myself. If I don't do that nobody can do that for me. The ending is very good. Although I knew the villains would be stopped, I did not know how and was quite surprised. I read the whole book in one day because I couldn't put it down. My favorite line is when Ato exclaims Save the world? I am only seven! I cant even save myself from the bullies at school. Now I have to save the world and kill giants? You are kidding me, right? I think every one should read this book.
AMAZING!!! The story captures your attention from the very beginning but never gives a clue as to what might happen later in the book. Because of this every chapter is a surprise. The story of full of laughs, fantasy and adventure and the plot generally creates very good suspense. Although the way the bad guys are described in the book is funny, it also sends a shiver down your spine because it makes you think what they will do to the hero if they lay their hands on him. The hero goes through a few changes in his life: he most of all has to put behind him the pain of his father's death and also wash away from his mind that he is weird, as his class mates describe him. When he is able to do this, he becomes brave and is able to face his destiny. I believe that each of us can be giant slayers like Ato in our own ways. I am reading it again for the second time and I hope someone makes a movie about it.