The Hunt for the Eye of Ogin (Winnitok Tales #1)

The Hunt for the Eye of Ogin (Winnitok Tales #1)
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10+
Release Date
February 23, 2010
ISBN
1556438222
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Elwood Pitch is only thirteen years old when he is carried away to the land of Winnitok, in the otherworld of Ehm. Desperate to find a way back home to his family, Elwood's one hope is Granashon, the land's immortal protector. But Granashon is missing, and her power that protects Winnitok is fading fast. When Elwood dreams of the Eye of Ogin, a legendary object with the power to see Granashon wherever she might be, he vows to find it. With his dog Slukee and two newfound companions, Drallah Wehr of Winnitok and her talking raven Booj, Elwood sets out on an epic quest. Legend states that the Eye was lost in the Great Swamp of Migdowsh, a land of nightmare ruled by a horrible frog demon known as the Otguk. The Great Swamp is far to the west, and a vast wilderness lies between the companions and their goal. Many dangers threaten them along the way-hungry nahrwucks, cruel green yugs and their Graycloak masters, a despotic girl queen and the powerful witch who counsels her-but by their wits and courage, as well as an unseen hand that seems to guide and protect them, the companions reach the Great Swamp at last. And then their troubles really begin… Will they find the Eye and Granashon? Will Elwood find a way home? And how will he live with the terrible truth the Great Swamp reveals to him? Patrick Doud brings memorable characters, poetic language, and a driving narrative to this timeless tale that recalls classic epic adventure stories.

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An Exciting and Entertaining Adventure
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The Hunt For The Eye of Ogin is a classic tale of adventure with sincere, endearing and often surprising character as well as just enough plot twists to keep the reader on his/her toes.  While The Hunt For The Eye Of Ogin starts a bit slowly, once the action begins the reader is irresistibly sucked into author Patrick Douds exciting and refreshingly original realm (think Woogans and Truans as opposed to the more cliché dwarves and elves).  In places, The Hunt For The Eye Of Ogin seems to be the typical, predictable adventure story, but Doud will often deviate from the expected story line with a sudden twist and the ending is both surprising and fitting.  Moreover, it is rare to have an author with such a clear love of language, and the poetic style with which Doud paints the story is both beautiful and effective (save for the odd sentence here and there that runs on a bit too long).  Overall, anyone interested in high adventure would do well to pick up/order The Hunt For The Eye Of Ogin; it is a thoroughly entertaining read and a promising beginning for the series to come.
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