Today I am pleased to present a review of a late middle-school through high-school fantasy read from Russell Hasan.
Rob Seablue and the Eye of Tantalus
A unique twist that isn’t all focused on the “popular gang” at school and how to fit in at all costs. Hasan has created a character in Rob that is at 14, far more adult his age would suggest. Battling an evil within the school that spreads feelings of low self-worth, anxiety and depression to others, Rob maintains a steadfast presence within the school, showing the others how to take responsibility, both for their own actions and happiness, a truly adult view.
While none of the problems are dealt with simply or with stereotypical pat answers, the overwhelming attitude of self-acceptance and realization that everyone has something to offer. Just because one person may not agree, you need to know your path and not worry about that one person’s opinion.
A cleverly paced, written and engaging story. It proves that working at your problems and trying to be your best is more effective and helpful than just moping about. A well timed book for many in the age group, with characters in the story that are familiar and real.
Title: Rob Seablue and the Eye of Tantalus
Author: Russell Hasan
Published on: 5 January, 2014
Source: Author via Tour Company
Get Your Copy: Amazon
A magical curse has been unleashed and Connecticut teen Sorcerer Rob Seablue’s best friend has been seduced by evil magic. To save his best friend—and to save the world from his best friend—Rob will fight magical duels, decipher an ancient riddle, and help sad, depressed teenagers to be happy and self-confident so that the curse can’t destroy them. And he will wage a war against the evil magic all while seeing heavy metal rock shows, going on dates with his girlfriend, doing his homework, and avoiding getting grounded by his father for staying out late! A unique novel at the cutting edge intersection of teen urban fantasy and libertarian/objectivist fiction, this novel can be described as “Atlas Shrugged” meets “Harry Potter.”
"What more could a libertarian novel reader want? . . . The book is ingenious throughout and most ingenious at its end -- ingenious, I might add, without losing plausibility. Actually, the story continually becomes more plausible, as well as more exciting." - Stephen Cox, Editor, Liberty Magazine
A copy of this title was provided via Author via Tour Company for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.