Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Song of Unmaking by D. Barkley Briggs - Reviewed by my teen son! And a HUGE contest!

About the Book: (from the publisher Living Ink Books)
In a frozen, bitter land, hope and fear collide.

The dreadful Goths have invaded Röckval, testing the strength of Bitterland's ruler. Meanwhile, the Barlow brothers are growing stronger and stronger in their powers—all except for Ewan, who traded his gift away to save the life of his friends.

Soon it becomes clear that the Goths are the least of their worries. A terrible machine is being built high atop Mount Vishgar, above Röckval, where the raging winds never cease. If the machine really does release the Song of Unmaking, what will happen? Can Arthur lay aside his grief and once more become a great leader of men? And what is the mysterious Doorless Tower, Nein Dyrr?

As Kr'Nunos grows more bold, the Barlow brothers take their stand with the viks of the north. Yet it is Ewan alone who must answer the question: Is any music stronger than the most powerful song of destruction the world has ever known?

Review by my 17-year-old son:
The Song of Unmaking is the third book of the exciting Legends of Karac Tor series. In this third installment, the Barlow brothers are getting stronger in their powers as they seek a way back to the "real" world from Karac Tor. They are tested in this sadventure as Kr'Nunos unleashes a new weapon that threatens to unmake all of Karac Tor.

The Song of Unmaking is a fun and enjoyable read for any teen wanting to go on an adventure. D. Barkley Briggs is an excellent writer and did an outstanding job on The Song of Unmaking. I would recommend this book to teens and anyone who enjoys an exciting adventure.

About the Author:
Dean Barkley Briggs is an author, father of eight, and prone to twisting his ankle playing basketball. He grew up reading J.R.R. Tolkien, C.S. Lews, Patricia McKillip, Guy Gavriel Kay, Stephen R. Donaldson, Ursila K. Leguin, Susan Cooper, Madeline L'Engle, Terry Brooks, Andre Norton and Lloyd Alexander (just to name a few)...and generally thinks most fantasy fiction pales in comparison. (Yes, he dabbled in sci-fi, too. Most notably Bradbury, Burroughs and Heinlein).

After losing his wife of 16 years, Briggs decided to tell a tale his four sons could relate to in their own journey through loss. Thus was born The Legends of Karac Tor, a sweeping adventure of four brothers who become enmeshed in the crisis of another world and along the way, must find their courage, battle overwhelming odds, face their pain, and never quit searching for home.

In God's timing, beauty and joy arose in the real world, too. Briggs remarried a lovely redhead named Jeanie, who previously lost her husband in an auto accident. Together with her four children, their hands are quite full, and they spend each day grateful for their eight blessings.

The Book of Names is the first book in The Legends of Karac Tor.
Corus the Champion is the second. Both are in stores now!
The Song of Unmaking
arrives Fall, 2011.


D. Barkley Briggs loves fantasy novels. He is, after all, a fantasy novelist himself. He is about to make one fan's fantasy come true. Briggs is giving away, not just one of his books, but a complete young adult fantasy library from 15 top authors. “The Fantasy Prize Pack Giveaway" contains forty-­‐eight (48) of the best YA Christian fantasy novels on the planet, plus a brand new Kindle Fire™...FREE! But that's not all. Second Place gets a FREE iPod™ Shuffle. Briggs has also collected several mini-­‐prizes, including dragon jewelry and children's books. To enter, participants must upload at least one photo of themselves reading a book from Briggs’ Legends of Karac Tor series (The Book of Names, Corus the Champion, or The Song of Unmaking) to his Facebook page.

The contest launches Nov. 1 and concludes Nov. 30. For official rules, visit deanbriggs.com.

Fantasy Prize Pack

Lisa Bergren: Waterfall Cascade Torrent

Dennis Jernigan: Captured

Scott Appleton: Swords of Six Offspring

Jonathan Rogers: The Secret of the Swamp King, The Bark Of The Bog Owl, The Way of the Wilderking

D. Barkley Briggs: The Book of Names, Corus the Champion, The Song of Unmaking

Ted Dekker: Elyon, Infidel, Chosen, Chaos, Lunatic

C.S. Lakin: The Wolf of Tebron, The Map Across Time

Donita K. Paul: Dragons of the Valley,Dragons of Chiril, Dragons of the Watch

Jeffrey Overstreet: Auralia's Colors, Cyndere's Midnight, Raven's Ladder,The Ale Boy's Feast

Wayne Thomas Batson: Sword in the Stars, The Errant King

W.T. Batson & Christopher Hopper: Curse of the Spider King, Venom and Song

Bryan Davis: Eye of the Oracle, Enoch's Ghost, The Last of the Nephilim


Madeleine L'Engle: A Wrinkle In Time, Wind in the Door,A Swiftly Tilting Planet,Many Waters

Lloyd Alexander: The Black Cauldron, Book of Three, The Castle Llyr, Taran Wanderer
The High King

Susan Cooper: Over Sea, Under Stone, The Dark is Rising, Greenwich, The Grey King
Silver on the Tree

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