The Circle of Tivedon
By Ryan Shorten
254 pages – ages 13+
Published by CreateSpace on October 3, 2012
Jayl and his sister Myah can’t wait to go to school in Tivedon! The school is taught by the elders of Tivedon, known as “The Circle of Tivedon.” When they get there they both love the school and quickly make friends with some classmates. The teachers at the school were nice and the classes were fun. Everything seemed to be going great! But everything changes when an ancient evil rises again (Lord Rimyaroth). An evil that will start a war. Two people at Tivedon are murdered, including an elder. Soon Jayl does not know who to trust and the whole world is thrown into chaos as he is wrongly accused of the crimes. Myah, a royal daughter and a teacher go off to try to stop the war. Jayl finds out there is a magical talisman that can help stop the ancient evil, but he has to find it with the “help” of two really mean kids from school. Another group tries to find allies to help battle Lord Rimyaroth. Will things ever be peaceful again?
I want to say first off, I really enjoyed this story and would be happy to read the next book in the series. This is a kind of funny (meaning odd – not ha ha) review because, this book started slow for me and at times I found myself putting the book down, but also wanting to continue the story. There is a lot going on in the plot (I even had trouble writing a summary of the story). I think because of the killing (not graphic, but still murders) and the complicated plot (reading level), I would recommend the book to kids 13+. The world created by Mr. Shorten (Tiertyn) was great. He described it very well and I could imagine myself there. The action and adventure in the book was described well and was exciting. The characters were good, but there’s not one that really stuck out for me, but they are all very likeable. The story is a fantasy story, and I think kids who like that genre will enjoy this book, but it definitely isn’t for a reluctant reader or a reader who can’t stick with a story.
Four out of five for this good book with a complicated plot!