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Ebook Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1-7355306-7-3
  • 243 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1-7355306-9-7
  • 243 pages
  • $14.99
Hardcover Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1-7355306-8-0
  • 243 pages
  • $19.99
Arty and The Forest of the Forsaken

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

When a dark wizard takes over Camelot, a young boy and his ragtag group of misfit friends must go on an epic quest to save their families and their kingdom. But first they must look past their own differences and learn to work together
Reviews
In this exciting middle grade fantasy debut, Jauregui, who works in visual effects on animated features, strikes the right balance between familiarity and novelty. The Arty of Arty and The Forest of the Forsaken is an Arthur, recently moved to the grand city of Camelot, where his father has found work as a blacksmith. There, Arty bands together with scrappy kids eager to become squires to knights. What they lack in noble pedigree, Arty and company (including Galahad, Gawain, Percy, and the bow expert Gwen) make up for in spirit, pledging themselves to the righteous protection of friends, family, and kingdom. The attitude of Camelot’s actual knights, meanwhile, is summed up by snobby squire Lance, who sneers at Arty, “Being a knight is about power, privilege, and nobility. Of which, you possess none.”

By the end, of course, Arty and friends will prove themselves, and a certain sword of legend might get yanked from its boulder. Jauregui’s quick, clever plot pits the heroes against a scheming wizard, a terrifying dragon, and sundry beasts of sea and forest. This Camelot lies in the fantasy playground of Atlium, alive with fairies, trolls and romantic settings for adventure, such as the Forsaken Forest, where Arty and friends face vivid (but not too scary) dangers. Older readers will enjoy the connections Jauregui draws between this unique vision of Arthurian legend and other myths.

Jauregui’s crisp, clear prose surges readers through his tale. He’s adept at quick sketches of character, offhandedly comic dialogue, and brisk, memorable action. Occasionally, when introducing the cast or laying out the scope of the world, Arty offers up a large lump of expository text; in other instances, the narrative occasionally bucks ahead too quickly for some emotional beats to resonante. Those minor pacing issues aside, though, this adventure will engross young readers and charm the adults who share it with them.

Takeaway: This playful take on Arthurian legend will delight middle grade fantasy fans.

Great for fans of: Roshani Chokshi’s Aru Shah and the End of Time, Jennifer A. Nielsen’s The False Prince.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A

Formats
Ebook Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1-7355306-7-3
  • 243 pages
  • $9.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1-7355306-9-7
  • 243 pages
  • $14.99
Hardcover Details
  • 12/2020
  • 978-1-7355306-8-0
  • 243 pages
  • $19.99

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