Tuesday, June 18, 2013

The Enchanted Skeen by Vonnie Winslow Crist

The Enchanted Skean – Book I of The Chronicles of Lifthrasir is a 430-page, Young Adult fantasy novel filled with action, adventure, and magic. 14-year old Beck Conleth is living a quiet life in the seaside town of Queen's Weather when his grandmother sends him on a journey to Ulfwood to retrieve his father's bones and a family skean (dagger). After reaching Ulfwood, Beck discovers the skean is magical, and that it answers only to him. Soon the enchanted skean and its owner attract the attention of dark mages, goblins, and worse. Helped on his journey home by Wisewomen, warriors, shape-changers, and the other good folk of Lifthrasir, Beck faces death, danger, and the theft of his skean.

Accompanied by his best friend, Beck stows away on a ship, takes back his skean, befriends a dragon, and escapes with a troop of retrievers of stolen items. After reaching a dock in West Arnora, the company heads for the fortress of Ravens Haunt. As Beck and his companions face a hideous Skullsoul and an army of ogerhunches, he realizes there is a developing confrontation between good and evil, and he and his enchanted skean have a role to play.
I'm happy to be reviewing The Enchanted Skeen here on my blog today. If you are a fan of fantasy novels, you may just want to check this one out.

I know the book is slated as YA but it really felt more along the middle grade lines a lot of the time. That wasn't a bad thing, I just feel like it may hold more appeal to the younger crowd.

I really liked Beck. He's a good boy, well mannered, loyal and smart. He's everything you look for in a male hero lead. Beck is young though and still learning a lot about the world he lives in. What I loved most about this book was how Beck made friends all along his adventure. Because he was polite and respectful of people, places and animals, he won people over. He made good allies that helped him along the road of his journeys.

This book had adventure, mystical creatures, enchantment, and evil lurking around every corner. It was a true representation of good vs evil and a very enjoyable read. My thanks to the author, Vonnie for allowing me to read and review her book. You can find The Enchanted Skeen <here>.


  1. Thanks for reviewing "The Enchanted Skean." I'm glad you enjoyed the book. - Vonnie

  2. good review!! so good to see this post!


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