Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥
The Talisman is novel about a boy’s journey across the country. Of course, if you know anything about these authors, you know that the novel is not as simple as that sentence just made it sound. Sure, it is the story of a boy and he sure is heading across the country, but we’re talking King and Straub here. There is much more to the story than that.
The Talisman revolves around a world that is decidedly King’s creation. The main character Jack is a boy of 12 who is somehow the keeper of two worlds that are connected, but somehow different. Those two worlds are the world we know and one known as the Territories. He must save both worlds and his mother in both worlds from an evil man named Morgan. Morgan Sloat here, Morgan of Orris there. He must save these worlds and his mother(s) by finding the item on which all worlds, many more than these two, rely. This item is the Talisman and it is kept a country away from Jack within an evil castle that will try everything to stop Jack from getting his hands on it.
Peter Straub and Stephen King manage to weave a world that is both horrific and beautiful in the Territories. They also manage to remind us of what is horrific and what is beautiful in our world. The reader cannot help but become engrossed in Jack’s journey as we see him weave his way through both worlds, faltering at times, but always full of inner strength. Like a good fantasy novel, The Talisman has heroes of unlikely sorts and evils beyond comprehension. It is gripping, it is gruesome, it is sweet and it is charming in all of its complexity. There is a sequel as well. It is called The Black House. I just grab this book, knowing that I love the way Stephen King writes and this book did not disappoint (which they have yet to do!). I’m not sure when I will get around to reading the second one as I am trying to finish up the book I am giving away at World Book Night America as well as a book of my featured author of the month for March! Happy reading!!