Roy G. Edwards was homeschooling his two daughters one afternoon in 2005, amid a terrible spring lightning storm, when he had an idea for a children’s book. Disturbed by the tremendous amount of witchcraft and the occult found in Harry Potter and similar children’s books, the author decided to create a somewhat similar portrayal of character and events for the story of Eafin Lokdore. Having been also greatly influenced by Tolkien and Lewis, Edwards set about creating a story that was deeply imbued with underlying Biblical imagery.
Eafin Lokdore is a fifteen-year-old peasant boy who is apprenticed to the good sage Methusass in the kingdom of Lorrimoor. With the help of his young friends Seth, Jimbo, and Ralph, he sets out on a quest to save their homeland from a renewed advancement of their age-old enemy, the Maggorians who, directed by the evil sage Dredmon and several other vile characters, try to take control of the kingdom. I like the book because of its classic good versus evil plot. It is a very interesting and quite readable story.
Some people may be turned off by the somewhat eccentric style of writing with an overabundance of passive verbs and a rather quaint vocabulary (for example, people’s thoughts were often said to be “graven”), but this is simply a matter of style. Mildly objectionable language was present (d*** and h***) , always used by “bad” guys, but Edwards says that in the rewrite for final publication all objectionable language will be removed. I think that the story could have been helped by more character and plot development, but the author claims there will be more in future books (this is the first of a trilogy). Also according to the author, a professional editor will also correct the many annoying grammatical errors for the final rewrite.
I do not have any major objections to the story, and I do like the emphasis on the clash between good and evil. Availability through conventional bookstores such as Borders and Barnes & Noble should begin after the final rewrite is done.