Talismen: The Knightmare Knife

Four young men find themselves immersed in a land of dreams and nightmares in this engaging novel by Steven Phillip Jones and Barbara Jacobs.

Timmy, Ollie, Colin and Reggie have had relatively normal lives, that is until their twelfth birthday when they share a nightmare that leads them to an exciting new world.

I was not sure what to expect when I picked up this book. Would it remind me of Potter perhaps or possibly more of a Percy feel. Wheat I found was a totally new and delightfully original story.

The boys are unique and individual, each one lending their own splash of flair to the tale. Timmy is the quiet one who always tries so hard to control his temper and not let things get to him. Ollie is the protector of the group, a warrior at heart who is strongly bonded to Timmy. Colin is the paladin type of the group, filled with sorrow but striving for goodness, and Reggie is the slightly arrogant Prince type of the group. Add in the lovely Jennifer who seems to balance out the boys, at the same time causing a shadow of conflict that will be interesting to watch develop.

I thoroughly enjoyed the story of the young exiles. The conflicts of the story were well written and intriguing. While the lands of dreams and nightmeres were vividly described and seemed to jump off the page.

I cannot wait for the next installment of the boy’s story. 

Book Blurb for Talismen: The Knightmare Knife

Colin Sinclair, Reggie Sinclair, Ollie Steele, and Timmy Shannon have never had a dream in their lives, but on their twelfth birthday they share the same nightmare about a vicious dragon and a mysterious orange-haired girl.

The next day strange things begin happening to the boys. Monsters appear in school water fountains. A hellhound prowls city streets. And a green man dressed in gold stalks the boys. Danger is suddenly everywhere and it is closing in all around them. Fast.

Talismen: The Knightmare Knife is the first in a series of illustrated Young Adult fantasy adventures that follows Colin, Reggie, Ollie and Timmy -- four boys from Earth -- as they discover they are exiles from the Plain of Imaginings, the land where all dreams and nightmares come from. With the help of a dream warrior name Pratt and his young daughter Jennifer, the four exiles must find their talisman, magical objects that can protect the exiles from the green man, who has a dark and secret need for vengeance. Pratt and Jennifer also hope to guide the boys to a great destiny IF they can master their talismans. For instance, Colin must master a knife that assaults his mind with nightmarish images each time he draws it. Images that include the recent murder of Colin’s father by a mugger with a knife.

With beautiful illustrations by co-creator and co-plotter Barb Jacobs, Talismen: The Knightmare Knife is a fantasy for people of all ages who are young in heart and ready for action!

Night Owl Reviews Jul, 2010 5.00