If any of you are Land Of Elyon fans, you might be sorely disappointed in this review. I had never read, or heard of these books, and I don’t generally read a lot of YA Fantasy. For those in the know, this is actually the fourth book in the series, but not really. I believe it is supposed to be a stand alone prequel, but happens to set up events in the fifth book? I am not entirely sure how it works. I am certain these books would be better if read in order, so take this review with that understanding.
Into the Mist is about two brothers Thomas and Roland Warvold and some misadventures they encounter as children. Presumably, we’ve already been introduced to these characters in the first four Land of Elyon books and are eager to know about their lives. I didn’t have that interest so I went into the whole scenario with a ‘meh’ attitude. The story itself is interesting, two orphan boys with mysterious knee tattoos. They manage to escape the dismal circumstances in which they live to go on a series of adventures and become instrumental in battling the forces of darkness. Nothing terribly new there, but a good formula and one that works.
The most troublesome portions of the book (and I suspect that they wouldn’t be troublesome if I’d actually read the books in the order written) have to do with Alexa Daley, the main character of the other books. The entire story of the Warvold brothers is told through flashbacks and when the reader goes back to ‘real’ time, it isn’t a smooth transition. I also find that not caring about Alexa hindered my ability to form an attachment with the book in general. Finally, towards the end of the book, I found myself sucked in.
Overall it was a good middle grade book. I am not sure it translates to the adult reader but I think that kids or tweens could really get into the saga. If I find the time I might seek out the other books and actually read them correctly.