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The Myths of Dymos: Power of Vedion. Glenn, David. (2010). The Myths of Dymos: Power of Vedion. Tate Publishing. ISBN-10: 1616632577. Litland recommends age 10-14 but content appropriate for all ages. 

Publisher’s description: Time is always moving. Eras rise and fall. Creatures appear and vanish. Civilizations are born, then crumble. But what never dies off is hope for life… For young Josun, life in Thrystinove is peaceful and happy–despite frequent visits from his abrasive aunt and his abusive cousins. However, when a Great Lizard appears close to the village, Josun’s way of life is threatened. In this first installment of The Myths of Dymos, an ancient order of knights–mortal enemies of Josun’s people–has found its way into Josun’s world and will stop at nothing to destroy the land of Bylouth. To save his home and all that he cares about, Josun must find an artifact that could be the key to the safety of his people. Along the way, he adds many interesting people and creatures to his band of traveling companions. Throughout the quest, Josun must learn about courage, honor, friendship, love, and hope in order to master the Power of Vedion.

 Beginning in England in the year 530 A.D., the characters and their challenge are introduced: non-believers of magic are close to eliminating it permanently. The only answer: escape to a new, unknown world: Dymos. 

Fast forward, then, to the year 2005 A.D., and the Magic Bane’s knights have found a way to cross over from the old world into Dymos, still bent on destroying all magic. Our hero, Josun, steps up to the challenge to save their world as they know it. While traveling along the route to Myriad Mountains, our full band of heroes form. From literary favorites of fairy tales and fantasy, we have ogres, trolls, dwarves, elves, fairies, nymphs, unicorns, centaurs, and magical swords. Added to the mix, however, are the creatures invented for this series that are visions of real dinosaurs. The Great Lizard, which causes the disruption to begin with, is the Greek meaning to the real dinosaur name megalosaurus. The author has incorporated about 3 dozen dinosaur-ish creatures into the store. The mix of known and unknown certainly provide colorful characters to which boys and girls alike will be drawn.  And while there is a traditional medieval romance between the hero and the princess, don’t worry boys…the story is all adventure! 

Glenn has nicely woven together a diverse cast of characters with description of place and events such that the reader can easily put themselves into the story. If the thought of reading a Tolkein-like epic seems overwhelming, or you just dabble in fantasy and don’t want to immerse yourself into heaving reading, then this story is for you. Showing rather than telling, the author gives us the right amount of detail at a consistent, quick pace so the story never drags. This also might be of interest to reluctant readers or younger, gifted readers starting to read above their age group (but not yet interested in reading books as thick as a stack of bibles!). 

Classroom and homeschool teachers can use this to bring imagination to their unit on paleontology and tie in literature through fantasy and myth. While content is appropriate for all ages, wording may be difficult for younger readers. However, a classroom teacher should feel comfortable reading it to their class or having it available for students with higher reading levels. 

The Myths of Dymos would also serve family book clubs or reading nights as it is an attractive storyline for all ages. Very young family members can be encouraged to read their own dinosaur tale and see if they can guess which dinosaur lives in Dymos. Can they find a  Near Lizard or Great Horn in their book? What dino in their book does not live in Dymos? What Dymos name would they give it? Children of all ages can be encouraged to interpret the story by drawing their own visions of the characters or scenes. They also can be encouraged to create their own radio broadcast: simply purchase an inexpensive microphone for your computer http://ow.ly/3vwzi   and download a free program such as Audacity http://audacity.sourceforge.net/  .

See more of our ideas for parents and teachers on the Litland.com website Parents and Teachers pages.

 Final word: an enjoyable, well written story that will be liked by both boys and girls, content appropriate for the entire family with reading difficulty geared towards middle school readers. Have fun with it!

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