Author: Veronica R. Tabares
Publisher: Sun Break Publishing
Publication Date: February 2008
Reviewed by: Emily LaBelle
Review Date: December 11, 2009
Behold the Eye: Braumaru is a great fantasy novel for young readers. The main character, Vickie, is a 6th grade girl, making this book suitable for readers around that age. Vickie is an ambitious young student who is bored with everyday life; so she, with the help of her friends, sets out to write a book. Her friends arenít as eager about the opportunity as she is at first. She wants her book to be a bestseller, full of suspense and thrills but most of all; she wants it to be a true story. When this group of friends discovers another world, through Vickieís dreams, they get just what they need to write their story.
Micah is a young boy living in the land of Braumaru, a world where all the inhabitants are blessed with special gifts. Micah, a 15 year old boy, has yet to find out what his gift will be. Micah and Vickie, and their two worlds, are linked through their dreams. A man named Roland, a janitor in Vickieís world, is determined to use their powers to gain access to the world of Braumaru, where his ancestors were kings. Roland believes he will be exalted in Braumaru, if he ever manages to get there.
The story takes on many different points of view which draws the reader in. The chapterís alternate between the world of Braumaru and Vickieís world. This constant switch between the real world and the dream world entices one to continue rapidly turning the pages. All the characters, Micah, Vickie and Vickieís group of friends, are relatable to every kind of reader. Author Veronica R. Tabares clearly has a good idea of the 6th grade psyche as she writes convincingly from this point of view. This is definitely a great book for a young reader. The story is very original, captivating and fast paced; it is definitely well worth the read. Readers have more to look forward to with the publication of two sequels that continue Micah and Vickieís journey.
Quill Says: Behold the Eye: Braumaru is an exciting fantasy story for younger readers.