Saturday, August 15, 2009

Greg Hart's Rather Unfortunate Demise by Bill Allen

The Harry Potter series received countless accolades for getting young people (and old) interested in reading again. Now, that we have reached the end of the series, how do we keep our kids interested in reading? Bill Allen's Greg Hart Trilogy is a set of humorous fantasy adventure books intended to do just that....

Greg Hart's Rather Unfortunate Demise:

When Greg receives a letter telling him not to go to Myrth, he is all too happy to oblige, especially since he is destined to die there if he returns. But Greg knows prophecies cannot be denied. If it has been foretold that he will lose his life, then he will surely do so, and each minute he delays may cost the life of one of his friends.

This time it is Witch Hazel Greg must face, and she holds the Amulet of Tehrer, an artifact of unimaginable power that lets her bend the will of dragons. Greg's only hope of defeating her is to elicit help from a man from the strange land of Gyrth, and then move on to the Netherworld, where children's body parts draw a high price for use in spells of Dark Magic.

Greg has already survived two trips to Myrth, but how can he be expected to survive a third? He can't, of course. The unalterable prophecy has already foretold his doom.

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Other books in the trilogy are Greg Hart Dragonslayer? and The Hero who Slayed Ruuan.

Ruuan is a very large dragon. Greg, on the other hand, is neither large nor a dragon. He's barely much of a boy. Unfortunately, such trivialities could never stop the people of Myrth from believing Greg will rescue King Peter's daughter from Ruuan. After all, Greg has been named in a prophecy, and no prophecy has ever been wrong before. Why, Greg wonders, does he have to be at the heart of the first one that is?

The Hero Who Slayed Ruuan. The Canarazas are fierce razor-toothed warriors who can run much faster than a man, or more to the point, much faster than Greg. Soon they will attack Pendegrass Castle, and according to prophecy, the "Hero who slayed Ruuan" will fight with the strength of ten men and make the difference that leads the king to victory. But no one slayed Ruuan. Greg knows the prophecy can't possibly be true -- except, of course, for that one little bit about him having to fight the Canarazas. Read more about all of Bill Allen's Books at

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