The Stowaway: A YA adventure in the Forgotten Realms

fantasy book reviews science fiction book reviewsYA fantasy book reviews The Forgotten Realms Salvatore The Stone of Tymora 1. The StowawayThe Stowaway by R.A. & Geno Salvatore

FORGOTTEN REALMS books are good for a quick, fun read, where I don’t normally expect a lot of character development and the world has been built so well that you can download maps of the different cities. The Stowaway is a perfect example: a quick, light YA adventure through well-known areas of a well-developed world.

The Stowaway begins with a young child being saved from certain death by a group of noble, powerful people. Maimun, a young orphan, grows up under the sheltering protection of a female druid and later a male magic user/adventurer named Perrault. Maimun is a classic example of the unloved, sarcastic, scared kid whose adventures are the center of the story.

The Stowaway spans a fair amount of the FORGOTTEN REALMS world. Maimun is under constant threat from an evil demon who is seeking to steal a special stone that was Maimun’s since birth. The constant pursuit and the threat of being caught keep the story hopping, and R.A. and Geno Salvatore don’t get into any great philosophical or epic events. It’s just a race to survive — with a legendary FORGOTTEN REALMS character, heroic dark elf Drizzt Do’Urden, making a cameo appearance.

On the whole, The Stowaway is average. It’s fun, sure, but it’s not something that I would set aside anything else to read. The Salvatores just give you a nice “take on a plane and distract yourself” story. Sometimes, that’s exactly what you need.

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