When young Aster Wood is pulled through the cosmos to a place no one on Earth knows exists, he discovers an enchanted world unlike anything he s ever dreamed of Here, the grass grows green, the wolves glow like the full moon, and wizards play with ancient magic And Aster, sick his whole life, is healthy again.Now, he must chase down the long lost sorcerer, Almara, to disWhen young Aster Wood is pulled through the cosmos to a place no one on Earth knows exists, he discovers an enchanted world unlike anything he s ever dreamed of Here, the grass grows green, the wolves glow like the full moon, and wizards play with ancient magic And Aster, sick his whole life, is healthy again.Now, he must chase down the long lost sorcerer, Almara, to discover the truth about his family s past, and to learn what is yet to come for Earth s future.But he must work fast if he wants to survive Almara left not only clues, but enemies behind If Aster loses the race to find him, and the enemy captures him first, he may never see Earth again.
Aster Wood is spending the summer with his grandmother and accidentally uncovers a whole new world. What follows is a book full of action, adventure and plenty of fun. This was such a great read. I loved pretty much everything about it and can't wait for the next book to come to audio :) Aster was a great hero. He has a heart condition and is considered weak etc at home. He isn't able to run or take part in anything physical plus he has no friends, but that all changes when he goes to his grandm [...]
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Would you like to read a book where the character randomly “jumps” across the universe? In the book, Aster Wood and the Lost Maps of Almara, by J.B. Cantwell a boy named Aster follows in his great great grandfather’s steps across the universe. When I read this book the genres of, fantasy, fiction, and adventure came into mind and hooked me into reading it.The plot in this story is a boy with a heart disorder is rummaging around in his grandma’s attic, because he was bored and looking for [...]
Aster WoodThis is the first novel of the Almara series and a terrific mid-sized novel. Master is eleven or twelve and goes to the farm to be with his grandmother for the eight weeks of summer, the he discovers the attic and the adventurers begin. A quest begins to find Almara a magician and his great grandfather many times removed. There is an evil man failed with smoke, Jade a nine year girl who is over two hundred years old and his aunt. Oh what fun and this is only the first book!
Maybe more like 3.5I did enjoy this book. I liked Aster as a main character, and the story world is unique. The concept of the Fold and the way they traveled through links seemed a bit like the tessering in A Wrinkle in Time. I thought making the setting on Earth somewhat futuristic and dystopian while having Aster move into a fantasy world was original. And his series of adventures would definitely appeal to this age group.On of the issues I had, though, was the jumpiness of the story--yes, I g [...]
I bought this book to read with my young daughter. I’m not sure what I expected, perhaps something more juvenile and silly. What I found was a little treasure of a book. Aster is a young boy who, very reluctantly, goes to visit his Grandmother. He’s a sickly lad who struggles with self-esteem issues and how to relate to his peers. While visiting his grandmother, he stumbles upon another world. A world in which he is different, a world where he stands out, a world that holds close and mysteri [...]
I picked this up on a whim--hey, it was free, and it has a good cover. I didn't expect to enjoy it too much.When I started reading, I thought I'd made a mistake and grabbed a dystopian. Earth's dying, the rain is poison, and Aster, our hero, has a heart condition. Then he teleported to a different planet, and things started looking up.A series of worlds joined together by proximity in a folded space? AWESOME. A scavenger hunt for artifacts/maps that teleport the seeker to the vicinity of the nex [...]
Aster Wood is devastated about spending the summer with his grandmother in the middle of nowhere. But his boring isolation becomes far too interesting when he accidentally travels to another world. Now if he wants to get back, he's got to track down an ancient group who once traveled between the worlds looking for the cure to a sickness that's suspiciously similar to what's happening on Earth . . .This was excellent. Aster is an engaging protagonist---a kid who wants to be typical. But his heart [...]
SummaryWhen a sick boy is magically transported to a different universe he finds himself in perfect health. Back on Earth, he battled self-esteem issues because he couldn't run and play like all the other kids. Journeying to this new land isn't just about finding out about his family's past, it's about finding himself as well. He uses his newfound health to follow clues and chase down a secretive wizard. Discovering a whole new world and battling unknown enemies along the way, Aster's story is t [...]
This was a shot in the dark for me. Never heard of J.B. Cantwell before but I can tell you now I won't forget her. However impossible the story may seem you grow with Aster as he learns the impossible is not only possible, but necessary. As soon as I realized I was at the end of the book I got on and downloaded the rest of the series. Now excuse me, I have more reading to do
Aster Wood and the Lost Maps of Almara by J.B. Cantwell is the first installment of the Aster Wood series. This story is about Aster Wood, who finds out that he is the one to find the sorcerer, Almara.This story is full of magic and different worlds that Aster has to follow to find Almara. This story was good, but the flow of the story was interrupted by the editing. If the editing would have been better, then this would have been an easy 5 star read.
Ha! A gotta readAs an adult I find that I really enjoy these “kid’s books”. Maybe I am really a “kid”, certainly a kid “at heart “.I always pre-read the books I read with my grandkids and thoroughly enjoy them.
Awesome read. Amazing characters!There was nothing I didnalike!Especially the fact that it is all about family fighting evil. The creatures were awesome as well.
Aster woodThis was a pretty good book I'm just sorry it took me so long to finish it the last character jade is my favorite
Reader thoughts: In the first chapter, Aster has a heart condition that makes his chest tight and his asthma flare. I was really excited to read about this. It reminded me of other great books I read about characters that have health conditions that make their heroic journey even more difficult (Death Trap and Farsighted and The Prisoner of Cell 25 and Half a King and Cyber Dawn).Instead, he's healed by, like, chapter two. This lost a lot of the tension for me. If a character is constantly worri [...]
This is obviously a YA boom, but still a decent read for any adult. It isn't the most complex story, but I found it very readable. And I was able to relate to the characters quite easily.
Enjoyable This was a nice read. I gave it 3 stars because I had to force myself to keep reading in parts. The story is good and I like the characters but parts just kept going. I will read the next installment and have hope for the series.
I didn't care for this book but forced myself to finish (perhaps I shouldn't have. I kept hoping it would improve.) I think my biggest issue is that it was very difficult to connect with the main character. I have no idea why this is, as I think the author's writing is fine, but I just couldn't care what happened to him. Plus once he enters the portal world (side note: his gender was not evident until a good 40 pages in, at which point it surprised me. When authors choose a non-obvious name for [...]
A good adventure read.I find myself enjoying books written for tween/teens much more that most adult books. The adventure is there without the horror of too many adult books. Lots of action, danger, and even old fashioned violence. By golf fashioned, I refer to story related violence but without the graphic details in too many books now. Best I can explain that is a Gunsmoke versus Alien difference. Anyway, it's important to me. I want to read a good story. I don't want to learn a detailed and g [...]
I had difficulty rating this book. I like it but wasn't exceptionally impressed. I realize it is a children's book so I tried to look at it from the perspective of what I would have bought my children at that age.As a parent, it is a good fantasy store with a less than perfectly healthy child. Physical disability doesn't prevent heroism. There are other positive themes to which children should become aware, such as the affects of pollution. If I had bought this book for my daughter at 11 or 12 y [...]
This was a fun quick read that I would give 3.5 stars to if I could. I tend to compare all books like this to Harry Potter, and it is certainly no HP. The world and characters just simply aren't as detailed. That would be my only complaint about Aster Wood, I just don't feel sucked into this world enough to truly love it. There aren't enough characters, and the different places being visited aren't detailed to my liking. But for what it is, its a very solid youth novel and at some point I'll rea [...]
This book had SO much potential! The story was engaging and creative and the characters were great. The downfall of this book was the number of errors that should have been caught by the editor. Lots of incorrect or missing words, and many errors with word choice (e.g 2 of the same adjective used in one sentence). It was a major distraction from the story, as there were many sentences that you had to read twice to figure out what the author was trying to say. Such a shame- this could have been f [...]
Aster Wood, Book 1It's a Good book for young children The main characters, two "children" aged 12 and 9 ( plus two centuries )have their lives turned upside down in a good way,. A lazy read for a hot summer .I wasn't going to buy the sequel at first, but after I read Book 1 through a second time I decided to get it. There are minor spelling errors but they are forgivable. Possibly, the author used a spell check software which couldn't catch the words that should have been deleted.
New lifeAster was born with a bad heart and his life had to be very quiet. He didn't have friends, so he was lonely. His summer vacation was spent with his grandmother and there wasn't very much to do. Rummaging through his grandmother's attic, he finds a very old map. Although he doesn't know it, he's about to begin an adventure. Follow his adventures as each map or relics, take him into adventure after adventure
The cover caught my attention and I thought this might be just enough on the juvenile side to get my 7 year old started in the fantasy and science fiction genre that my brother, my eldest son and I so enjoy.If you like a dystopian coming-of-age book, this. is a fun easy read.However, I will stick with my original intention of introducing my grandson to fantasy by giving him "A Connecticutt Yankee in King Arthur's Court" next month for his eighth birthday
What a wonderful blend of science and magic. It's a bit A Wrinkle in Time, a bit John Carter. We get a young hero that isn't in peak physical fitness, but loves a bit of magic and fun characters we meet along the way. My only issue with this is the small pockets of data dumps we get throughout the book.
This was a good book up until the end or rather until it just quit. Pay attention authors: NOBODY likes it when you just quit the story so that you can make a series from the books. I was really enjoying this book (good plot, lots of action, interesting premise) and then it just quit. No ending, it just quit! I was going to buy the next one but not now.
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Great BookThis was really a great book! I enjoyed the different adventures that young Aster Wood went on trying to find Almara . I think this is a good book for 4th to 6th graders to read and continue reading through the whole series. Enjoy the book kid, I did!
Such an adventurous storySuch a great read. Aster has shown a lot of wits in this story of unknown worlds, adventures, treasures and magic. This story was well written and was a definite page turner.