The Bark of the Bog Owl

Our rating: ***½

In the island of Corenwald, 12-year-old Aidan Errolson longs for some adventure and writes often to King Darrow, asking for some kind of quest. (None of his fifteen letters are answered, however.) One day he hears the bark of the bog owl and meets Dobro Turtlebane, one of the feechiefolk, tribes of people who warn each other never to go near “civilizers.” The same day, Bayard the Truthspeaker pays a visit and proclaims that Aidan will someday be the Wilderking, the prophesied king who will come out of the forests and swamps.

And so the Wilderking Trilogy begins. This book is a fantasy, but is only so because it takes place at an unreal island. It seemed a little slow to me, but it’s still good. The Bark of the Bog Owl is written well so that it has some adventure, but is not gory.