I'm finally getting around to writing about this book. I read it a good month ago, but got so busy I never mentioned it....
'Water Keep' is the first of the 'Far World' series. The book is 413 pages long, and took me a very long time to read. But I enjoyed every page of it. There is a lot of suspense and action, but not to much. If that makes sense.
Marcus is an orphan confined to a wheel chair, and no one seems to be able to tell him how the accident happened. He dreams a lot, day and night dreams, and he has invented this place called Farworld where animals talk, and everyone can do magic.
What he doesn't know, at first, is that this place is real. A girl named Kyja lives in this world, and is different from everyone else in Farworld; she cannot do magic. By magic, they meet.
In Farworld, Marcus also meets Master Therapass; a magician who has a 13 year old secret. The Dark Circle learns of his secret, and for some reason are after Marcus and Kyja. Their only hope is to find the Elements and get them to work together to open a drift between the worlds. Quoting the book Jacket:
"Along the way, Marcus and Kyja will discover the truth about their own heritage, the strenght of their friendship, and the depths of their unique powers"They find that this is harder than it sounds, for the Elements- water, land, air, and fire- think differently than the people, and do not have a history of working together.