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WOOD COW CHRONICLES
Epic Tales. Fables For These Times.
Rating: 5 out of 5
"Compelling, refreshing characters, intelligent story, and fast action highlight this second installment of Rick Johnson’s fantasy epic..
The Overending, is an intelligent, fast-paced fantasy. Somewhat reminiscent of Brian Jacques’s Redwall series, Johnson offers up refreshing heroes and humor while addressing the more serious issues of equality and prejudice…
The characters are compelling and refreshing…Leading the action are a number of delightful female protagonists…These well-rounded female characters are especially important in a genre dominated by male characters going on adventures…And though the premise of the book might sound violent, outsmarting the enemy is valued over brute force…
Though appropriate for readers as young as fourth grade, The Overending is sure to delight fantasy readers of all ages."
"Johnson’s series departs from derivative fantasy novels…Johnson gets high marks for conceiving this unique world…A unique fantasy world worth visiting…"
Midwest Book Review
"In a genre replete with formula writing, it’s difficult to say that a new arrival feels truly original; but Silversion is all this and more, and will delight fantasy fans looking for something different - beasts and all."
Clarion Rating: 5 out of 5
"It’s impossible not to care about what happens to these merry anarchists as they seek to unchain themselves and their fellow creatures.
Individual heroism takes a sideline to mutual aid, horizontal organizing, and celebrating diverse talents in Silversion…Johnson’s writing is action-driven without sacrificing character development…Silversion’s strength lies in its compelling use of suspense…
It is easy to picture the scenes Johnson paints, altogether familiar yet exciting. The ever-present dangers of sharks, pirates, dragons, and industrialists are illustrated through convincing, lively dialogue. Johnson’s creative and uncomplicated use of dialect and slang brings the background of each character to light, making it easy to empathize and identify with them. It feels quite logical to care about what will happen to these merry anarchists, as they seek not to champion themselves or to gain power, but simply to unchain themselves and their fellow creatures."
"Since completing the Lord of the Rings trilogy in college, I've looked forward to a fantasy series that exhibited the potential to keep me up reading well past my bed time. Helga, Out of Hedgelands, did just that. Mr Johnson has created a fascinating world full of vivid landscapes and characters wise and courageous enough to inhabit them. Helga is a tale for young and old alike. Pour yourself a hot cup of Peskee tea and gather round your children or grandchildren. You're in for a treat. I am eagerly awaiting the next installment." -- Amazon Customer Review
"This series of books is perhaps one of the most enjoyable fantasy series I've read in a long while. Filled with wonderful authentic characters who display astounding acts of bravery and heroism from the seemingly smallest weakest of creatures...The world building is absolutely amazing! ..Everything is so original and fun. I can't say enough about how terrific these books are.,,Excellent books. Just excellent." -- Amazon Customer Review
"As I read this series of books I was reminded of two famous writers, Kenneth Grahame and George Orwell. The Wood Cow Chronicles is on the level with Wind in The Willows and Animal Farm but with a richer, more colorful tale. Again, one of those books that once you begin you must have the whole series and when it ends yearn for more." -- Amazon Customer Review
"These YA anthropomorphic animal tales are fun, bold and two shades on the fresh side of delightfully ridiculous. An entertaining read." -- Goodreads Reviewer
"What an engaging new series! I especially was drawn to the "beasts" who are the main characters in this book -- cows and many other animals that talk, wear clothing, etc. in the civilization that Johnson has created. His familial relationships, world-building, dialogue, etc. all add up to make this a very creative series indeed." -- Goodreads Reviewer
Overall Amazon Customer rating (as of June 2022): 4.0 on 121 ratings
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