Age: Young Adult/ Adult
Publication Date: 11/17/2008
A vial of liquid that bestows immortality, clues to the greatest treasure known to mankind, a talisman meant to open a portal to another dimension; each are pieces of a puzzle that begins when King Gilgamesh’s renowned quest to The Far Away goes awry. When the secret to immortality is stolen, six larger than life heroes must fight ruthless villains to protect a treasure that will either save or destroy the world. And in the midst of the adventure, they realize a mysterious figure from the future knows about them and has an important message for them to unlock.
As the quest takes the heroes all over the ancient world, from distant China and Caral to the Indus and Egypt, the non-stop action of intrigue, pirates, kidnappings, and natural disasters will have the reader clamoring for the next novel.
As a history junkie, I found this book appealing. I was really excited to read this novel. I can honestly say I enjoyed this book. This novel is not very fast paced, but it is a novel that was well written and well researched. I cannot imagine how much time she must have spent doing research for this book. Her time paid off. The book crosses a span of times and places. My personal favorite feature is the tying in historical and biblical events.
It trades point of views from the five children of Gilgamesh. They never age which allows them to travel across centuries, giving this novel a unique perspective. I am normally not a fan of alternating view points, but without the different viewpoints the reader would lose valuable information. I really enjoyed the views of the five siblings. All of the characters had different and pleasant personalities that made reading the novel enjoyable.
As I said I really enjoyed this novel, but the end of the book is a little iffy to me. It takes a radical turn within the last thirty pages, that I am not quite sure whether I like or not. Only time will tell I guess. I am looking forward to seeing how they move forward in the next book.