Yodin the Rescuer And the Goddess of Eyos

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Book: Yodin the Rescuer And the Goddess of Eyos

Author: Lew A. Anderson

Publisher: TreeStone Publishing, 2022

ISBN-13: 9781955486071

ISBN-10: 1955486077

Website(s): https://www.lewanderson.com (author)

Language level: 2

(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)

Recommended reading level: Ages 10-16 and up

Rating: ***** 5 stars

(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)

Category: Fantasy

Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker

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     Anderson,Lew A.  Yodin the Rescuer And the Goddess of Eyos (published in 2022 by Treestone Books, Northfield, MN).  Thirteen-year-old Yodin Baewolf lives with his adoptive parents, Bennett and Kalista Baewolf, and his little sister Isla in Fairbo, Minnesota.   When he opens a mysterious old book left by his Grandfather Grissawohl who was recently reported as dead in a plane crash, his world becomes what he reads. Launched into a land of monsters, man-beasts, and Woe Shadows, all seeking to end his young life, he fights to rescue a young goddess Mina and her kingdom of Karthya which has been conquered by the evil lord of Drune.  In the process, young Yodin learns exactly who he is and what is the price of standing up for those who cannot.  Who wins the final battle?  Where did Yodin actually come from?  And are those two elderly men whom he meets really his grandfather and great-grandfather?

     Wow!  I will tell you right off the bat that this book grabbed my attention immediately and kept it without any problem.  There are some common euphemisms (darn, heck) and childish slang terms (butt for rear end, farting).  The word “Lordy” is used once as an interjection, but no outright cursing or profanity is found.  Yodin is constantly asking God (called Ha Shadan in Karthya) in prayer for help, and in fact the Biblical worldview underlying the plot, with Christian concepts such as perseverance, self-sacrifice, and the power of praise, is plainly evident without being “preachy.”  It’s an amazing story, family-friendly for ages ten and up, that is full of fun, adventure, action, and intrigue.  Author Lew A. Anderson, who has also written “The Lorian Stones Trilogy,” book one of which, Tombs of Dross, I have previously reviewed, is a husband, father, teacher, and minister living in Minnesota.

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