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Reviewed by Rita Vetsch for Readers' Favorite
"Sagaria" is an intriguing and action-packed fantasy novel written by John Dahlgren. The world of Sagaria is found through a magical portal in the forest. It is fourteen year old Sagandran Sacks who discovers the portal through his grandfather, Melwin. When Melwin is captured at night, Sacks must muster up enough courage to transport himself to Sagaria in search of Melwin. During his quest, Sacks encounters an evil entity named Arkanamon who has dark plans for Sagaria and the Earth with the help of the Shadow World. He establishes alliance with an unlikely band of misfits including a human-sized frog, an eccentric wizard, a princess named Perima, and a small but fierce rodent. They must all combine their strengths and skills to defeat the stealthy Shadow Knights and monstrous Worgs throughout their journey. Will they be able to find Melwin and save both Sagaria and planet earth?
Well, John Dahlgren hits it out of the ball park yet again with "Sagaria". I thought that he couldn’t possibly top his first novel entitled “The Tides of Avarice,” but I couldn’t have been more wrong. I absolutely LOVED "Sagaria" just as much as "Avarice!" I am very impressed with the layout of this masterpiece of a novel. The chapters play out like a major motion picture movie and the language is very easy to comprehend for any teenager or adult. I am just blown away by Dahlgren’s creativity, organization, and solid gold plot in this novel. He makes the readers feel as though they are part of the story, and it truly takes a very talented author to be able to accomplish that! The cover of the book is also captivating and very noticeable to any reader walking by. You just have to pick this book up to see what it is about and you will not want to put it down. This fantasy novel has it all: from never-seen-before villains, enchanted forests, quests and magic, to three dimensional characters and brilliant imagery that fill this novel full of fun surprises and entertainment. I know that Dahlgren’s books will be picked up by some huge motion picture company or made into mini-series events. They have great potential to succeed in every form throughout the world! I am truly honored to have had the opportunity to read both of Dahlgren’s fantasy novels and if I could give him 10 Stars, I would have!