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Reviewed by Maria Victoria Beltran for Readers' Favorite
Tears of the Ancients: The Untold Story of Vidar, the True King of Vikings by Calvin Crick is a fantasy adventure story written for young adults. Set in South Bend, a fascinating world populated by dragons, elves, and humans, it is about Loot, an orphaned boy. Adopted by Viking foster parents, he is a likable lad who would lend a hand without asking for anything in return. At seventeen, he develops a friendship with Safrin, the daughter of the king and queen of a town in a small, rich country. Chased away into the Smoking Mountains in the forest, home of the man-eating dragons, he finds himself in a hole together with a young dragon. Loot saves the life of the young dragon and in return, the Queen of the Dragons accidentally gives him the power of the great dragons. He will now become a dragon and will go on a series of adventures that will ultimately reveal his true identity.
Calvin Crick’s Tears of the Ancients has all the elements of a great adventure novel. The characters are likable and enchanting and it’s easy to empathize with Loot, our hero who starts out as an orphan. The tension in the story begins early on as he moves to an uncharted and dangerous environment in the home of the dragons. However, bigger risks await him in the next part of the narrative in his quest to save his village and his people. An easy and enjoyable read, this is a story about finding and fulfilling your destiny. This is a fast-paced fantasy with several twists and turns and an unlikely ending.