Ryan’s Legend by L.F. Young
Many many years ago… when his kids were small, a plumber by the name of L.F. Young wanted something unique to read to his kids at bedtime. So using his imagination and a little bit of ingenuity he created a story that he personalized just for his kids. With a little prodding from his children to complete the story he created a great bedtime story just for them. It was called Ryan’s Legend.
Times went on and his kids became parents themselves. Mr Young retired from plumbing and started looking at his writing for his kids again and realized that he could have a little fun in his retirement. So he decided to share Ryan’s Legend with the world at large.
Ryan’s Legend tells the tale of a young boy who gets to meet one of the most amazing and interesting friends that any boy his age could possibly imagine. A creature that seems to be straight from the fairy tales.
In this short story aimed at a young teen audience, Mr. Young starts to show the world of sci fi/fantasy to a whole new generation of readers. I personally picked up my first fantasy book (A Wrinkle in Time) at around 10 or 11 and from that moment I was hooked.
The important thing about starting new readers on sci fi/fantasy is to slowly introduce them to the idea while maintain a semblance of “real world.” Mr. Young seems to grasp this theory extremely well in his novel and gives us just enough fantasy to allow our minds to stretch while still keeping the story well within the realms of something that could be relatively plausible otherwise.
All in all I think that Mr. Young is a great new author and this book would be an excellent addition to any child’s kindle library. Also worth noting that he also has a second book in the series that is sure to be just as good as the first.