Today I am pleased to present a review of a late middle-school through high-school read: Rob Seablue and the Eye of Tantalus by Russell Hasan. Please be sure to check the other tour stops to read excerpts and see what others had to say about this book.
Title: Rob Seablue and the Eye of Tantalus
Author: Russell Hasan
Genre: YA Fantasy
Buy Now: Amazon
About the Book: A magical curse has been unleashed and Connecticut teen Sorcerer Rob Seablue’s best friend has been seduced by evil magic. To save his best friend—and to save the world from his best friend—Rob will fight magical duels, decipher an ancient riddle, and help sad, depressed teenagers to be happy and self-confident so that the curse can’t destroy them. And he will wage a war against the evil magic all while seeing heavy metal rock shows, going on dates with his girlfriend, doing his homework, and avoiding getting grounded by his father for staying out late! A unique novel at the cutting edge intersection of teen urban fantasy and libertarian/objectivist fiction, this novel can be described as “Atlas Shrugged” meets “Harry Potter.”
“What more could a libertarian novel reader want? . . . The book is ingenious throughout and most ingenious at its end — ingenious, I might add, without losing plausibility. Actually, the story continually becomes more plausible, as well as more exciting.” – Stephen Cox, Editor, Liberty Magazine
In a unique twist that isn’t all focused on the “popular gang” at school and how to fit in at all costs, the author has managed to create a character in Rob that is at 14, far more adult than many adults today. Battling an evil within the school that turns feelings of low self-worth, anxiety and depression out to others, Rob maintains a steadfast presence within the school, showing the others how to take responsibility, both for their own actions and happiness, a truly adult view.
While none of the problems are dealt with cavalierly, the overwhelming attitude is self-acceptance and realization that everyone has something to offer – one person may not see it, but you must be certain in your path and not hang all of your day on one person’s opinion.
A cleverly paced, written and engaging story that proves that actually working at your problems and trying to solve them is far more effective and helpful than just moping about. A well timed book for many in the age group, which I am sure many will find familiar characters in the story that are familiar.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review for IOB tours. I was not compensated for this review, and all conclusions are my own responsibility.
About the Author: Russell Hasan lives in Connecticut. He is a graduate of Vassar College and the University of Connecticut School of Law, and is a lawyer/novelist/philosopher. He is politically libertarian (socially liberal, economically conservative). He is also a fan of the New York Yankees. More information about him (as well as free short stories) can be found on his website.