This YA fantasy tells the story of Jack an orphan living with his step-father who has dreams of being called by a mountain when he shares his dream with his only living relative Ashrof, he is disheartened to learn that Ashrof does not believe in the prophecy that he is supposed to climb the mountain to ring the bell allegedly placed at the top by an ancient King. Determined to prove his belief in the bell Jack decides to climb the mountain but does so with an unexpected ally or two. However, once his disappearance is noted the powers that be, who want to stop him, send an assassin after him. Can Jack and his party avoid the dangers both ahead and behind them to fulfil his dream?
This is about as far removed from genres I usually choose to read but I found Bell Mountain compelling reading. Not only was I engrossed in Jack’s quest but I was charmed by the unusual animals encountered in the book as well as the larger than life characters. The underlying spiritual theme may not be in fashion but still made this an interesting read. With no foul language or explicit scenes, but a little moderate violence, this is definitely suitable for teenagers of any age.
A fun fantasy read with an underlying message. Bell Mountain is available to read for free to Kindle Unlimited subscribers.