The Bark of the Bog Owl isn't a big book; it only took me a couple hours to read. And while it certainly is strongly reminiscent of a favorite story from the Bible's Old Testament, there are plenty enough twists and turns of its own to give it a fresh appeal.
Who wouldn't love a story that begins this way? (and I quote...)
His Majesty, King Darrow of Corenwald,
Protector of the People,
Defender of the Faith,
Keeper of the Island
West Bank of the River Tam
My Dearest King--
You will be glad to learn that I am still available for any quest, adventure, or dangerous mission for which you might need a champion or knight-errant. I specialize in dragon-slaying, but would be happy to fight pirates or invading barbarians if circumstances require. I would even be willing to rescue a fair maiden imprisoned by evil relatives. That would not be my first choice, since I am not of marrying age. Still, in peaceful and prosperous times like these, an adventurer takes whatever work he can find.
As always, I am at your service and eagerly await your reply.
Yours very sincerely,
Aidan Errolson of Longleaf Manor
P.S. I have not yet received an answer to my last letter--or to my fourteen letters before that. Mail service being what it is on the frontier, I assume your replies were lost. I hope you don't mind that I have taken the liberty of writing again.
And thus twelve-year-old Aidan seeks adventures. There would, of course, be no story at all if Aidan didn't find them. Jonathan Rogers spins Aidan's tale out over three novels, and I for one want to read the other two! Any one of you who has a child or enjoys a quick read through a fantasy world will love the story of Aidan.
I found an interview with Jonathan Rogers here. Here's a little quote about writing:
Plumbers don’t get plumber’s block. Lawyers don’t get lawyer’s block. They get up in the morning and do their jobs. Are you a writer? Then get up in the morning and write.
I think I've been told!
One caveat: I'm used to strict rules of point-of-view being adhered to. This author hasn't heard the rules I've heard. Therefore, the reader is privy to the thoughts of many of the story's characters, major or minor. Once I made up my mind to ignore that, the story drew me in.