Last summer I got to review book one of Giants in the Land, a trilogy by Clark Burbidge. I recently had a chance to read the second book, The Prodigals, and third book, The Cavern of Promise, to finish the series!
Book Two of the Giants in the Land Trilogy follows Thomas, the main character of book one, as a much older man now serving as the Land’s Forest Ward and two of his grandchildren (seventeen-year-old Tommy and thirteen-year-old Rose). Thomas, Tommy, and a band of lost prodigals are placed on a dangerous path toward destiny or destruction. Though they are unprepared, they are all that stands between hope for the future and loss of all they hold dear.
In book three, Thomas and his giant companion have disappeared. At the mercy of the evil king of Westland, in great peril, and with no hope for escape, Thomas faces an impossible test for survival. Book Three caps this award-winning trilogy with a danger-ridden triple quest: save Thomas, redeem a lost people, and reverse the land's painful slide toward destruction. Can help be found in a mythical cave at the far edge of the world? Whispered legends speak of a ferocious tribe, fearsome obstacles, and fabled treasure. Join Thomas and his companions under an uneasy truce, risking all to seek the source of redemption―the Cavern of Promise―in a journey that could bring deliverance . . . or doom.
Both books are very well-written. While it would be possible to read them independently, reading book one really makes a lot more sense. They're great books for young adults or adult readers who want a story that is easy to read, yet thought-provoking. The action moves along well, and the trilogy comes to a satisfying conclusion. While there are religious elements, it's not overdone, and it's more values-based than based on any specific doctrine - it's a great reminder of some strong moral truths that are universal. And it's a great story!