The Pearl of Anton

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Matt Berman, Common Sense Media
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Clumsy but exciting high fantasy.

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The parents' guide to what's in this book.

Positive Messages

Jason's selfishness and cowardice cause his brother's death.


Some very graphic and gory battles. Jason loses an ear, a hand, and his sight.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that there is some gory fantasy violence.

User Reviews

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Adult Written byZero_X April 9, 2008

Great Book

This book I would reccomend to everybody at a high school reading level if they are interested in sci-fi/fantasy books. its a basic "youre the chosen one... Continue reading
Teen, 15 years old Written byzackthewise January 12, 2012

pearl of anton

i think it's a good book if you think you might not be too immature i say you should read it, of course it might not be able to be read by smaller kids but... Continue reading

What's the story?

Young Jason Del, heir to the royal family of Trinity since the death of his older brother Theda, leaves his family and travels across his world to recover items of power spoken of in prophecy before he must face Pure Evil in the Final Contest for the survival of the Races of Trinity. Accompanied by his Ethan Teacher and a mysterious Warrior out of legend, he seeks the fabled Pearl of Anton, which alone can help him gain the confidence, courage, and wisdom to face his enemy. But the enemy knows of the prophecies too, and will stop at nothing to end his quest.

Is it any good?

First-time Gene novelist Del Vecchio, an expert in "kid-marketing," follows the standard formula of high fantasy in this amateurish novel. An unlikely hero, aided by various magical races and items, reluctantly undertakes a quest that will build in him the courage and wisdom he will need for a climactic confrontation with Evil. Variations on the theme here include the involvement of the gods who created the world in the story, and the trapped souls of ancestors who were unable to ascend to heaven.

Adults will notice the inadequate writing, derivative plot, and awkward construction. Kid fantasy fans won't care about that: They'll enjoy the story, which gets considerably more exciting, as well as more gory, in the second half, when adults who have made it that far will get caught up enough in the story to stop noticing the writing.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the author's ideas about weaknesses becoming strengths and the relationship of pure evil to pure good. There also are some interesting religious ideas, including the nature of and reason for evil in the world.

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