The iconic, “extraordinary” (The Washington Post) collaboration between bestselling authors Stephen King and Peter Straub—an epic thriller about a young boy’s quest to save his mother’s life.
Jack Sawyer, twelve years old, is about to begin a most fantastic journey, an exalting, terrifying quest for the mystical Talisman—the only thing that can save Jack’s dying mother. But to reach his goal, Jack must make his way not only across the breadth of the United States but also through the wondrous and menacing parallel world of the Territories.
In the Territories, Jack finds another realm, where the air is so sweet and clear a man can smell a radish being pulled from the ground a mile away—and a life can be snuffed out instantly in the continuing struggle between good and evil. Here Jack discovers “Twinners,” reflections of the people he knows on earth—most notably Queen Laura, the Twinner of Jack’s own imperiled mother. As Jack “flips” between worlds, making his way westward toward the redemptive Talisman, a sequence of heart-stopping encounters challenges him at every step.
An unforgettable epic of adventure and resounding triumph, The Talisman is one of the most influential and highly praised works of fantasy ever written.
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Very imaginative and well written
This was a good book. I personally had a tough time getting into it initially but it does gain speed. Character development is very well done and there's no denying the fact that there's a ton of imagination involved in this book. I myself am still trying to open up to supernatural stories such as the Dark Tower series but a good friend of mine listened to this at the same time as me and she absolutely fell in love with it (she's much more imaginative than I am). The narration is superb as to be expected by Frank Muller. I'm an avid King fan, this was my first Straub novel, and this book did not disappoint. I give it 3 stars instead of 4 or 5 but that's due to my personal preferences. If you are very much into the supernatural, I would highly recommend this book as it's very well written and narrated. Enjoy!
This aint your grandma's sword-and-sorcery
I don't think we're in Narnia, anymore, Toto
Most likely my favorite book ever.