Karl L. Kruger
Reviewed by Spencer Zaborowski (age 13) for Reader Views (2/08)
“Pajo” by Karl L. Kruger is a very interesting book about a fantasy creature named Pajajopi Bamatojasi. In this book, Pajajopi Bamatojasi, called Pajo for short, is the last of a hated race of hair-covered, smelly creatures called potheems. While Pajo was out one day finding food with his new friend Crimson, he was led by a spirit to a monk named Boqad and a famous twelve-year-old healer named Jetha. Pajo went along with Jetha and Boqad to try to save an infant prince from an assassin who had failed at the first attempt to kill the baby. The killer was still trying.
On their way to the Darkwood, where Pajo lives, they meet twelve-year-old Mikah and fourteen-year-old Talm. While they are on their way to the Darkwood, they soon learn that a crazed killer named Malluk Dominer was there in the Darkwood trying to stop them. Finally, when the children try to make it out of the Darkwood, Malluk Dominer had tracked them and was now trying to kill Pajo. The children fled to a small town, and then left again. During their journey Pajo learns that the name that he was given might actually mean more than he imagined!
Pajo has to run to the royal city to save the infant prince at the same time that he has to get past the crazed killer. This book is very exciting, so you will have to read the rest of it to find out if he makes it alive and in time to save the prince.
I liked this book, “Pajo,” because it was exciting and full of adventure. The map in the front of the book showed the fantasy kingdom and helped make sense of some of the places that were mentioned in the book. The vocabulary and grammar were harder than some of the books I am used to reading, but I could still understand it. This is a great book for teens and adults, because it has a little bit of action, fantasy and mystery all mixed together. It is also funny in some parts. “Pajo” is a thrilling book that once you read the first page, you won’t want to put it down until you find out the ending.