The Tides of Avarice

It's something all pirates are taught when they're very young, but too many forget: never get on the wrong side of a librarian. Especially if the librarian is a lemming!

Sylvester Lemmington used to read about cannibals, impenetrable jungles, lethal carnivores, mysterious fortune-teller, voodoo magic, cutthroat pirates, shipwrecks, mutinies, spaceships and much else in his books, but he never thought he'd encounter them for real. Can Sylvester save his sweetheart, Viola, her tough-as-nails mom and the other friends he's acquired along the way? Can he find his long-lost father, rescue his hometown of Foxglove from the murderous rule of its ruthless mayor and discover true happiness? Oh, did we mention that Sylvester has mistakenly received the most sought after treasure map ever? This means he also has to escape from the cruelest and craziest pirate captain who ever sailed the seas of Sagaria - the horrifying Cap'n Terrigan Rustbane who will stop at nothing to get his map back!  A map that leads to a treasure beyond the wildest dreams of avarice.
It's kind of a tall order, but then, Sylvester is a librarian..and a lemming.
The Tides of Avarice

'At times reminiscent of a furry version of Pirates of the Caribbean, the characters are endearing and the story has both depth and soul.'

- Lifestyle Magazine
The tone and style of the book frequently reminded me of Terry Pratchett and I couldn't help chuckling as I read. The fast-paced adventure swept me away and kept me turning the pages. The characters are highly developed and blur the boundaries of good guys and bad guys.

-Madhouse Family Reviews

"In an imaginative, intelligent adventure where compassion and individualism triumph over evil and conformity, The Tides of Avarice plots a daring course through the vilest lows of villainy to inspiring heights of spirit".

-Feathered Quill

The Tides of Avarice is as cheering and as engaging a swashbuckling yarn as any a pirate lover could imagine, even if the characters are talking animals (more in the vein of a Don Bluth production than Walt Disney).

-Foreword Reviews


"Sagaria" by John Dahlgren is a wonderful tale of mystic adventure. This charming tale has a fairytale quality mixed with everyday realism. Sagaria has woven magic on every delightful page. John Dahlgren is a remarkable author with a gift for storytelling. I look forward to future tales from him.

-Readers Favorite

This book was exciting to read and it was hard to put down each time. It had me laughing with good humour and tearing with sadness in parts. I would rate this as one of the best young adult fantasy novels I have read since the Harry Potter series. This is one novel that is a “must read”.

— Top Book Reviewers

This is an in-depth adventure with extremely well-developed three dimensional characters. The writing is enthralling and a constant page-turner. John Dahlgren is a masterful storyteller.

Finnegan's Parish & Other Stories

Finnegan’s Parish & Other Stories is a well-written collection with dynamic characters that entertains and encourages contemplation of the human phenomenon. The influence of fantasy and mythology on the author’s work is apparent from the outrageous circumstances in which he places his characters. More than just a work of humor Dahlgren provides revelations about what motivates the human heart and mind.

-Foreword Reviews


When young Sagandran Sacks learns from Grandpa Melwin of a portal that leads from an abandoned forest well to the magical world of Sagaria, he doesn’t know whether to believe it or simply dismiss it as another of his grandfather’s tall tales. But when Grandpa Melwin is suddenly seized during the night, all clues point to that well in the forest.

Hot on the trail of his grandfather, Sagandran finds himself transported into Sagaria, which is indeed every bit as wondrous as Grandpa Melwin had described. But it is a world under threat. Before he knows it, Sagandran is tasked with saving not only his grandfather, but the whole world – or, rather, three worlds – for, once the fearsome Shadow Master has both the Shadow World and Sagaria in his thrall, he plans to extend his conquest to the Earthworld…

Enthralling and imaginative, with characters that will delight readers of all ages, this charming novel is set in the world of Sagaria and follows The Tides of Avarice, John Dahlgren’s first book in the Sagaria Legends series.
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