By Kristy Brown
Travel between the real and a fantasy world. Join a quest. Discover fantastical people and creatures and so much more… Come across trepidation and humour as you read. This is what this book invites older middle-grade readers.
Thanks to the author – Kristy Brown who wrote to me enquiring about me reviewing her book.
Discover more in the blurb and what I think about it in my review… Also find out where to buy this book below too.
Kiera’s a seemingly normal girl brought up by her uncle and abandoned by both parents. Life is as normal as she believes it to be, apart from the deep ache inside, telling her she’s different. For years, Kiera’s had dreams about venturing into a magical reality. She’s not alone; a presence is always there, keeping her safe, yet she feels vulnerable, and hunted.Zakk, Prince of Zantar, is under the Witch Queen’s spell as she tries to take over his world. He crosses paths with Kiera, changing her life forever.As their journey unravels, Kiera discovers she’s not the only one affected by this prince. Why has she been chosen? How can someone so young, defeat such evil? Will she find the strength to save the ones she loves? Will this be Kiera’s only quest?
It’s gripping from the start with Zakk confronting his mother’s murderer. It isn’t graphic or anything, but this is suitable for older middlegrade readers. Then readers get to meet Keira who sounds fun and loves to sing and dance. You get to know their mother – Lynne Matthews and the impact she had on the music scene.
There are characters in the fantasy world for readers to meet, such as The Witch Queen with her commands and her own quest going on. There’s also a giant and a doll and more… The book has mild trepidation and is sure to keep children amused as they plunge into this other world. It’s great that there is humour that lifts and is as entertaining as the adventure itself. As well as The Witch Queen, Googey is also a character to watch and be on your guard with. There’s also a specially crafted machine that Keira and Zakk need to stop the queen from trying to open a vortex with. This is an adrenaline fuelled read kids will enjoy and highly potentially be gripped by.
The book tackles loss, friendship, working to achieve an end goal, good and evil, arranged marriage (briefly).
In the real world, Kiera has her issues and the school counsellor wants to see her, but the quest she is on keeps her from having the time.
The book focuses on the imaginative and brings fun and trepidation that makes it quite the page-turner.