Welcome back, it’s nice to see you here.
I have recently finished reading the first book in The Roads of Luhonono series, Legend of the East Road by the author Hamilton Hill. The book itself is classed as Middle grade fiction (8-12 year old) However, I have no shame in saying as an adult of thirty something I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The story follows the adventures of Magdalene, Peter, and Gimbo. What starts as a quest to spy on a princess becomes an engrossing, time-pressured mission to oppose the dark plans of an evil witch doctor known as Moja, who seeks to turn the Unseen into his own personal army of demons.
I really enjoyed this author’s writing style, it is very immersive and I was hooked from the first page. I enjoyed the interactions of the characters and the array of emotions they exhibit. I particularly liked how the author used traits associated with youth to drive the plot and further develop the characters. Disbelief becomes an open mind, friendly rivalry is a game of sport, and of course, there’s the childlike belief of near invincibility as they push forwards and do what they must. There is also an injection of humour, as expected form the exchange between young teenagers, there were parts in this book when I actually laughed out loud, but I won’t spoilt it by telling you why.
All in all a fantastic book that succeeds in having an appeal to both children and adults, I personally will be picking up the second book when it becomes available, and even reading this to my son when he is a little older.
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I hope to see you again next time, for my review of Strange Matters: Collected Tales of Fantasy, Myth and Magic by Bret Allen. Between now and then I may be adding some author interviews to my site, so you can learn more about the authors of some of the books I have read and reviewed