Thursday, January 14, 2010

Review: The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox

Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen all these and more can be found in The Magic Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship.

Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz.

In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she's honored as ''the chosen one'', the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz's control. But it s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous ''Magic Warble,'' in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen s ''zelbocks'' before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.

Received from the publicist for review.

This immediately struck me as almost a replay of The Chronicles of Narnia. It wast still enjoyable though. The intermittent illustrations were nicely done but the text was too tightly packed for the book's target reader. The text could also make for rather difficult reading at points with the almost formal tone to it.

This one gets three stars. I found it okay but I wouldn't go out of my way to read it. It was good enough, but with the Chronicles of Narnia feel it seemed a bit like "been there, done that".

★★☆☆ = Liked It


Ryan G said...

Sounds like something I may want to pick up at some point in time, just won't be in a hurrt to get it. Thanks for the review. I do like the cover of the book though.

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