Happy Thursday everyone! I’m going to deviate a little from the norm today, but only slightly. For those of you that have been following me for a while now you know that I am an advocate for children’s literacy. I think that children and teens can learn more than just HOW to read by picking up a book, but also how to LIVE. Each Thursday I recommend a book for the slightly older kids in your life and this Thursday is no different, only this time, instead of just posting the synopsis for the book I’m suggesting you share with your kids… I’ve actually read it and am going to share my views on it.
“Kevis Hendrickson” sent me a copy of “The Legend of Witch Bane” a few weeks ago and I was excited to get it. Not because I had ever heard of it but because I love adventure, and once I finally found the time to read it…boy it was so much more than just an adventure, it was an experience.
Kodobos, Anyr, and Laris are only children, but when a terrible curse causes their homeland of Kalden to lapse into a permanent slumber, these 3 very determined and very different siblings take it upon themselves to find out what happened. Discovering that the evil High Queen Rhiannon is behind their towns horrible fate they set out on a quest to topple her kingdom and bring peace to their lands, but what starts out to be a hike in the woods quickly turns into an epic battle for their lives. Can these 3 tiny souls find the strength they need to free their people? How in the world will they ever defeat so many minions and what exactly IS the legend of Witch Bane?
“Kendrickson’s” ability to weave “known fairy tales” with a new and exciting plot line was genius, and his attention to the tiny details that make adventure books come to life was equally flawless. Here is an author that dared to ask the question…can a child save the world? Each of the main characters had their own individual personality and he used their weaknesses and strengths to feed the plot line. Children’s fantasy is (admittedly) difficult to write, there must be an equal balance of impending doom and life lessons and “The Legend of Witch Bane” spouted both with perfect form.
There were ice breathing dragons, ogres who think they are giants, greedy treasure stealing dwarfs, children who never grow old, a mysterious spirit, and so many battles it was actually hard to keep track of them.
This is a must buy for your Tiny Tots and Tween! Turn off the TV and give them the adventure of a lifetime…inside of their imaginative little minds.
Happy reading my fellow Kindle-ites and remember: When THIS worlds got you down…step into a NEW one.
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