(Full length, middle grade fantasy from M & S Publishing)
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The Riverton family had been enjoying a simple summer vacation when, through a fluke of nature, they found themselves in a strange new land.
The Riverton brothers quickly realize that in this world, they have gained unusual powers. Powers that their parents fear will attract the attention of Azazel himself – the merciless wizard who brutally controls this world.
The two brothers soon learn that an ancient prophecy has finally been initiated by their arrival in Trimoria. As the heirs of this prophecy, they are destined to lead the armies of men, dwarves, elves, and even a misfit ogre against the prophesied demon horde.
Only one thing stands in their way.
The evil wizard who has learned of their presence, and has sent assassins to wipe them from existence.
When the Riverton family is suddenly transported to the land of Trimoria, their lives were utterly changed. Not only is the way of living there completely different, but the members of the family gain strange and unusual powers.
They must learn quickly to master their powers and the ways of the world they now occupy, because they have set a prophecy into play and will soon be leading an army against an evil, merciless wizard.
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The plot was good, was well paced and had a good ending (even if it did leave us with a bit of a cliff hanger). It was filled with love and caring between family and friends, but also with strife and conflict, both between the local villagers and with the wizard and his envoy.
I can't say I have any particular part that was my favorite, because I liked it all! I admit, the beginning is a bit slow, but it doesn't take much time at all before the pace quickens and then seldom stops. The author does a great job with description, and I could really "see" Trimoria and its inhabitants in my mind.
I couldn't wait to read book two when I finished this one and really hope there will be a third book in the series. I'm not ready to leave Trimoria any time soon.
I'd recommend this book to kids of nearly any age who love fantasy. This would make a good "read aloud" book for the younger ones, and the older kids will love to read this one on their own (and then share it with their parents). It truly is a book for all ages.
Some might put these books in the Fantasy genre, and I never had issues with this label. After all, the adventures were, without any doubt in my mind, fantastic. I simply quibble with the label of “Fiction” that some might put on these tales. These tales should be viewed as historical records, more along the lines of a documentary. I’ve learned one thing over the years. Magic is real. Keep exploring, and you too will find your magic.
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