Your world isn’t the only one that exists. There is another, a magical place called Bar-Ran, and it’s about to be destroyed unless the Morgan children can find the royal dragon and replace its heart.
- Back Cover Blurb
You wouldn't expect much to be going on at two o'clock in the morning in a quaint, little English town, would you?
- First Sentence; Intro
Up above the children's heads, floating all around an ornate chandelier, were silver knives and forks, spoons of many sizes, and a silver tray. All of the items Meg had earlier placed on the dining table.
'The cutlery,' said David, 'its floating ... up near the ceiling ... in the library.'
- Memorable Moment; Page 40
SOURCE ... Received with thanks from the author.
READ FOR A CHALLENGE? ... No.
MY THOUGHTS ... A book that the child I was would have loved and one I, as an adult, found pretty special too.
A story that whilst not exactly ground-breaking DID provide some much needed escapism ... to say nothing of a sprinkling of magic.
Great characters; each and every one of them ... though I have to admit I had a soft spot for the Willy Wonka of this quaint English village, Denver Darlington, creator of (amongst other things) such 'delights' as Turnip & Custard, Carrot & Cinnamon, Lemon & Onion (the list goes on) candy canes.
I loved that each of the children was well defined; quirks and all. That they (my concerns that having five protagonists each with their own voice might prove too much unfounded) were given their turn in the spotlight.
And then there were the 'other world' characters.
Totally smitten by (apologies for what may be considered a spoiler but how could I not mention the Linkets?) ... the messengers of Bar-Ran. Just one of the many fantasy characters that inhabit the pages, I thought these small mouse like creatures with a face like a human (except for their pink mouse noses) who, having their own language, need a mothadotharum for translation purposes, simply adorable.
An author well worth looking out for if your child (or indeed you yourself) is into fantasy novels. I'm already eagerly awaiting book two.