by Victoria Simcox
Cover Art by Amanda Swanson
Available on Amazon for $13.22
About the book:
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.
The Magic Warble has many similarities to The Narnia Chronicles and if your kids like that series of books they should like The Magic Warble and it's sequel The Black Shard. There are the talking animals, dwarves, evil queen who wants to control all of Bernovem. In this series though you have 2 heroes, a young girl named Kristina (12) and a young boy Prince Werrien (I'm guessing about 14'ish) who need to accomplish the return of The Magic Warren to it's home to save Bernovem from the evil Queen Sentiz and return Prince Werrien's parents back to the throne.
Reminiscent of Tolkien and CS Lewis. The books aren't quite as descriptive as Tolkien and Lewis BUT are filled with good clean fun and adventure, suitable for middle grade kids 9+. The artwork throughout the book are wonderful little vignettes into the action of the story and are very similar to manga type art.
I'm definitely looking forward to reading book #2 The Black Shard which is available now on Amazon or on Victoria's website here.
Victoria Simcox (the author) has generously offered a copy of The Magic Warble to one of my readers. I know you're going to love it as much as I have!