*I received a free copy of this book, with thanks to the author. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: 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. They are five siblings who are magically transported to a strange land during the night. All they want to do is go home, but a wizard sends them on a journey to rescue the powerful Jewel, and it is a journey that changes their lives forever.
This book is suitable for Harry Potter fans and those who enjoy discovering new places like Neverland, Wonderland, and Narnia. This is the first book in the series.
This is the first book in a new fantasy adventure series suitable for Middle Grade upwards.
In this book the Morgan siblings are introduced to the fantasy realm of Bar-Ran and must travel through its perils and make a few allies along the way, in order to find the magical jewel and save the world. So, your standard children’s fantasy adventure. What makes this one special is the worldbuilding and character development.
The immediate attraction for me here lay in the introduction to our main characters, the Morgans. Ranging in age from 7 to 13, Meredith, David, Davina, Wesley and Max each have their own unique personalities, talents, strengths and weaknesses and it is the combination of these in different ways that make the story fascinating and unpredictable. K.T. Dady starts us out with some loose stereotypes: the mother-hen, the precocious enfant, the bookworm, the scaredy-cat, the hot-head, but very quickly develops each child into an individual that the reader is invested in.
The side characters and the exotic world of Bar-Ran with its Ranlings, fairies and dragons are equally appealing, as is the implied history of the realm, as older characters hint at their previous adventures on similar quests in days past.
There are definite comparisons to children’s authors such as C.S. Lewis, Enid Blyton and Lemony Snicket, but K.T. Dady has created a fresh new world and cast of her own that readers will enjoy following on the further adventures to come.
Davina had always wanted to be in the South Tower alone, not for any reason other than the fact that she was not allowed up there on her own. She never did care too much for rules. After seeing the flash of red light, she was even more determined to go up there. So, that was exactly what she planned to do, but first she had to have her dinner, after all, she was hungry, and children need to eat, especially if planning on staying up all night to search for who knows what in an old, creepy tower.
– K.T. Dady, The Morgans and the Jewel of Bar-Ran
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