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The Winter Letter (The Magi King Book 1)

The Winter Letter (The Magi King Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

D.E. Stanley , Darlene M. Stanley
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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On his thirteenth birthday William Wesley (whom everyone calls Will) receives a strange letter from a so-called king. The letter is full of apologies that make no sense, so Will figures it’s some kind of a birthday surprise, but then there are three knocks on his front door. By the next morning his entire world is a smoking heap of ashes and every line written in the letter makes perfect sense.

Near the closing the letter reads:

Get on the 3:30 train. Go south. Get off at sunset and walk deep into the eastern woods. Knock on the door of the only house you come across...

Did this so-called king know what was going to happen beforehand or did he orchestrate the ordeal himself? Is he to blame or is he somehow magical? Will must know, so he sets out on an epic journey that takes him to a world full of magical magi and war, where he meets new friends and new enemies. In the end he comes face to face with the one who is truly responsible.

His life will never be the same.


The Winter Letter by Dustan Stanley (Kindle Edition) now includes ALL the illustrations from the original book, the map, and a sneak preview of next years sequel!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 856 KB
  • Print Length: 326 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #254,165 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read 30 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
I could not decide if this book was for children or adults, but I loved it. A great fantasy story.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unputadownable 24 Nov 2013
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My 10 yr olds first book on kindle, he loved it, loved the story, read it within a few days :-) looking for the next one in the series now
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4.0 out of 5 stars totally lost myself in this book 16 Nov 2013
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so much so,i did not notice poor grammar or any spelling mistake! great book, looking forward to seeing what happens next for will
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1.0 out of 5 stars Poor grammar spoils this 15 Nov 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
Not sure why the editor didn't check this book and sort out the issue with dreadful grammar and poor sentence structure which made me think a 9 year old had written this ( in which case good job) but got so fed up with bad spelling etc gave up on the book.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cross between Chronicles of Narnia, Peter Pan and something unique 1 April 2012
By LeadKrabi - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
I am not a big reader, but found myself wrapped-up in this book and read it in all of three sittings... I was amazed at the authors creativity. His ability to pull my in, left me not wanting to leave "Will" alone in his reality; I wanted to experience it with him. As I met the Orphans of the Sudden Peaks with all their curiosity and quirkiness I immediately thought of the Lost Boys of Peter Pan and all their adventures. Beyond the interesting and creative characters their were two other things I really enjoyed. First, the dialogue of "Will" is written in current casual American English, which is not what you expect from this kind of novel. For me that added to the uniqueness of the character. Second, the mysteriousness and twists of the plot. Sometimes what we believe to be clearly right, when the truth comes to light, we realize that we are being led by lies and deception. The author did a great job of bringing this out in the plot. I really enjoyed this book and highly recommend it. I am looking forward to the next one in the series!
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great first book from Stanley 7 Jun 2012
By William Powell - Published on
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Great story! The symbolism is good. Needs a little work on character development and the story could be a little more fluid. And yes, it needs some editing for spelling, punctuation, etc; but given the publishing date, I'm sure future editions will have that ironed out. Being a first book by the author, I expect the writing to improve greatly with the coming books in the series. I would definitely recommend it!
24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars my childhood imagination 6 Mar 2012
By whangdoodle - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
wow, what a read!

a refreshing escape to another world, a real family oriented fantasy novel. i can almost feel the crisp nip of a winter chill and smell the smoke from the fireplace. i am so reminded of another book that was read to me as a child. my all time favorite book in the world - "The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles" by julie edwards. this book made such an impression on my life and the story stuck with me, but began to fade over the years into a vague, familiar pleasant memory. i eventually forgot the name of the book, but not the feeling it gave me. our 2nd grade teacher (ms. skelton) had us lay our heads down on our desks and close our eyes and read us this tale. as a child, i could begin to imagine the characters in my mind's eye. as an adult, i began to want to reread this book, but couldn't remember the name. i searched and searched, but could never find it. even the friend who had brought this book to school for our teacher to read had moved away not long after she read it.

i began to narrow it down to it's red cover and the vivid characters. Chronicles of Narnia was a close fit, but that wasn't it. it was not until Facebook, that i reconnected with that old friend i had went to grade school with, over 35 years ago that i uncovered the name.

after finding this book and rereading it, it filled a place in my heart, but as with any great book, we never want the story to end. you begin to search for another, similar great book that will give you that same connection. that is when i ran across "The Winter Letter" by d.e. stanley. i finally had the chance to relive that early memory in a new exciting way. wow, what a read!

this is a great book for kids and adults as well. and if you pay close attention, this book seems to pays homage to that other great writer as well - c.s. lewis of "The Chronicles of Narnia".

if you have the opportunity, have someone read this book to you and close your eyes and travel to this other world.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Winter Letter 11 July 2012
By Amanda Hamm - Published on
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This book had a fabulous hook. A young boy receives a mysterious letter that makes no sense until it makes perfect sense. The letter serves as an invitation to a wonderful fantasy adventure. It pulled me in from the first chapter. Will, and the reader, never quite knows what will happen next as he begins to follow the instructions that bring him to a world of magic and new friends.

The version I read still had many typos. However, I decided to rate it as though it was more polished because I hope some of those mistakes are being corrected and because I enjoyed the writing so much otherwise. One of my favorite lines: "It was the scariest chair Will had ever seen, especially since Will had never been scared of a chair before."

The book was fairly classic good vs. evil. As for the Christian imagery and themes, they were there if you were looking for them, but I didn't feel that the author was trying to bash you over the head with his beliefs. I think this could be enjoyed as pure fantasy if that's what you want.

My only real complaint was that the ending dragged a bit, perhaps an overly long celebration. But this was minor. I mention it only to explain why I withheld that fifth star. And because this book is aimed at kids, I want to say that my 9-year-old son read it when I was finished and said that it was "very awesome."
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Written for an uncritical, younger audience 10 Dec 2012
By Chaos Reid - Published on
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While the story was engaging I was constantly distracted by poor grammar, very current slang, and bad editing (Kindle edition). I was surprised to find that a grown man had authored this book. It will not be a classic, but enjoyable for readers unconcerned with reasonably good English. Yes, it's a children's book, but that doesn't mean it shouldn't be high quality.
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