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Here is where the story begins though. They are taken by strangers to a place that is dark and mysterious and the adventure begins! All of their learning and plans and thoughts have not prepared them for this time suspense. They experience one wonderful adventure after another, all to bring them to a surprised but peaceful ending. I can't wait for the next in this series and I highly recommend this book for families!!!
This book is M. K. McDaniel's first novel and it's pretty racy (scary) and grand in its scope. There are actually significantly mature and scary themes throughout but I think McDaniel handles character development very well in contrast. The protagonist, Nina, and her younger brother, Jacob, are faced with myriad challenges at every turn, including going from being rich and well cared for to impoverished, destitute, and on their own under the auspices of austere and frightening adults, reminiscent of Shirley Temple in the movie the Little Princess. On the other hand it is also a fantastical story like the Wizard of Oz, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, and The Sword of Shannara, all mixed together. It's a story that will definitely hold the attention of young readers. My only concern was the concept of the role of evil throughout which is, of course, represented in the myriad obstacles that Nina and her brother must defeat or overcome. But here is how the author handled that, which I thought was actually quite profound (as all good books should be); in the story he has a young girl explain to Nina what evil actually is. First she asks Nina what would be the most horrible thing in the world to which Nina replies, `separation from her parents'. The young girl says that is exactly what evil is; anything that separates us from what we love. I think this novel is for children 11, 12 and up. I think it might genuinely scare children younger than that, but I wouldn't hesitate recommending to my grandson Devin, and I'm sure he will look forward to every book in the series.
Full of fantasy, adventure great characters and most importantly a great story, me and my daughter absolutely loved it. She wants to re-read it again tonight so I have a feeling we will be very familiar with Nina Beana and Jake!
If you have kids that love stories of adventure, magic, pirates and more, then they will LOVE this book! So will you because it is a great story! Highly Recommended!