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Friday, August 13, 2010

The Night of the Solstice by L.J. Smith: Book Review

The Night of the Solstice (Wildworld Book #1)
by L.J. Smith
Aladdin: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 978-1-4169-9840-2
Suggested Ages: 8-12 (Some violence)

Description: When Claudia Hodges-Bradley meets a fox, she knows it will be an extraordinary day. Not just any fox, this vixen is the magical familiar of the sorceress Morgana Shee. For years Morgana has guarded the solitary gate between Earth and the Wildworld, a shimmering parallel universe where legends still live. She alone holds the secret of the mirrors that serve as the last passage to enchantment. But Morgana has been betrayed and imprisoned in the Wildworld, and the fox is determined to recruit the Hodges-Bradley kids for the rescue mission. Armed only with courage and determination, Alys, Charles, Janie, and Claudia must save Morgana before the winter solstice, when the evil sorcerer Cadal Forge plans to escape Wildworld and conquer Earth. And with December 21 only two weeks away, there is no time to lose. . .

The Good Stuff
  • Magic, sorcerers, flying serpents, talking foxes and lots of adventure!
  • Intriguing bad guys/gals
  • Wonderfully real and interesting characters
  • You won't want to put it down
  • Reminded me a little of Lion Witch and Wardrobe without the religious imagery.  Not really the story but the way the children worked together.  Very real sibling relationships.
  • Fantastic opening that really grabs your attention and draws you into the story
  • Looking forward to the next book in the series "Heart of Valor"
  • Great epic fantasy quest for the younger set
The Not so Good Stuff
  • A wee bit predictable, but just a wee bit
  • Again irritated by the fact that the parents are useless and out of touch
Favorite Quotes/Passages

"Yes, you! Why do you think I have wasted all this time recounting the history of Wildfolk? For my own amusement? I need help, and you four have able bodies and fair to middling minds. Or so I thought."

"You are responsible for what will happen to you next, you are the creator of your own future."

"Do you think Morgana would let me trade in my Kryptonite for a dirt bike?"

What I Learned
  • That I would love the ability to talk to animals
  • I much prefer YA fantasy novels to those written for adults
Who should/shouldn't read
  • Pretty much anyone who likes to lose themselves in a story
  • The darkness/violence may be a little much for younger readers
  • Thinking my neighbors daughter is going to love this
4 Dewey's

I received this book from Simon and Schuster in return for an honest review -- cool ain't it!

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