Author: A. H. Richardson
Publisher: Serano Press
Release Date: December 26, 2014
Rating: 4 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A magical tale with dragons, hidden stones, treasures, and, of course, evil forces trying to stop Jorie at every turn.
Marjorie, who prefers to be called Jorie, has gone to live with her aunt. She has a vivid imagination and lets it run wild at her new country home. With her fire-red hair flowing behind her, she runs around the estate and quickly meets a new friend, Rufus, who lives next door. Together they find a mysterious land beneath the Tarn that is full of enchantment, danger and adventure. They meet a good dragon, the Great Grootmonya who sends them on a quest to find the three Stones of Maalog and return them. Jorie is in possession of the first stone, which will lead them to the next. Along the way, they have to deal with evil dragons and even worse creatures to accomplish their mission.
Jorie and the Magic Stones is a fun story that will be a good edition for young readers. This isn’t one that everyone will love, but for those that enjoy fantasy novels, this is going to be one to add to their list. I liked the characters, especially the kids, they had spunk. I had a few points that I got confused on, but it was probably because I was reading The Magician’s Nephew (Chronicles of Narnia), at the same time and there are several similarities between the two books. The target audience of young readers will enjoy the short chapters and fun characters. The travel between worlds made me feel like I was in the story and couldn’t wait to see what they would find. I recommend this book to young readers looking for adventure in an entertaining story.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher. The views and opinions expressed within are my own.