From School Library Journal
Grade 4–6—Kehl is the son of Prince Amatec, a powerful warrior who is determined to conquer Temoc, the Fallen King, who sails the neighboring waters of the Carillon. Kidnapped by Temoc and taken aboard his ship, Kehl eventually discovers that Temoc is not the real villain. Durango's writing mimics that of traditional warrior tales with a measured cadence and muscular descriptions. She occasionally throws in a bit of low-brow vocabulary and innuendo that will likely catch readers' attention yet doesn't quite fit the narrative tone. In the last quarter of the book, an adequate plot and decent style crumbles into battlefield clichés and cloying emotion, and the climactic scene is rather maudlin. Much of this book is fairly entertaining, making it an adequate additional purchase, but Durango doesn't quite have her sea legs in this one.—Alyson Low, Fayetteville Public Library, AR
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About the Author
Julia Durango is the author of Dream Hop, Cha-Cha Chimps, Angels Watching Over Me, and Pest Fest. Her first novel, The Walls of Cartagena, came out last year. She lives with her two sons in Ottawa, Illinois.