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The Key of Kilenya Paperback – July 28, 2011
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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About the Author
Andrea is an avid reader and outdoor-er, who loves traveling. She and her husband (AKA Mr. Darcy) were married only a few months ago, and have settled near a river that someday will probably overflow and flood their house. It took her nearly a lifetime to do so (nine years), but she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders from Brigham Young University. She plans to open a flying bicycle shop eventually, but for the time being, she is happy teaching orchestra to elementary students.
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Still, the mistakes didn't frustrate me so much as make me laugh, and the world that the author Pearson creates is a very imaginative and colorful one. I'm curious to learn more about it. While I wasn't that impressed with Jacob, the main character, at the beginning of the book, I warmed up to him towards the end, especially after meeting Aloren (possible love interest in later books?). He was somewhat bland before that (mostly just your average teen who acted as the vehicle through which the reader experiences the fantasy world), but his interactions with Aloren, alternating between awkwardness at dealing with someone he was attracted to, annoyance at her interfering in his mission, and sympathy for the hardships she has faced, made him a much more relatable character.
In the end, I'd probably categorize this as "junk fiction" - as in the literary equivalent of junk food. Not much literary value, not much substance, and not actually good for you in any sense of the word, but easy to read and entertaining.
I'd recommend this for someone looking for a creative, fast-paced fantasy adventure, who is willing to overlook plot holes and inconsistencies. If you think you might be bothered by that, though, steer clear.
Review for the Kindle ebook formatting: only four typos that I noticed, three of which were minor formatting errors. Bizarrely, the Table of Contents only lists the first chapter, "About the Author," a Pronunciation Guide and Acknowledgements, despite the fact that there are 18 chapters. So, the Table of Contents is virtually useless, unless all you wanted was a shortcut to the Pronunciation Guide. No page numbers, but the scene changes have a nice little illustration of a key (same as the one on the cover), as opposed to a simple blank space or series of asterisks.
There were so many things I really liked about the way the author has portrayed Jacob. He strikes me as a typical fourteen year old who although he is self-confident, he still displays a bit of timidity and shyness. This is very noticeable both when he is told that he needs to be the one to rescue the Key to Kilenya, and when he meets Aloren, a female not much older than himself who will be accompanying him and his companions on their trek. In the ways of talking with girls he is a novice and wishes Matt were there as he would be much more confident and self-assured in this type of social situation. The way the author developed, slowly, the relationship between Jacob and Aloren was not only plausible but also logical considering the challenges each faces as seek to achieve their individual objectives .
One additional thing I enjoyed about this book is the creativity and imaginativeness the author used to develop the many different characters both good and bad. What an imagination to develop so many different types of characters, each with their own unique characteristics.
As a Fifth grade teacher I require my students to read a minimum of 30 books per school year. In order to do so I must be available as a resource for them to come to for good book recommendations. It was with this in mind that I picked up this book. Having read it in four days I will certainly recommend it. I found it to be one of those that you just can't put down. The only concern I have is that they may find it to be the same way for them and then I'll have the difficult task of getting them to put it away when they need to be working on other things in class. This book was definitely well worth the time spent reading it and I look forward to continuing the series with The Ember Gods.
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