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Bear Kingdom & The Golden Sword (The Dream Chronicles Book 2) Kindle Edition
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The story this time was in a different location and felt more intense and engaging. The things they faced and the lessons learned should entertain readers of all ages. The Bear King was character who I really enjoyed for reasons I won’t get into, as it might spoil things for others. The end made my heart warm and was much more satisfying. Though there is room for more, and I look forward to carrying on the adventure.
I recommend adding both parts of this fantastical adventure to your child’s bookshelf.
The story begins as a poem, and we are pulled, as if through enchantment, into a dream scape. How else to describe it? The reader won't find much logic in this tale. This might seem intentional because we are treated to beautiful imagery in a surreal way. However, we soon realize the story was published too soon.
I get the impression the previous novel had no ending because this book seems to have no satisfying beginning. We're with characters without their being introduced. For anyone who has not read the previous book, we feel as if we've been dropped into the middle of a movie. We need to be introduced to the characters so we not only know them; we care about them.
The lack of logic prevents the reader from entering into an atmosphere of excitement and dread. A constant use of deus ex machina, with its rescues from dangers that are not allowed to develop and its gifts to give the kids their victory over the forces of evil do little to capture our emotions. It's like someone being rescued from drowning before they fall into the water. We get little or no follow-through on actions. Threats don't become attacks. And if an attack occurs, it's is mostly perfunctory. If some magical being doesn't appear to rescue to children, the attack goes nowhere but dissolves like ice in the sun. And one wonders why the magical beings don't carry out the mission themselves instead of the kids. When a magical being doesn't appear to guide them, the kids seem to intuit the direction themselves, as if psychic. Often the children react to the danger in inappropriate ways.
The landscape is odd. The way to Bear Castle seems to wander through scenes that seem unrelated to locale. We are truly in an altered state where instead of tundra in the arctic, we get forests and flowers.
Every scene begs to be developed. The story plays to the senses of sight and hearing, but not much to a sense of feeling, except mostly as warmth. Instead of receiving explanations up front where they could avoid confusing the reader, they appear much later in the text. For example, we don't know Suzie is a twin or that she is 12 until well into the story. And certain words and expressions are overused, such as sparkling eyes. Suzie, even though she is first person point of view, seems too aware that her cheeks become red or that her eyes sparkle, despite not having a reflective surface to show her this.
I feared that since we had been dropped into the story at the beginning, that we would be dropped from the story at the end. The end, however, is satisfactory with a sense of completion and the anticipation of new adventures in the next book in the series. Poems at the end remind me of credits and music at the end of a movie. We emerge from the beautiful dream.
The goal is well stated: to rescue the Book of Destiny and the tiger queen and her cubs from the bear castle. The theme seems to be more about faith in the face of danger.
Here is a story that is imaginative and entertaining. It is as sweet as spun sugar. a light confection and as pretty.
A continuation of the story that began in the first book, we find ourselves once again immersed in the fantasy world of the animal kingdoms. This time, on a quest to save the Tiger Queen and her cubs. The twins, Jack and Suzie and their friends Liam and Elena travel into the Kingdom of the Bear King; a cold frozen tundra full of magic and danger. The story is slightly darker in this book. The Bear Kingdom has been cursed by dark magic and all in the kingdom have fallen under its spell. The protagonists must find their way through an unknown world where danger is lurking in every shadow.
During their journey, the four friends begin to understand their destinies, how they are intertwined, and why they have been brought to this strange world. They are faced with challenges that will test their bonds of family, friendship, and strength of self. But perseverance and trust in one another spur them on.
Each of Eirich’s young human characters are good role models for readers. They are interesting, grounded, self-aware, and engaging, perfect for the middle-grade audience. She also introduces supporting characters throughout her story; different magical beings, talking woodland animals, dragons. All an integral part of her world building and story arc but equally important to help readers connect to her fantasy universe by engaging their imaginations.
Once again Eirich has infused her prose with her poetry adding to the wonder of the fantastical atmosphere she has created in her universe. The story is thoughtfully written for her audience, the prose simple, yet appealing. The world-building focused yet does not rival the detail of adult fantasy novels which may take a young reader out of the story.
The Dream Chronicle series is a wonderful addition to any child’s reading shelf. Stories that will stretch the imagination and instill a child with a sense of wonder. I highly recommend this series for young readers and those of us who like to pretend. I will definitely be reading the next story in the series!