- Series: Kingdom of Oceana
- Paperback: 222 pages
- Publisher: Butterhorse Media (November 27, 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0692508414
- ISBN-13: 978-0692508411
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.5 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 13.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (40 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,791,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Kingdom of Oceana (Volume 1) Paperback – November 27, 2015
The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles is a fun read. Right from page one, the story drew me in and kept me hooked all the way through. It is packed full of fun, adventure and mythology, all the stuff that makes a story well worth the read. The plot follows a twisting path through a beautiful tropical world, and Mitchell Charles' use of descriptive language really brings the story alive. The characters were really well developed and there were a few real-world issues dealt with here - it isn't just some fantastical make believe tale; there are a few lessons to be learned along the way. This book is a real page-turner, full of action and adventure,and I would highly recommend it to anyone. I hope that there will be more books like this from Mitchell Charles in the future." - 5 Stars, Readers' Favorite
About the Author
Mitchell Charles’ love of the ocean and its miraculous creatures began at the age of 12 when his father taught him to SCUBA dive. From his first adventure 50 feet (15 meters) beneath the Caribbean Sea he was hooked. Mitchell’s inspiration for The Kingdom of Oceana was born of exploring the spectacular coastline, lush valleys, and vibrant coral reefs of the Hawaiian Islands. On these excursions, he imagined what Hawaii was like hundreds of years ago. Before Captain Cook arrived from England. Before the golf courses and hotels. Before the ukulele and the Mai Tai became icons of Hawaiian culture. He dreamed of a time when the islands were an undiscovered magical paradise. These days, Mitchell divides his time between Southern California and Hawaii. He has two teenage children and a dog named Magic.
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Top Customer Reviews
The story takes place in ancient Hawaii. The author does an amazing job building a world where men and animals are integrally connected and their histories interwoven. It's brilliantly imaginative and vibrant. I was particularly enamored by the scenery. The author really draws the reader in with vibrant imagery and entertaining subplots.
At the heart of the story is a young brother who must find his way in the world. Because he's second born, he questions his place in life. But his heart is pure and so is his noble spirit.
Overall, I enjoyed this immensely. I recommend to readers who enjoy Polynesian history and mythology.
The descriptions given about the island made the book feel so magical in a way. I could almost hear the waves and see the amazing tropical sights for myself as I listened to the book and it had this certain air about it that made me feel almost as if I was in Hawaii myself which I thought was so great. Everything was so vivid and detailed with the descriptions of the ocean, coral reefs, the animal life and even simple things such as the boats people used and the surfboards. The writing was absolutely amazing and did a great job of really bringing the setting to life as the story unfolded. I also learned a little more about the culture and mythology which I loved.
I really loved all of the characters so much, especially our main character Ailani. Although the two brothers were young, they were mature for their ages and knew their duties. Of course, that didn't stop them from getting on each other's nerves. They were smart boys and were eager to learn more about their responsibilities as princes while having fun every now and then like siblings do. They were adventurous and quick learners, quick thinkers, and ready for the challenges they faced as the story moved forward.
The magical elements in this book were so fun and the author did a great job of bringing light and dark magic, the curses, and the mythology to life and blending them so beautifully together. The way the magic worked was so intriguing and the magical items that helped the characters were interesting and had entertaining origins and it was fun discovering them. I also loved the intense action scenes sprinkled in the book. It made the story more exciting and had me on the edge a few times. Not only that but the narrator did a great job of reading the story and his accent really added to the cultural experience of the book. The audio was so relaxing and almost melodic at times.
The only reason I didn't give this book a five-star rating is while I loved everything about the book, I did have a problem with the pace of the story at times. Certain scenes I wished had been a little longer to avoid feeling a little rushed.
After trespassing on land that is strictly forbidden, the brothers stumble across an old tiki mask. This sets the stage for a waterfall of events which happen at lightning speed. A peaceful kingdom soon becomes at risk of war, until a plague of cursed sea creatures changes the direction of the conflict and causes potential enemies to unite against a common foe.
I can’t say enough good things about this book. Being the nerd that I am, I absolutely loved the intricate details about the lore of this culture, the pain-stakingly exhaustive description of the landforms, and the glossary of Hawaiian words included at the end of the book. I know more now about the geography and legends of this beautiful land than I ever could have possibly learned in school.
On top of that, about halfway through the book I reached a point where I was literally on the edge of my seat and couldn’t wait to find out what happened next. In fact, as I read the last page, I remember thinking, This can’t be the end. I want more!
And that’s not all.
As a homeschool mom, I was absolutely giddy with excitement when I saw the study guides that are available as a supplement to this outstanding book. Not only are there stunning photos of relevant Hawaiian landscape, but these study guides also cover literature, humanities, history, and earth science.
Even now my heart is beating fast as I think about the fact that this entire set comprises a unit study I can use with my kids!
I can not tell you enough times how highly I recommend this book and these study guides. I cannot wait to jump into this with my kids.
Disclaimer- I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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