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Sixteen-year-old Prince Ailani has always been in his brother’s shadow and feels that he is where he is destined to be. They live on the island of Hawaii, where there is an adventure, surfing, shark taming, fire walking, and even a thousand-year-old curse that they are about to unleash on their paradise. The boys discover an ancient tiki mask at a forbidden burial ground. (this sent me on a rabbit trail to watch the old Brady Bunch episode) Then without knowing it, they set about a chain of events that will send the islands of Oceana out of control. Prince Ailani must get in touch with his inner strength, and his ancestral spirit animal to overcome the obstacles ahead of him.
The part that sold me was that the author added footnotes all over to explain words that we as nonislanders may not be familiar.
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The Kingdom of Oceana was sent (and autographed!!) to me by the author for an honest review.
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.
I can’t say with authority how well all the elements of Hawaiian culture were represented, but I could tell the author did its best to give a respectful insight by including study guides and a glossary aimed at Middle Grade students. The whole mythology was fascinating and I loved learning every piece of it. The pitfall lies with how many elements were included. If the novel would have narrowed its scope, it would have ground the story better. That way, I would’ve enjoyed the twists more. Without that focus, I knew anything was possible and nothing came as a surprise. I took everything that happened for granted.
The plot, as I mentioned before, was quite entertaining and filled with action. I wasn’t sure where it was going, so I just let it take me through the adventure. This made it fast and fun to go through.
On the other hand, I knew exactly what to expect from the characters. They were quite predictable, especially the brothers Nahoa and Ailani, as they represented good and evil in a very clear-cut way. The story was based on these archetypes, but without adding anything new to them. I was especially disappointed with our main character as a hero. Prince Ailani depended on absolutely everyone to advance and he never truly showed an interest in growing. He was pretty clueless and went with the motions, pushed by the events surrounding him. It exasperated me how little he knew about everything!
The ever-growing pile of fantasy novels I’ve read have made me a tougher critic for these adventures, but this is a genre that always brings something good to my reading experience. With its highs and lows, The Kingdom of Oceana is a story with heart that we might know, but not with the same unique elements. It holds an appreciation for Hawaii that I’ll carry with me.
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