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The Lost Kingdom Hardcover – August 27, 2013
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This is the story of a young man who has a chance to prove that he is growing up. His father takes him on a trip of discovery and learning...on a flying ship!! Together with the rest of the crew they find the answer to a mystery, escape from a wolf bear and learn how to trust their own instincts.
The excitement of the story kept me turning the pages as fast as I could. This would be an excellent book to read as a family together.
There is no bad language as this is a youth book. I am a 64 year old grandmother of 24 and I would definitely recommend this book to my grandchildren of all ages.
Read this book! You won't be sorry you did.
In a bold move to secure a new set of allies in the interior, the American Philosophical Society, a group of intellectuals led by Benjamin Franklin, have decided to send an expedition in search of a fabled Welsh kingdom built around the legendary tale of Madoc, the Welsh prince who is supposed to have landed in the America's centuries before Columbus. This really is a legend in our world, so I found that to be quite interesting.
The intellectuals are joined by the son of their botanist, a young teen named Billy Bartram. They are not traveling by boat or by foot but in a sort of steampunk airship powered by balloons of some kind. The ship is an actual ship and it flies much like a blimp. They fly out to the new fort at what will be Pittsburgh in the distant future (barely escaping French spies as they leave Philadelphia). A sneak attack by French Marines and an encounter with a bearwolf throw the entire expedition off track. Throw in the suspicion that there is a spy in their midst and things have really gone wrong for Billy and this crew of geniuses...
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Their trip turns into a fleeing of sorts: a French attack party is on their heels, along with a dangerous bear-wolf that watches their every move. A member of the party turns on the rest of the group and dangers await their every turn. The beautiful thing that Kirby does with the novel is integrate its setting with the coming about of America. These imaginative stories are set with the founding of America as its backdrop. Historical characters are woven into the plot in both their true personas and their symbolic ones. Right from the beginning Kirby catches his audience with an appearance of Ben Franklin, a member of the secret society. Kirby maintains his readers’ interest through encounters with Native Americans. The dialog is quick and the diction is engaging. All in all The Lost Kingdom is an excellent book for anyone searching for a little history and adventure.
The book takes place in a Pre-Revolutionary War America, and includes the kind of fantastical inventions usually seen in steampunk. Billy Bartram sets out on an adventure with his father, who is part of a secret society of philosophers and scientists. They are looking for the lost city of a Welsh prince named Madoc, and they hope he can help them in their war against the French. They encounter strange creatures and find a stowaway. Along the way, they pick up a guide and Billy learns that his father has prejudice against the native people, but he doesn't know why. They also discover that a traitor in their midst may make the journey fail.
It was a fun read. I really enjoyed the setting of a colonial America with gadgets. The characters were mostly interesting. There were some suprises along the way and I wouldn't mind reading more books in the series.
I received a review copy of this ebook from Scholastic Press and NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you for allowing me to review this ebook.
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Kirby storytelling is solid. This book is a sort of colonial America Lost Horizon type of story. There are a lot of good ideas, but a few parts dragged for me.Published 7 months ago by Jeff Creer
Great read, great visuals, and creative story line. Would recommend for anyone!Published 7 months ago by Adam T. Smith
I just finished Matthew Kirby's 2013 MG/YA fantasy novel "The Lost Kingdom"--and found it utterly compelling. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Timothy J. Myers
Great story, well written and packed with adventure. A lot of it is fantasy and fiction, but many characters and events are based on real people so a very interesting story for... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Michele Francken
I liked this whole story the ending was very touching thank you very much I hope you come out with a book 2of this story thanks from anonymousPublished 21 months ago by barbara ray taylor
It was very emotional, but awesome! I really really admire this book. It is a mixture of action and friendship.Published 22 months ago by matthew