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The Mirror of Doom (The Out-of-this-World Adventures of Tim Hunter) (Volume 1) Paperback – August 19, 2016
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"Without a doubt, The Mirror of Doom is the most delightful children's story I have read in some time." - Readers' Favorite
Bailey Baxter's tale of typical teens was written in a realistic fashion up until the fantasy realm takes over, when they are magically transported to another world. Tim's humorous narration of the story gave me cause to chuckle in many instances, as he told things from a twelve-year old's point of view, inclusive of his personal analysis of each of the other characters in the story, holding nothing back. All three of the children are initially shown as quite self-absorbed and selfish, but their emotional growth and respect for one another is evident as they face each challenge head-on. Bailey Baxter is a writer with great talent and has a flair for telling stories of intrigue to readers of all ages. I recommend The Mirror of Doom to all readers who enjoy fun, action, sci-fi, fantasy, and a major dose of comedy in their magical adventures.
From the Author
The Mirror of Doom is my first published book -- although I've been writing stories for as long as I can remember. I took my relationship with my siblings growing up, mixed in my love for fantasy and fairy tales, added some hair-raising adventure, and voila! I ended up with a story I hope kids of all ages will love.
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I purchased Mirror Of Doom for an eight-year-old family friend who happens to read at a much higher level, and is quite fond of children’s adventure and fantasy literature. I also picked up a copy for myself (I’m much older than 8) on Kindle. I read the book over a holiday weekend and wanted to share with other readers what I found.
I would categorize this work as a contemporary fairy tale fantasy adventure.
All the elements of fairy tale fantasies are present, such as a magic mirror that transports the characters to a magical and distant land populated by Kings, evil Queens, ambitious Princes, dwarves, wicked creatures called Galrogs and even a real fire-breathing dragon!
That’s right … there’s a DRAGON!
The story is told through the eyes of Timmy (scratch that … make that TIM) Hunter, a scrawny, scrappy young boy who passes through a magic mirror from his present day existence, entering a fantasy world of medieval proportions, complete with the fantastic creatures and characters mentioned above.
He’s immediately followed by his annoying (to Tim) older sister Kat and their older, star athlete brother Ron. They learn their only way back through the mirror to home is to commit a worthy act of bravery.
Soon, they are off on a mission, meeting up with Prince Gavril, a no-nonsense leader and son of the ousted King of Tryton. Along the way they pick up a friend of the Prince’s, Beriman a worldly dwarf, and experienced soldier-type with considerable sword-fighting skills.
Beriman is blessed with the one of the most dramatic moments and memorable quotes in the book: “Dwarves never surrender!”
There’s a lot to like about Mirror Of Doom. It’s written in a whimsical, fun style, punctuated by comical moments, mostly having to do with the interaction between the siblings and the sometimes “fish out of water” moments because of the stark differences between home and this new reality.
I also liked the fast pace of the novel … not a lot of drawn-out exposition. Everything you need to know to follow the story is revealed either in conversation or within context of the events unfolding.
There are Easter eggs in this story too … such as conventional fairy tale tie-ins between this story and several Brother’s Grimm tales. You’ll see what I mean when you read it, but I thought those tie-in references really added a dimension to the story - wholly original.
I won’t spoil the story by revealing any more detail.
If you’re a fan of children’s lit, fairy tales, Narnia or even Tolkien-esque adventures, you’ll love this book, it’s wholesome, family friendly entertainment you can give to a young reader with absolute confidence they’ll enjoy the story without fear of corruption by bad language or extreme graphic content.
Mirror Of Doom is a fun, fast, and thoroughly enjoyable read. Hope you like it as much as I did.
I come from a family of many children, so the author has sibling relationships pegged--both the fighting and concern. It's the attitude, "I can call you names and pick on you, but let anyone else outside the family try, and watch us band together."
An enjoyable read. Thumbs up to the author.