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My Kingdom for a Quest (Bookania Quests) (Volume 3) Paperback – February 14, 2015
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About the Author
Kendra E. Ardnek loves fairy tales and twisting them in new and exciting ways. She's been practicing her skills on her dozen plus cousins and siblings for years, "Finish your story, Kendra", is frequently heard at family gatherings. Her sole life goal has always been to grow up and be an author of fantasy and children's tales that also glorify God and his Word. You can read more about her on her blog,knittedbygodsplan.blogspot.com.
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-Arthur! I really like Arthur- he’s one of my top favorite Bookania characters. And Kingdom is primarily his story, which is awesome.
-Other friends return- most of the characters I like less have been minimized, while those I like more (like Madeline, Samson, Shira, Grandfather, and Eric) have larger roles. I was disappointed to not see more of Serendipity, Solomon, and Joan, but on the whole, the characters were excellent. Also, Robin’s mellowed a bit and has been given a bit more depth, so I like her better than I did previously.
-Fairy-tale and folklore references continue to appear both in the expected and unexpected ways. Picking all of them out is always fun. The twist on the Lady of the Lake was the best, in my opinion.
-Madeline and Samson are adorable. So are Eric and Robin, in their own way. On the whole, the romances in this book make me quite happy.
-Rough writing again. This seems to be a common trait in Kendra’s earlier books. Kingdom improves from the previous books in the series, but there are still a few places where a bit more polishing would’ve been nice.
-Lots of characters. This isn’t exactly bad, but it does mean I have a hard time keeping track of everyone, particularly the secondary characters.
Overall, My Kingdom For a Quest is a definite improvement over the first two books in the series, and is another quick, fun read.
I saw Kendra Ardnek's books around the homeschool author community for awhile before reading them. My first was The Ankulen, which got me hooked on her writing. Then I ventured back to the Bookania Quests and read Sew, It's a Quest, which wasn't as good as her later writing, but I still enjoyed it greatly and wanted to continue the series. I read the second book, Do You Take This Quest in one day when I was sick around Christmas. I liked that one even more, and, since I loved it and can highly recommend it after reading it when I was sick (nothing serious, but I felt pretty awful), I would guess that means it is really good to be able to transcend illness. My Kingdom for a Quest is better than either of the two previous books in the series.
Kendra's writing has improved considerably throughout her journey as a published author. Not that Sew was bad, it wasn't, it just isn't as good. Kingdom is the same quality of writing as The Ankulen, though the style is slightly different being in third person instead of first. It's sort of like older books, but a lively, fun type of writing, and at times it reminded me a bit of C. S. Lewis. She weaves many stories together in one, and handles the very large cast of characters well. Honestly, the various characters have more distinct personalities than I remember the dwarves in the book of The Hobbit having.
Bookania is a fantasy world, but other than fairy godmother gifts, there is little magic left. Things have Changed. Much is inspired by various fairy tales and legends, but woven together into something new. There isn't really much new in the realm of setting in this book, but it is consistent with the worldbuilding of the two previous books. Bookania is an interesting place, and I feel there is still more to be revealed in it's cultures and histories.
The main objective is to get rid of Uncle Mordreth. How to get everyone they need to help in the right place and willing to work together... It picks up after the honeymoons of Robin and Eric and Robert and Rosamond who had a double wedding in the last book. There are many personal things going on as those who have been asleep come to terms with it being one hundred years later, and as Robin behaves like Robin. And Eric has to deal with her. The plot wasn't terribly complex, though not entirely straightforward either, and I really enjoyed the storyline.
Character Development: 5/5
And now to my favorite part: Robin and Eric. They're just so funny together. There's more background on them in this book, about their long running childhood rivalry. I enjoyed it immensely. And their collections! No spoilers on it, though I just HAD to tell my sister even though she hadn't even read Take yet (I let her borrow my kindle to read it as soon as I finished Kingdom and she had it done by bedtime). But those were definitely some of my favorite parts. There's not quite as much of Robert and Rosamond, but they are still in it. There's more of Arthur and Shira's character gets explored more, as does Samson's. And the way things were for these characters before the Change is expanded on. But still, Robin and especially Eric take first place as favorites. I'm pretty sure Eric is my favorite. He's pretty awesome.
If you love fantasy, adventure, or are just looking for a fun read for any age, I highly recommend The Bookania Quests.
I received a free ARC in exchange for an honest review. I was under no obligation to write a positive review. The opinions expressed are my own.
For more reviews from me and my sisters, visit www.shirereviews.blogspot.com