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Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny (The Dream Chronicles) (Volume 1) Paperback – December 15, 2016
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Twins, Suzie and Jack, are transported through an enchanted drawing and find themselves in an unknown world, inhabited by strange talking creatures and ruled by a white tiger. The only other humans in this mysterious world are two other siblings, Liam and Elena, who have been lost in this fantasy world for some time. Like the twins, they also find themselves in the same predicament, stuck in a world they don’t understand yet are seemingly connected too, with no idea how to get home. The four set out on a quest that will hopefully ensure peace for the kingdom and a way home for all of them.
Eirich has created a world rich in vibrancy and characters that are likable and relevant. Written for a younger audience, the prose is simple and the storyline moves at a quick pace, keeping the reader engaged. Filled with fantastical birds, a little green dragon, and regal tigers, the story entices the readers imagination and awe in the characters adventures.
Each chapter has a unique poem at the beginning and little illustrations throughout, both of which enhance the chapter content. These unexpected inclusions, promote Eirich’s unique stylized writing and her interesting approach to a fantasy genre propagated to a younger audience. The storyline seems to move through a dreamy state which either foreshadows the series ending or enhances the series “Dream Chronicle” moniker.
Tiger Kingdom and the Book of Destiny is the first book in the Dream Chronicle series and is a short, quick, and easy read, both satisfying in content, and storyline for the age group intended. Although it ends without much fanfare or an intriguing cliffhanger, I suspect that book two may make up for it with an interesting and possibly dangerous adventure in the “villains” homeland. I also hope that the backstories of Liam and Elena are explored, as their presence in this world prior to the twin’s appearance provokes a multitude of questions.
The book is a great start to what could be an entertaining middle grade series, perfect for fans of the Chronicles of Narnia, the Land of Stories series, or anyone who enjoys getting lost in fantastical worlds full of exciting adventures and delightful characters.
This is an unfinished work. The author has packaged it as a complete book, so I have to judge it as such, and in that sense it is a disappointment. Much of the bulk of the volume is made up of poems (some repeated). These prove the author has a grasp of lyrical language and metaphor, and there are some vivid descriptions but they hang in the air, insubstantial and dreamlike. In the end, this book is as memorable as a dream; it will be forgotten in a few hours.