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Monday, September 7, 2009

Emily & The Silent King


Emily & The Silent King
by Irven Keppen

From Amazon.com:
Emily thought becoming a teenager was hard enough, but she had no idea what was in store for her. When the young girl from New Jersey finds herself and her three siblings magically transported to the wondrous land of Midralon, her troubles are only just beginning. Confronted by creatures right out of old fairy tales, Emily must shoulder the responsibility of getting her brothers and sister back to their own world safely or they will be forever stranded in this strange new realm! After an encounter with the sinister servants of the evil ruler known as the Silent King, Emily realizes more is at stake then just getting home. Midralon is a land at war and she must keep her siblings out of harms way and avoid the armies rampaging through the land. There's only one problem, all of her paths seem to lead to a confrontation with the frightening Silent King himself.

If you guys know me by now, it's that I love anything fantasy. In fact, I live, eat, and breathe it. So, I had to give this book a go. The first book in the series, it has all the elements of a fantasy series - an evil sorcerer, a quest, fighting, magical creatures and much much more.

This book echoes Narnia a wee bit - four siblings, two girls and two boys making their way into another realm and having to fight to save it. I can't say I fell in love with any of the main characters, but I'm sure I'll learn more about them as the series goes on. I did, however, love the dwarves. How can you not love those small fighting men who live for the forge and war?

I did enjoy it, but wasn't as engrossed as I like to be when reading fantasy. I will be interested to see how the series progresses though.

4/5 Roses

*This one is in the pot for the Comment Contest

21 comments:

  1. As soon as I read the summary Narnia came to mind. I did really like those books so maybe I will give this one a shot. I am always looking for a good fantasy book. Great review!

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  2. Halfway through the summary, I thought the same thing Narnia, but, this does sound good and it is encouraging that there will be several more to read. Great review.

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  3. I've heard some good things about this book. Thanks for the review!

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  4. Good review!
    Not sure that book is for me though, is there any kind of love story?

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  5. I love fantasy too! I like the cover of this book, with the unicorn..
    How many books are in the serie?

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  6. There is a hint of a love story, it is truly sweet. I loved all the characters! My favorite one has got to be....hmmmmmm....I really can't choose. The children in the book are truly endearing. I really love the magic "source"...great idea!

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  7. This sounds interesting. I love the cover!

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  8. Finding a good fantasy book is tough. Especially when you've grown up reading the likes of LOTR and Narnia. Still 4 out of 5 is a generous review.

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  9. A new fantasy series you say? I might have to check it out.

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  10. Sounds like an interesting book. My 15-year old son LOVES anything fantasy - I'll tell him about this one. Thanks for the review -

    Sue

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  11. Its a beautiful looking book.... thats usually the first draw for me.

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  12. Does sound Narnia-ish to me too! I loved Narnia though so maybe i'll check it out...

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  13. It does sound kind of like Narnia. It's my first time hearing about this book so might just check it out.

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  14. Sounds interesting, but I doubt I would have picked it up right away. Good review.

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  15. You will have to let us know if the series gets any better. I have yet to read Narnia and will probably read that series before this one.

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  16. Hmm, it does sound ridiculously similar to Narnia and the cover isn't so great. Good, fair review.

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  17. Thanks for the nice review Kristen!

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  18. Great review! but I don't think this book is for me.

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  19. This does really sound a lot like the Narnia series, but you still gave it a good review, so it must compensate for the similarities. I've always been a big fantasy person, so I'll think about checking it out. From the cover alone, it doesn't look like something I would grab off the shelf, so I'll wait and see if people seem to enjoy where the series is going.

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  20. This sounds like a book that I wouldn't be obsessed about but when the 2nd book in the series would come out I'd probably read it.

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