Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Victor and the Sun Orb

Amy Nielsen

Victor, a fairy prince of Solandia, should enjoy a carefree life.  But from a early age, he finds himself very busy.

He learns complex magic and martial arts.  He's even taught how to live in a human world.  That's because his parents, Kind Godfred and Queen Magenta, know about a mortality spell that was cast on their son on the very day of his baptism.

A dark, hooded figure with eyes that burn like coal is to blame.  Victor's parents know that on his thirteenth birthday, their beloved son will be forced to leave Solandia and live with humans, perhaps never to return.

To find an antidote to the spell cast upon him as an infant, Victor must retrieve the mysterious sun orb, a source of magical power now in the hands of the dark, hooded figure.

As he sets upon his quest, a war between the forces of light and darkness erupts.  Good fairies wage battles with bad fairies, even as the power in their wands fades.

Enter a world of magic, and join the fairy prince as he fights for family, love, and friendship in Victor and the Sun Orb.

My Take:

First off let me tell you that the cover of this book is a bit misleading and really does a disservice to the awesome story.  The cover portrays a sweetness and light book you might buy for your 7 year old niece.  This is simply not the essence of the book.  The book is a wonderfully written YA mini-epic.  It isn't quite as epic as say The Chronicles of Narnia, but it absolutely holds its own.  Much like Narnia, this book is one that can be enjoyed at any age, teen or adult (hey I liked it and I'm in my early 20s).  It took a bit to really get into the story, but once you were in, you were in.  The strongest point was the writing in general, I thought it was awesome.  I think the author did really well in making it very readable, while at the same time, challenging the young teen reader.  I am looking forward to more from this author in the future.  The book was chalk full of real life lessons intermingled seamlessly with the elements of magic, which appeals to the kid in everyone.  The ending was sweet and predictable, but the book was really more about the journey rather than the destination.  I loved this book, and highly recommend it for young teens, 2 Borders with a Coupon.

Do you agree with my review?  Do you think I'm totally off base?  Either way I'd love to hear from you, be sure to leave a comment and tell me how you feel.

This book is for younger teens, and would likely be rated PG

***FTC Disclosure:  This book was provided in exchange for an honest review, no other compensation was given, all opinions are my own***

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Coffee and a Book Chick said...

Sounds like an interesting story -- but what is up with that cover?! If you hadn't posted this review, I would have passed up on this book!

kristy eléna said...

i'm intrigued and now want to read this.

p.s. thanks for the bloglove! i love your blog too. =)

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Fi said...

I agree that the cover's a bit off-putting but hey! We're not supposed to judge a book by it's cover now, are we? :P

This book pretty much had me won at the concept of a fairy prince knowing martial arts. I might have to hunt the book down now :)


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