Children's Literature - Stephanie GuerraWhen Cam is unceremoniously replaced as wizard's apprentice by an arrogant seven-year-old, he knows it's time to seek his fortune and his past. Raised in the royal castle since birth, Cam has no idea where he came from, who his parents are, or what destiny awaits him. To find out, he must go to the realm of Outer Earth, a parallel world that readers will recognize as twenty-first century America. Meanwhile, Princess Quinn, with whom Cam is hopelessly in love, is being forced into a corner: she must choose a husband at the upcoming ball or her father will choose for her. Quinn is determined to find a way out of her predicament that doesn't involve marrying one of her awful suitors. This is the story of Cam's and Quinn's pathshow they tangle, how they meet, and how each finds the future for which they've been looking. The best aspect of this story is the interplay between Inner Earth and Outer Earth characters. Regan captures the gaze of a newcomer to the contemporary world with humorous authenticity, capitalizing on the potential for funny medieval-meets-modern moments. Otherwise, her writing tends towards the fluffy and contrived. There are far too many instances of deus ex machina, where plot problems are magically resolved with little to no effort on the part of the characters.
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