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Posted August 7, 2012
Once again, Sarah Renee has woven a complex and exciting tale about the animal world that will draw readers in and keep them on the edge of their seats.
Enchanted Home is a multi-layered adventure story which introduces the new main character named Jeb. What sort of animal Jeb and his family actually are is a mystery as the story unfolds. What we know immediately is that these creatures are living in an intriguing place, a forest in the middle of a desert, where terrible things have happened and continue to happen. There seems to be a mystical force at work – and then there is a possibly evil emperor…. When the story begins, we find that new mysterious (dangerous?) creatures are aboveground. And they seem to be making themselves at home with no intention of leaving. What are the underground dwellers to do?
The parallel story is the continuing saga of Saderia, the Tiger Princess, and her family. The animal kingdom, ruled by Saderia’s parents, has moved from their former forest home to a new forest, a strange and eerie place where bad things seem to happen constantly as the animals attempt to adapt. Saderia herself struggles to deal with the loss of her friend Dingo, while watching her royal parents deal with crisis after crisis.
Sara’s descriptive writing sends readers on a roller coaster ride of fear, desperation and hope as the animals work to rebuild their lives, recreate their former home, and deal with obstacles aplenty – not only because of the frightened underground creatures – but because of the mysterious forest itself.
Recommended for ages nine and up, young people who like an in-depth read with lots of action.
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Posted October 28, 2013