Chloe Rose and the Enchanted Maze

Chloe Rose and the Enchanted Maze

by Veronica Elle Butler

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“Chloe Rose is a winsome heroine, and her adventures in the maze are well done: They introduce fantastic characters, including the Librarian, a specter composed of all the letters in every known human language. The novel also brims with ideas...” -- Kirkus Reviews

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Twelve-year-old Chloe Rose lives a quiet, happy life in her hometown Wilmoton, but she’s haunted by the same nightmare night after night—one with guns and swords and lost fathers. When another brewing battle has her town preparing for war, Chloe’s fears are made into a reality. Promises are left unfulfilled, her family is torn apart, and she must leave her comfy life in Wilmoton behind when she and her mother move into the King’s palace. Living in a castle seems like a dream come true, like the new beginning they need, but Chloe’s not convinced. After a series of altercations, Chloe Rose is kicked out, more desperate for hope than ever. To restore what she’s lost, Chloe travels to an enchanted maze where wishes come true and fairies rule. But with evil forces working against her and her new friends, can Chloe complete the trials of the maze or will her heart’s desires be left unfulfilled?

Chloe Rose and The Enchanted Maze is a powerful story of bravery, friendship, grief, and love.

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Kirkus Reviews

2020-03-08
A girl embarks on a journey through a magical maze in Butler’s children’s fantasy debut.

Eight-year-old Chloe Rose lives in Wilmoton with her mother, Catherine, and father, Michael, an army captain who frequently leaves home due to the town’s conflict with the neighboring village of Cottondale. Chloe’s best friend is Thyra Andrews, whose father, Albert, serves in the army with Michael, and tragedy strikes when both men die in battle. Nearly a year later, Chloe’s mother marries King Francis II, and Chloe becomes the stepsister to the king’s daughter, Matilda. The girls don’t get along, and Chloe goes to stay with her grandmother Ethel, who tells her about Ellotosa’s Maze, a “connection to another world” that grants children who complete the maze their deepest wish. Intrigued, Chloe decides to visit the Ellotosa’s Maze and asks Thyra to join her. Along the way, they meet Edith Caswell, who believes she lost her parents and brother in a storm, and with her companions, Chloe Rose completes the challenges that are supposed to allow her to achieve her wish: to spend “one last day” with her father. However, danger lurks in the maze, and the girls discover that the fairy Asotolle has her own plans for them. Chloe Rose is a winsome heroine, and her adventures in the maze are well done: They introduce fantastic characters, including the Librarian, a specter composed of all the letters in every known human language. The novel also brims with ideas, though editing missteps make some of the text confusing. For example, when discussing the characters Ms. Makkine and Ms. Lupton, Butler writes, “the children fell under their responsibility when all the house heads had caste lots.” Such lapses aside, this is an appealing story that takes the characters on a quest that reveals the power of friendship.

An amiable fantasy for children that needed stronger editing.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940163421329
Publisher: GenZ Publishing
Publication date: 03/25/2020
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
File size: 3 MB
Age Range: 12 Years

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