LOST IN A MAZE OF MYSTERY . . . Everyone knows that the creatures of the outside world are forbidden by magic to enter the land of Een. That’s why Kendra Kandlestar is so surprised when a giant Unger arrives in the middle of the night to deliver a cryptic message: If she can find the Door to Unger, she will be able to unlock the truth about her long-lost family. But when Kendra finds herself trekking through the wilderness with a magic-peddling faun and a rebellious Unger, she begins to wonder if it’s all just a clever trap to lead her into the heart of danger. Whom can Kendra trust? There’s only one way to find out: peek through the Door to Unger and enter a world of magic, monsters, and mystery!
About the Author
Growing up on a farm, Lee Edward Födi was subjected to various horrible chores such as cleaning up after chickens, pigs, geese, and younger siblings. There was a time when his father harbored hopes that his son would take over the family business—but these aspirations came to an abrupt end when the young author accidentally ran the tractor over his dad’s outhouse (thankfully, his dad was not inside at the time). As a result, Födi went on to pursue his love of art, mythology, and storytelling, all of which (luckily) do not require any skill in operating heavy machinery. He is the author and illustrator of The Chronicles of Kendra Kandlestar and has also illustrated several picture books, including I’ll Follow the Moon and The Chocolatier’s Apprentice, a Canadian national bestseller. When he is not writing and illustrating, Födi spends his time teaching kids how to daydream through his fun-filled creative writing workshops. He enjoys travelling, and especially exploring castles, mazes, tombs, and temples—not to mention tiny places hidden between the cracks of here and there.
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This is a story about monsters and mazes, and what it means to be lost. If you have ever been inside a maze, then you know that they do a very good job of making you lose your way. They are full of tricks and turns, and if you’re not careful, you will find yourself going in circles or headed down a dark road with no end. There are still a few mazes left in our world—you may have found yourself inside one if you’ve ever wandered through a farmer’s cornfield or visited a palace garden. But really, there is nothing very frightening about these modern mazes, for they harbor no hidden traps, no fanged goblins, no slurping monsters. But if you so lose yourself in this story, you just might discover such an adventure.
Our tale begins long ago in the tiny Land of Een. It was a wretched night—the whole sky crackled with claws of lightning and the dark clouds boomed with thunder. Now, the Land of Een is a very small place, tucked between the cracks of here and there. A normal-sized person might walk right through Een and not even realize it existed—especially during a terrific storm when the only thing anyone really wants to do is get indoors and dry themselves by a warm fire.
Yes, to you or me, a storm can be quite a dreadful affair— but think of the tiny people of Een: to them, a raindrop could be like a glass of water, a strong gust of wind nearly enough to pluck them from their feet.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Samantha Rivera for Readers' Favorite Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger is the second book in the series by Lee Edward Fodi. Kendra is back and ready to take on adventure once again as a call for help comes from a seemingly unlikely source. Things in the land of Een are changing fast and it just might be as dangerous for Kendra and her friends to stay as it is for them to leave. The monsters hiding outside their door just might be different than they’ve always imagined and it might be possible to find Kendra and Gregor’s long-lost family hiding out there somewhere. They all think it’s worth the risk. I have to say Kendra is back and better than ever in this book. She’s gotten a little stronger and a little more comfortable with what she’s capable of. She’s not one to sit idly by while something wrong is happening, no matter who it might be happening to, and that’s what makes her such a great character. I have to say I was very interested in what she was going to do next and I couldn’t help but wonder how she was going to rescue her friends and family from danger yet again. It’s easy to feel a kinship with Kendra because of the way that she reacts to protect others and to do what’s best, even if it isn’t easy. I have to say though that Oki is one of my favorites, too, because he’s just so frightened of everything and yet he’s able to do so much. Kendra Kandlestar and the Door to Unger was definitely a good continuation of this series.
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This book was better than any book. It's so amazing that I don't know what to say!