Time is running out! Prince Dustin and Clara only have three days to save the kingdoms deep in the Black Forest. They must journey even deeper into the woods, a mystical and perilous realm of magic, enchantment and monstrous creatures. Clara soon discovers why those that travel to this faraway land seldom return to tell their tales. They never suspect that Clara’s uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, a powerful wizard, has a dark secret that becomes their biggest challenge.
The thrilling adventure continues for 12-year old Clara and Prince Dustin, as Clara returns to the Land of Legends, a magical place of creatures and animals; a brave prince, fairy tale princesses, and a Snow Queen.
Prince Dustin and Clara ... a classic tale of fantasy and adventure!
About the Author
Daniel Lee Nicholson was born and raised in the Midwest. He has been a performer and ambassador of the performing and fine arts ever since his first performance as a soldier in The Nutcracker in Chicago. Nicholson performed in various productions of The Nutcracker ballet spanning 10 years. He currently resides with his wife in the Los Angeles area and works in the Media and Entertainment industry.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Clara is a 12-year-old ballerina who lives in her “hometown” and can be brought to the Nutcracker world by Prince Dustin, a Nutcracker. They go on a journey to save Princess Sugar Plum, Prince Dustin’s adopted fairy sister who was captured by the horrible Egon. They then realize that they must save the whole Nutcracker realm from Egon. Herr Drosselmeyer, Clara’s uncle, who is a wizard, is helping Egon. Clara is very confused as to why her uncle is helping Egon. Will Prince Dustin and Clara be able to save Princess Sugar Plum? Will they be able to save the kingdoms in the Nutcracker realm? Or will Egon take over? Opinion: Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest was a very engaging book. I have never read a book that is a retelling of the Nutcracker. Even though this book was a sequel, it can be read as a standalone. The end of each chapter usually had a cliffhanger that left me on the edge of my seat. The author did an amazing job hooking the reader in the story to keep them reading more. I like the fantasy elements, such as the animals could talk. I will definitely buy the first one to read more about this world. I would recommend this book for ages 10 and up.
Reviewed by Alyvia (age 11) for Reader Views Kids (10/19) “Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest” by Daniel Lee Nicholson is the second book in the Secrets of the Black Forest Series. The world the author created is wonderful with dark scary creatures, really evil wizards and a Mouse King. Which yes, is along the same story line of the” Nutcracker,” but so much better. Prince Dustin, Bronson, a beaver, the General, which is a Sheppard dog of the royal guard, and Clara must find Princess Sugar Plum before Egon the Mouse King does something horrible to her. The group of friends find themselves going through the black forest with all these terrifying creatures they barely escape from, and the Ladies of Tanzer Lake which were not friendly and very scary on their journey to the castle where Princess Sugar Plum is being kept by Egon and Clara’s Uncle Herr Drosselmeyer . Who by the way has a dark secret, that you would never have expected. I think my favorite character in the book would be, Clara, who is so fun, brave and adventurous. She wants to help her friends no matter what. My two favorite parts were finding out Clara’s Uncle Herr Drosselmeyer’s secret and when the group was chased through the Black Forest by the scorpion type creatures. I really think it was kinda gross that the Mouse King would have eaten them if he could. I guess that showed the reader how evil the Mouse King was. Even though this is a standalone book, I feel you would know more about the current situation of this story and the characters better if you had read the first book as well. “Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest” by Daniel Lee Nicholson is an epic adventure that once you start reading, you can’t put down. I loved everything about the story, from the magical kingdoms to the brave characters and even the really scary creatures. The part when they were in the water and the creatures were swimming around them in the fog, was super creepy. This is a great adventure story for kids ages nine and up.
Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black is the second installment in the Prince Dustin and Clara series by Daniel Lee Nicholson and is an enjoyable epic fantasy featuring magic and adventure and lots of excitement with worlds to explore. Prince Dustin and Clara are in a race against time to save the kingdoms in the Black Forest. Now they must make the dreaded journey to a land from which few have ever returned, the deep woods filled with mystery, enchantment, monsters, and legends. The two teenagers hardly suspect that the worst danger is Clara's uncle, Herr Drosselmeyer, a powerful wizard with a very dark secret. Can they survive long enough to save the kingdoms from peril? The lead characters are young and they are thrust into an adventure that will try them in many ways. The narrative contains hints of fairytales and allusions to some of the most well-known folk stories. It is interesting to follow the journey of the young prince and Clara and how they grow in courage. The author brilliantly explores themes of magic, adventure, the struggle against evil, and destiny. Prince Dustin and Clara: Secrets of the Black Forest has a well-imagined setting, filled with things that young readers will love to discover. The surprises are manifold and moments that are heart-jolting add to the excitement. I enjoyed the colorful images captured in the writing, which is highly descriptive and crisp. Daniel Lee Nicholson is a good storyteller and this story showcases the author's craft and contains the fun that young readers look for in fantasy. Great plot points, an unsuspecting twist in the story, and a lot of adventure with characters that are strong and memorable.