A kingdom under a spell.
A wizard in training.
A gargoyle with a sweet tooth.
In a land under the spell of an evil sorcerer, everyone needs hope - but when hope is being eaten alive there's not enough for anyone.
Kelsey, a strong-willed and high spirited young girl, embarks upon a quest to save hope, which is being stolen from the king's orchard. The kingdom is under the spell of an evil sorcerer who distorts reality in order to gain control, so the king begins training someone who he believes can ultimately defeat the sorcerer: a young boy named Nicholas.
The sequel to The Orphanage of Miracles is filled with engaging characters, magic, adventure, and unusual circumstance. It s a story that will both entertain and inspire the reader.
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Return to Amy Neftzger’s magical world for younger readers with The Orchard of Hope, book two in her amazing series where children are the heroes, who are learning about life as they are sent on special missions. This time the quest is to save HOPE from being eaten alive after being carefully cultivated in the Orchard of Hope. Kelsey, with the heart of a warrior is sent out to stop the wolf packs from eating hope, but her nature is to be impatient and there are lessons to be learned from the others on her journey. Meanwhile, Nicholas is learning more magic, in his effort to help Kelsey. In a fast paced adventure, these characters learn how to appreciate others and their abilities and differences, learn to look within to find more of their own abilities and to work together as a team for the best results. Once again, Amy Neftzger has written a delightful children’s tale where the heroes may not be perfect, but the lessons they learn are ones that can be used in everyday life. From the magic of gargoyles to the power of sorcery and faith in others, each lesson is subtle yet meaningful as each colorful character adds to the charm and fantasy that fuels the reader’s mind! Ms. Neftzger has made her world like a trip on magic carpet into exciting adventure and unusual beings, as well as young heroes who are lifelike and realistic, yet learn to be open to change and acceptance. Wonderful reading!
I received an ARC from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book is the sequel to The Orphanage of Miracles. These books should be read in order. This book absolutely captivated my imagination and I loved it as much as I did the first book in the series. It is fantastically imaginative and equally appealing for both boys and girls in the targeted age group of 8 to 13. There is a lot of action as well as clear and important lessons to be learned. It was so good to see most of the characters from the first book again as well as some interesting new ones. The roles of Kelsey and Nicholas are still very central to the storyline as they are being trained for service to the kingdom. The supporting characters are equally important and add interesting dimension to the “mission.” Although there are two storylines in this book, they are more closely tied together throughout this book than they were in the first. They interconnect frequently throughout and feel more integrated. It was very easy to follow how they related. This is a great series for kids and allows them to use their imagination. Once again, Cory Basil nailed it with the cover art and illustrations. I hope these two continue to team up in the future. Ms. Neftzger’s talent is glaringly obvious and I hope there will be more books featuring Kelsey and Nicholas in the future.