How could a modern day girl like Charlotte ever envisage that magic really exists? Even with her own vivid imagination, the place for other realms belonged in a child’s fairy tale. Or so she thought, until she stumbled across a hidden curio shop and an even stranger shopkeeper. He gives her a gift that resembles an antique snow dome, but this is not an ordinary globe. The world Charlotte has always known disappears as she’s spirited away into a mystical land.
This is the beginning of a lifelong friendship that changes Charlotte’s life forever. Discovered by a young elf alone in the forest, she embarks on a journey in search of a group of travelling Entertainers. She encounters heart-stopping dangers and real life monsters, but a far greater threat shadows her every move. Even the strength and skill of her new found companions cannot protect her against a ruthless druid assassin. But in this realm, Charlotte is not the vulnerable little girl she thought she was.
About the Author
I am a writer of children's books, (Middle Grade.) My fantasy series first book, Truth Teller, is due to make its debut on the 25th January 2012. There are currently three books in the series, Truth Teller, The Wrath of Siren and Favian's Law. A forth book, Lost Magic, is still under development. I also have a fantasy/sci-fi novel, Unknown Reality, that I have just completed and is in the submission process. I have various other books in the pipeline including a MG novel aged at younger children, The World in Johnny's Back Garden and a fantasy adventure titled, Lost Childhood.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Patricia Reding for Readers' Favorite Children will be drawn to this story of elves, druids, dwarves, trolls, monsters, and magic! Truth Teller, by Kurt Chambers, opens with Charlotte, a curious child, on holiday with her family. Running out of time before she must return to her everyday life, Charlotte sets out to find gifts for her friends back home. Ambling along the stone walkway, she steps into an alley and finds a shop. Charlotte wanders in, browses the shelves, and there she discovers a crystal orb. Encouraged by the shopkeeper, Goffer, to take the orb at no charge — if Charlotte will but care for it and promise always to tell the truth —Charlotte could not know that in doing so, the crystal orb would soon take her on a journey to another realm. Tragedy follows when the orb, needed to return Charlotte home, is lost. Will Charlotte, with the assistance of her new-found elven friends, find it? And, is Charlotte the Truth Teller foretold of in prophecy? Young readers will be anxious to discover the answers to these questions for themselves. Chambers has created a fantasy land full of creative characters, some friendly, some dastardly. As Charlotte travels with the elves, Elderfield and his father, Middleton, to find Goffer and the lost orb, young readers will find magic and mystery, will cringe with fear of monsters, and will cheer for Charlotte. Truth Teller offers smooth prose, well-drawn characters, and a creative story line. While there is some violence (when Dagan fights through the pack of trolls, for example) it is not too graphic, nor does it continue too long for the 3-5 grade reader. Indeed, it is precisely such scenes that add authenticity to the story. As this is the first in a series, readers will be delighted with the reward of more to come.
Great adventure storyline .
Even though children today seem so much worldlier than we were, “back in the day,” they still have imaginations to be fired up, fantasies to live and worlds to explore. Kurt Chambers gives children a tale about a contemporary young girl who daydreams of magical places and through the magic of a special gift from a quirky little shopkeeper, may just have the chance to actually travel to a mystical land, far, far away. Truth Teller is a pure fantasy adventure for a child’s mind. Follow Charlotte as she meets a young elf and must make a long and dangerous journey in search of travelling Entertainers, who may have one among them who knows how to get her home again. The journey won’t be easy, but she has found friends and protectors who will stop at nothing to keep her safe, but will they be a match for a powerful druid assassin? Kurt Chambers knows how to ignite that spark of delight and fascination as he weaves his tale for younger audiences with just enough danger to create heroes, just enough “typical” childlike reactions to a long journey to feel real and characters that almost breathe. Perhaps there is not enough detail for adult readers, but we are not the target audience, younger readers need to be enticed into falling into a story, or even just picking up something to read. I think Kurt Chambers has the perfect recipe for success for middlegrade readers everywhere as he allows children to be children, to dream, to feel, see and smell the magic of his words. Do I think this will enthrall younger readers? Definitely!