November 20, 2009

Review of The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox

Synopsis:  Dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and an evil queen all these and more can be found in The Magic Warble, an enchanting tale of adventure and friendship.

Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz.

In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she's honored as ''the chosen one'', the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz's control. But it s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous ''Magic Warble,'' in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen s ''zelbocks'' before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.   (From Amazon)

The Magic Warble is marketed for ages 9-12, or for young adults, but book lovers of any age can appreciate this tale of adventure and dreamy fantasy. 

Author Victoria Simcox creates a wonderful character in Kristina, a girl that other children (and even adults) can easily relate to.  I was happy to have a heroine that wasn't the most popular and acted age appropriate.  Don't worry that having a female lead character will put off any male readers - - my 13 year old son read this book and thoroughly enjoyed it.  As additional praise for Ms. Simcox, my son read this in a day and, not being a voracious reader like his mom, is very particular about what he reads. 

What attracted me most about this book, other than the lovely and vibrant cover, was the description of gnomes, fairies, talking animals and an evil witch.  The Magic Warble reminded me, at times, of both The Chronicles of Narnia and Harry Potter series of books but it most definitely stands strongly on its own. 

I found it an enjoyable read and one that would be absolutely appropriate as a family read due to no objectionable language or situations, and with undeniably good underlying messages about friendships and perseverance.  The fantasy and adventure elements are top notch and the best part of the book, in my opinion.  Reading the descriptions of Bernovem and its varied residents created vivid images in my mind, which were helped by the black and white illustrations throughout.

I was happy to spend a few magical days in Bernovem with Kristina and Raymond, and all the wonderful people, dwarves, gnomes, fairies and talking animals they encountered, particularly Werrien, Rumalock, Clover and Looper. 

I only hope, based on the ending, that Ms. Simcox possibly has a sequel up her sleeve.  

Recommended for adventure and fantasy lovers of all ages who want to celebrate their youth or reclaim it. 

The Magic Warble is available at major booksellers, including Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Author Victora Simcox' website is here

Many thanks to Dorothy Thompson and Pump Up Your Book Promotions for review copy of The Magic Warble.  

Apologies to all for the tardiness in getting this review up and posted.  Please be sure to stop by on November 23 for a guest post by Victoria Simcox where she shares with us 10 things you probably don't know about The Magic Warble!


Victoria Simcox Blog said...

Hi Lori Thank you for the great review, and I'm so pleased to hear that your son enjoyed it. Happy Reading to you. Victoria Simcox

Tales of Whimsy said...

Great review :)