This delightful youth adventure fantasy comes with lots of action and a touch of humor where it’s least expected. For adults there will be places that famous quotes will be recognized such as Descartes, I think, therefore, I am but the target audience of young people will probably have no clue. This story has the barest hint of romance but it’s so small that unless you’re looking for it, you might miss it. Instead, friendships and building relationships between people who are different or who you might not normally socialize with is more the theme.
Ragonnard knows he is a powerful sorcerer and through intensive studying knows that there is a portrait that has a magical amulet that will even increase it. He’s spent much of his life searching for it and learning how to remove it from the picture. He doesn’t want help and doesn’t want company. So, when Ganfrey breaks into his house to rob it, Ragonnard is most perturbed. However, he uses her visit to blackmail her into stealing the portrait he’s been searching for. Nothing goes straight forward as the head of security begins guarding it, the king’s advisor warns him about a magical stranger who will cause problems and a time traveler keeps popping in and out!
This is a great children/tween story that should delight these younger readers and entertain those parents who read along. Though there are some awesome lessons to be learned intertwined in this story, they are hidden well and the story is just plain action packed and interesting.
The new novel from K.D. Berry - WINNER - Sir Julius Vogel Award 'Best New Talent' 2012
Just when he'd been looking forward to another quiet night delving into mind-bending arcane lore and mentally wrestling with the deepest magicks, along came this mysterious thief to disturb him. Why was it nothing in Ragonnard's life ever went to plan?
Rather than turn her in to the law (or into something else), the young sorcerer offers Ganfrey a deal – steal a portrait from the palace for him.
But it's no ordinary portrait. For 500 years it's been a magical prison for Syranax, the most powerful sorcerer in history. His enchanted Amulet was entombed with him, and Ragonnard wants it. More than anything.
In releasing the Amulet, Ragonnard unleashes a devastating sequence of sorcerous events, the like of which has not been seen for hundreds of years. And, no, things definitely don't go to plan.
Ned Merrivel is a time traveller from the future. His job is to sort it out when it all goes wrong and save the world somehow. If only he can find a pair of trousers first.