Friday, September 9, 2011

Book Review: The Key of Kilenya

I just finished reading The Key of Kilenya by Andrea Pearson. Here's the blurb from the back of the book:

When two vicious wolves chase fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark down a path from our world into another, his life is forever changed. He has no idea they have been sent by the Lorkon--evil, immortal beings who are jealous of powers he doesn't know he possesses--powers they desire to control.

The inhabitants of the new world desperately need Jacob's help in recovering a magical key that was stolen by the Lorkon and is somehow linked to him. If he helps them, his life will be at risk. But if he chooses not to help them, both our world and theirs will be in danger. The Lorkon will stop at nothing to unleash the power of the key--and Jacob's special abilities.

I found this an interesting book. Andrea's imagination is evident in her tale, with some fun characters and landscapes for the reader to enjoy. The writing is not the best I've seen, but for the most part, the pacing of the story was enough to keep my interest. There were quite a few unexplained matters, such as how Jacob got his powers and abilities, and why his family didn't think it was strange to be visited by beings from another world. I assume that since this is the first book in a series, some of these matters will be explained in later books, but the recurring lack of explanation did annoy me a little.

The book was clean, which if you follow this blog, you know I like. It is appropriate for middle grade and older readers, and I will be sharing my copy with my school-aged children, who are avid readers and I expect will like the book.

Andrea graduated with a bachelor of science degree in Communications Disorders from Brigham Young University. She currently teaches orchestra to elementary school students.

Andrea is an avid reader and outdoor enthusiast who loves traveling. She is recently married and very much in love.

Here is a link to Andrea's Blog

You can purchase the Key of Kilenya here.