This posts is part of the Juniper Grove Book Solutions tour for Angus MacBain. I received a copy of this book free for an honest review.
Title: Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings
Author: Angela J. Townsend
Word Count: approx. 58,000
Genre: YA Fantasy (middle-grade readers, is my recommendation)
Morality Rating: G
Readability Rating: 4 stars
Angus MacBain is unaware that his ancestral roots hail from an ancient sect of Scottish kings. When his dying grandfather gives him a dragon pendant, thirteen-year-old Angus learns of a legacy that will take him across an ocean to the island of Iona and thrust him into a heritage he did not know he had. He soon discovers that his mother, whom he had believed dead, is really a seal fairy, in hiding from a dangerous enemy. To save her, Angus must undergo a perilous journey of destiny and power to battle an evil Dacian knight and those who serve him. With only his family shield and the advice of a wizened vampire hunter to protect him, Angus must navigate dangerous terrain and dark enemies, in a land where the past and the present mingle, and sleeping kings wake.
About the Author
Angela Townsend was born in the beautiful Rocky Mountains of Missoula, Montana. As a child, Angela grew up listening to stories told by her grandparents, ancient tales and legends of faraway places. Influenced by her Irish and Scottish heritage, Angela became an avid research historian, specializing in Celtic mythology. Her gift for storytelling finally led her to a full time career in historical research and writing. A writer in local community circulations, Angela is also a published genealogical and historical resource writer who has taught numerous research seminars. Currently, Angela divides her time between writing, playing Celtic music on her fiddle, and Irish dancing.
Angela’s first novel, Amarok, was published through Spencer Hill Press in 2012. Her newest novel, Angus MacBain and The Island of Sleeping Kings, was signed for publication with Clean Teen Publishing in 2013.
Angela resides on a ranch, in rural Northwestern Montana, with her two children Levi and Grant.
Enter the Giveaway!
There is a tour wide giveaway. Prizes include the following:
If winner is in US:
- GRAND PRIZE: Digital copy of the Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings, swag pack, and $25 Amazon Gift Card.
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- GRAND PRIZE: Digital copy of the Angus MacBain and the Island of Sleeping Kings, bookmark, $25 Amazon Gift Card.
I thought this story was well-developed, full of adventure, and an overall fun read. I think most children in the middle-school age demographic would love this story. My only issue with the book is that the evil characters seemed typical.
Plot: The plot of this story is well-developed. I liked the idea of an ancient amulet sparking a grand adventure. I enjoyed following along as the children were carried off into magical places. I would have loved this kind of plot as a child.
Characters: I thought the characters were relatable. I appreciated the fact that they were “ordinary” children who were thrust into unreal circumstances. My only trouble with the characters was with the adults. I thought the bad characters were a little too over-the-top, but I think kids generally like that in a story, so they probably wouldn’t complain.
Setting: This book is set in the Scottish isle of Iona. I am not familiar with the region, other than from photographs, but I thought Angela Townsend did a good job describing the feel of the island and a mythical universe.
Writing: I was impressed with the writing in this book. It is more classic children’s story than some of the books I have read recently, but I like classic. Her writing was descriptive, easy-to-understand, yet simple enough for children. I thought the writing in the book was excellent.
I think any middle-grade child would love to read this book. And any adult who is looking for a classic, magical adventure would like it, too.