Jorie and the Magic Stones by A. H. Richardson

four stars

jorieThe first book in a new fantasy children’s book series, Jorie and the Magic Stones, is a fantastical quest that follows one heroic nine-year-old girl on an unforgettable adventure. The story begins when we meet redheaded Marjorie, or Jorie as she likes to be called. She has just moved in with her aunt, and befriended the shy neighbor boy named Rufus. The two quickly forge a friendship, and discover a dust-covered old book about dragons, that soon leads them on a quest through a magical world unlike anything either of them have ever experienced. Suddenly immersed in the mystical world of Cabrynthius, they meet a good dragon by the name of  the Great Grootmonya. It’s not long before the two children are urged to find the three Stones of Maalog, which are known to hold great power. It’s their job to find the stones and return them to their rightful place in Cabrynthius. Along their expedition they face many triumphs and tribulations, including run-ins with everything from an evil black half-dragon, to a wicked professor, to caves of fire, and a deadly poisonous butterfly.

An easy to read chapter book that can be enjoyed by children of all ages, Jorie and the Magic Stones succeeds at creating an extraordinary world full of memorable characters and dangerous villains. In Jorie and Rufus, the narrative follows the blossoming of a friendship, while exploring the strengths of each of these two main protagonists. Weaving in morales about important ideals like loyalty, bravery, and what it means to be a good friend, the story shows younger readers how important it is to do the right thing, no matter the costs. With rich descriptions, realistic dialogue, and settings you feel as if you are truly immersed within, this is the start to a promising new fantasy series for kids.

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