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Tuesday, 17 January 2017

Wondrous // Book Review

A couple of months ago I was lucky enough to be contacted by an author, asking me to read his new book. I'm usually quite fussy when it comes to reading books, I worry that I will dislike them, but I am glad to say that I really enjoyed this book!

Here is my review for Wondrous by Travis M. Riddle:

Title: Wondrous by Travis M. Riddle
Format: Kindle edition
Pages: 374
Genres: Fantasy, Magic

'Miles went to sleep tucked tightly in bed in his Austin apartment and woke up in the middle of a damp, dark forest in the kingdom of Rompu, a land being torn apart by a civil war between its king and queen.

Miles has few companions in this vast kingdom, which is filled with fantastical animals and flora yet sprinkled with familiar items like digital clocks and vinyl records. As he searches for a way to return home, he discovers that certain memories trigger magical abilities: he can shoot fireballs from his palms, heal with nothing but a touch, and more. But as he struggles to make sense of this new world, his thoughts are punctuated by painful memories of his sick grandmother, quarrelling parents, and an icy school therapist.

When Miles learns that a monstrous entity flying through the countryside and killing for sport was summoned from a portal to another realm, he believes this creature is the key to learning how to open another rift and return home. Tracking down this beast and mastering his newfound magical abilities may be the only way for Miles to help save Rompu and get back to his family in Texas.'
I was sent this book a couple of months ago by Travis, the author. I was really excited to start this book, mainly because it hadn't even been released yet! I've never read a book before it's been released before! And, today is this book's release day, so all of you can enjoy this book too. Look out for a link to the amazon page at the end of the review.

This book is a fantasy novel about a young boy called Miles going through a number of different problems, too many for his little head to handle. When things are on the verge of 'too much', Miles somehow ends up in a magical kingdom full of different creatures, foods and drama.

I was sent this book in exchange for an honest review, all opinions are my own.
One night in Austin, Texas, a nine year old boy called Miles settled down in his apartment, ready for bed. Little did he know, that when he woke up he'd be in a completely different world. A world that is full of magical kingdoms. The kingdom that Miles ends up in is in the middle of a civil war, torn into two.

Miles is suffering with many different troubles at home, he is grieving for the loss of his grandmother, his parents are having a divorce and he struggles with the constant worry of catching germs and touching dirt (this is something that Travis writes about with care, as someone that has gone through problems like this I felt like this was written well and wouldn't trigger any problems for other readers).

Miles is thrown straight into the middle of the Rompu, a magical kingdom that is in experiencing a massive feud between the king and queen, after the king summoned up a deadly beast from another world using magic from an old book.

Slowly but surely, Miles discovers that in this new world, he has the ability to use magical powers. Powers that can not only protect him and his friends, but can injure and even kill those who threaten to hurt those that he cares about.

Miles makes a number of new friends. To begin with, everyone was scared of him, they had never seen a human boy before. But after discovering that he is in fact just like everyone else (just without the green skin and wings), they all took care of him and were in awe of his powers.

Even though Miles becomes accustomed to this new world, he is still desperate to go back to his home in Texas. When an opportunity arises for Miles to return home, he does everything that he can to see that through.

A lot more happens in this book though, it is full of action, drama, magic and chaos. There really wasn't a dull moment.

Miles is a nine year old boy that just wants his old life back. His grandmother recently passed away, his parents have split up and he's always scared that he will catch germs or touch dirt. There isn't a moment when Miles is able to live like a happy, carefree child. That is, until he is transported into Rompu, where he discovers his magical powers and adapts to living without the constant worry of getting ill by walking without shoes, or sitting on grass.

Mortimer has to be one of my favourite characters, he is so caring and loves to have a laugh. He's gone through so much yet he always finds a way to cheer Miles up. Mortimer was the person that helped Miles when he was transported into Rompu. Mortimer isn't any old ordinary person though, he pretty much looks like a huge frog. He is a green giant.

There are all sorts of different creatures in these books, such as the Omne, Skyr, Ruhigans and Rompuns. Each have their own traits and personalities, they all have their own unique qualities, like some have wings and others look like scorpions. Travis, the author, managed to describe all of these creatures perfectly, I usually find fantasy novels quite complex but this book had great descriptions on all of the characters.

Overall, I really enjoyed this book. I loved how the story flitted between Miles' home life in Texas and his new life in Rompu, it made me wonder whether he was dreaming about his time in this magical kingdom or if he was actually there. I found that the characters in Rompu reflected those in Miles' real life, which was really interesting, because that brought back memories of the good times for Miles. I also loved watching Miles grow into a strong, confident child that was finally able to speak for himself.

However, the ending was left in such a way that I am desperate to know what will happen next! I really, really hope that there will be a sequel, I can't be left hanging like this!

I have given this book a four out of five stars.


As I mentioned earlier, today - 17/01/2017 - is this book's release day! If you would like to buy this book (which I highly recommend, please just go and read it!) then here is the link to the Amazon page: Click here to buy Wondrous.

Thank you so much to Travis for sending me this book, I really enjoyed it and I am looking forward to reading more of your books in the future.

Have you read this book?

If so, what did you think of it?

What is your favourite fictional magical world?

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