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Imagine a world that includes a family that holds a secret and the ones losing the battle of life to evil. Assuming there is a chosen one that didn’t know his purpose, what will be the hope of the world?
Wizard Island: Child of the Orb by Terry Morris is an exciting and captivating book. It follows the life, growth, and conquest of the one chosen to save the people on the verge of extinction. Will this mission be possible? I guess the end will tell. This book contains two sections with several chapters. The first part introduces Wilton’s appointment in England on Sunday, 8 July 1934. Wilton was an enchanter from Azveron in another galaxy and the protector of the chosen one. He had a pooka that looks like a leprechaun named Titch living in his hat. Also, it introduced the Woolf’s household, which includes Dexter, Charlotte, Casper, and their parents.
The second part dwells on the several missions they embarked on to save their world, like retrieving the lost Orb. Their world, Azveron, was disrupted by an evil force from Jebanon, a third world created. However, a selfless wizard named Valdarin led against the force that enabled Azveron’s survivors to escape to earth. An ambitious sorceress, Astrid, is now on the loose, and she is bent on acquiring power for herself. She is destroying Druids and Magiciaans in the process. The world needs the chosen one.
I love the author's choice of words and descriptions, most of which made me laugh out loud a couple of times. For instance, he used funny metaphors like "The first bell sounded, and the playground emptied faster than a Labrador's food bowl." I had grown to love the three siblings so much that I didn't want anyone dead. However, only the child of the Orb could touch it and not get killed. Who will be the child of the prophecy? To avoid spoilers, you will find out like I did when you read the book.
My favorite character is Aunt May. She was warm and welcoming. She made the best hot chocolates and muffins, she was one of the two enchanters, and she was proud of it. Aunt May was a crucial part of the story as she was of help to Wilton and the Woolf's children (her niece and nephews) regarding what happened in Kellys Wood. Furthermore, I enjoyed the storyline. It reminds me of some of my favorite series, "Legend of the Seeker and Merlin." Also, I admire how the book shows that love and compassion have the power to stop the bullies. I enjoyed Bret's accent, and it was funny how Casper's fart caused so much havoc and became a topic of discussion.
The use of clues and riddles in finding the Orb makes the storyline unpredictable. I couldn’t tell how these naive siblings would retrieve the Orb. It was nice seeing Dexter care about something he once denied its existence. When the battle was all over, I love how Valdarin gave out instructions of the next mission, as his ghost was disappearing. I can’t wait for the next adventure.
There is nothing I disliked about the book. I found it extremely entertaining and hilarious most of the time. The book was relaxing and light-hearted, even in the face of battle. Therefore, I rate Wizard Island: Child of the Orb 4 out of 4 stars. It is well-written as I did not notice any grammatical or punctuation errors. I recommend this book to adults and teenagers that enjoy adventurous novels with elements of magic. Some parts of this book can be a bedtime story for children, but not the Astrid baboons' look like Zhanaka. I am sure they will enjoy hearing about the magical world.
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