Wednesday, May 5, 2010

Book Review of The Canticle Kingdom by Michael Young

I received an Advanced Reader Copy of this new fantasy novel from Michael Young. Michael is a talented individual. This is his first novel, he sings with the Mormon Tabernacle Choir, and plays the handbells. Here's a little bit about this novel.
 The Canticle Kingdom
The Canticle Kingdom
It seemed like ages since Kate's father went off to war, and she is eager to
thank him for the beautiful German music box he sent for her birthday. But
when it starts playing a strange, new melody and Kate vanishes into thin air,
Captain Edison is willing to do anything to rescue his little girl.

When the Canticle Kingdom is attacked and the queen falls deathly ill, Joann,
a young blacksmith's apprentice, learns a terrible secret - the kingdom is contained
entirely within a music box in another world.. With the help pf his friends, Johann
races to bring aid from that other world in an effort to stop the dark power that
threatens to destroy them all.

Enter a beautiful world full of magic, danger, loyalty, and bravery in
The Canticle Kingdom, and discover that even the most ordinary objects
and people might be hiding something truly wonderful inside.
The settings in this book intrigued me and I enjoyed going back in time to World War II in Germany and then back to the United States. I could tell that Michael definitely knows the German language and is familiar with the country and culture. I like how he weaved his knowledge into the story.
If you like fantasy, this novel is suitable for both kids and adults.

You can visit Michael's website here and learn more about him and his writing.


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