Kidnapped is Robert Louis Stevenson's best. I loved it when I first read it, and I loved it now. A good listen if you like stories of the sea.
I agree with all previous reviews of this book, and I have recommended the book to everyone I talk to because it's so good. But I do want to add a caveat. Book one and book two go together. Book one introduces the story. Book two continues it. With that being said, treat yourself to these books! You won't be sorry!
I'm not sure I would say this book was "mystical or magical," but I did find it enjoyable. What I loved most about the book were the descriptive scenes that seemed to come to life and the wonderful characters. You'd have to have neither heart nor soul not to have been touched by sad princess Adrina and Vilmos the boy with the dark gift.
Beautifully written; beautifully read. I found it entertaining, and I was glad to have the second one to hand when it ended.
I got this for my son and daughter (8 and 11). Before they got home from school I meant to just listen to the first chapter (so I could talk about the story with them before they started) but I got so caught up in the story I listened to the whole thing myself.
Ray and Kerry are wonderful additions to my list of favorite literary characters. The story is a fun list, full of wit and depth, especially when Ray starts to question his reality and grow from his experiences. Stanek has created an incredibly fantastic world. It seems so real.
I bit of caution as this is very different from Stanek's other works. Stanek's The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches novels are sweeping fantasies with extended casts of characters and wholly imagined world. In those books you get much more immersion and extended storylines.
Magic Lands, on the other hand, is mostly the story of Ray, a boy who sets off from his village to prove himself a man. Ray's journey is a rite of passage for his people. Ray is the character you come to know and love.
Very highly recommended.
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