"It's about you.... It matters who you believe you are.... Your potential is infinite." - Shiver, the last gryphon of Tór
The most powerful force in creation has been stolen from the Tree of Life. Nurgal, Lord of Decay, is convinced the golden seed he possesses will help him end man's time on earth. The last thing he expects is for a little red hen to try and stop him.
When the magic acorn strikes Rós in the head and changes how she sees the entire world, she believes the sky is falling. Determined to discover the identity of the seed, she strikes out into the big, wide world to find her answers. Many factions are in play, and lives are at stake when she learns that an even greater evil is at hand.
Life as she knows it is at its end.
Can one little red hen save the world?
In this twist on the classic tale of Chicken Little, no one is too small to make a difference.
This was a fun little story, Children's fantasy, of the Fairytale variety.
Rós is a simple little red hen who has an adventure - quite literally - fall on her head. When "A Piece of Sky" falls out of nowhere, Rós knows something has gone amiss, so she picks it up and sets out to put things right. "Sky" a golden acorn from the Father Tree, just wants to grow, but he's not sure when or where to do it. So, with the company of her chicken friend Grania (sp?), Rós takes Sky and goes to find help.
There's some kind of strange mythos/analogy in this book, I'm not entirely sure what legends or history was being drawn on. The Father Tree is definitely a god type figure, with some correlations between it and the Tree of Life and the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil found in the book of Genesis. There is also some rather Norse mythology tied in, with Nurgal, the Lord of Decay, who is certainly a devil-like figure with some similarities to Loki.
The story is cute, and I did enjoy it, and would certainly recommend it to youngsters. The writing is good, if slightly repetitive in places. Considering the high profile adventure setting of the story, I just can't take a chicken heroine seriously enough to consider this epic fantasy, but I don't think the budding fantasy read would mind that.
The quality of the recording is good. Crystal clear.
JoBe Cerny is a good narrator, and he has quite a variety of vocal styles he uses with this book. I personally find his voice a little annoying at times, but that's mainly his delivery style, he reads this like a children's book, in that slightly condescending tone that adults use to young people. But really, his performance was excellent.
On the whole, I liked everything about this. I'm giving a higher star rating because I consider it to be a very good children's story.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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Strongly written. Performance was masterful. Beautiful language and presentation. In complete love with this book.
Who was your favorite character and why?
The little Red Hen
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This was such a joy. The story was wonderful. The narration superb. Mr. Cerny was a delight to the ears as he took me on an adventure outside the farm yard and all the little red hen knew.
This was a fabulous collaboration between author and narrator.
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Overall a fun story. The characters were creative and quirky. The voice of the audible book was diverse and we'll chosen.