THE MAGIC WARBLE BY VICTORIA SIMCOX
Twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her school. The kids all tease her, and she never seems to fit in. But when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift, she suddenly finds herself magically transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals, and the evil Queen Sentiz.
In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Magic Warble” in its final resting place. And she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.
IN MY OPINION
There is a special place in my heart for fantasy novels. I adore the idea of fairies, magic and all the creatures held in their world. The Magic Warble came to me by chance and it was a wonderful fate. This story is unpredictable and gripping. Just when you think that all is lost or there is an insurmountable twist, the story comes around for an amazing ending. Watch out for the surprising twist. You never know who your friends are.
The characters are wonderful. It is easy to love Kristina, the heroine. You just want her to triumph over her challenges. The antagonists are equally easy to despise and at the same time, you feel sorry for them. As the evil queen struggles to maintain her hold on her control you can’t help but have pity for her pathetic position. The bullies give you plenty of reason to root for Kristina but in the end, you see them for the flawed and needy children they are.
I recommend this story for readers from 9-90 who love fantasy and are just truly kids at heart.