The Magic Warble by Victoria Simcox is the tale of bullied twelve-year-old Kristina Kingsly who is given an amazing Christmas gift that will change her life. She finds herself transported to the magical land of Bernovem and learns that the kingdom has been under the rule of the evil, false Queen Sentiz and her army of “zelbocks” for some time. Kristina is Bernovem’s only hope, will she have what it takes to do what is needed.
This was a great fantasy read geared towards grade school readers but that older age groups will enjoy as well. The fast paced action and adventure made it hard to put the book down; I just wanted to know what happened next! The story was jam packed full of magical creatures such as dwarves, gnomes, fairies and talking animals that made for interesting twists and turns throughout the whole book.
The lessons woven throughout the story, however, were the best part. Kristina and her friends learn about the importance of trust, friendship, sharing, kindness and redemption on their journey. Other characters’ stories also teach the consequences of bullying, greed and self importance.
I would absolutely recommend this book for young readers and anyone who enjoys a good, clean fantasy read. I’m looking forward to reading the sequel The Black Shard!
* I won my copy in a giveaway and was not required to give a review.