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Book Review: Jorie and the Magic Stones

Jorie and the Magic Stones Book Cover Jorie and the Magic Stones
A.H. Richardson
Children's Fantasy
Serano Press
December 26, 2014

When Marjorie went to live with her frosty maiden aunt, she couldn't imagine the adventures she would have with dragons - good and bad - and all the strange creatures that live in a mysterious land beneath the Tarn. The spunky 9-year-old redhead forges an unlikely friendship with an insecure young boy named Rufus who lives with his crusty grandfather next door. When Jorie - for that is what she prefers to be called - finds a dusty ancient book about dragons, she learns four strange words that will send the two of them into a mysterious land beneath the Tarn, riddled with enchantment and danger. Hungry for adventure, the children take the plunge, quite literally, and find themselves in the magic land of Cabrynthius. Upon meeting the good dragon, the Great Grootmonya, Jorie and Rufus are given a quest to find the three Stones of Maalog - stones of enormous power - and return them to their rightful place in Cabrynthius. Their mission is neither easy nor safe, and is peppered with perils in the form of the evil black half-dragon who rules the shadowy side of the land. They have to deal with a wicked and greedy professor, the tragic daughter of the bad dragon, caves of fire, rocky mountainous climbs, and a deadly poisonous butterfly. Jorie must rely on her wits and courage to win the day? Can she do this? Can she find all three Stones? Can she save Rufus when disaster befalls him? Can she emerge victorious? She and Rufus have some hair-raising challenges, in which they learn valuable lessons about loyalty, bravery, and friendship. 

Book Rating for Jorie and the Magic Stones: Four Open Books


I must tell you that a book review of Jorie and the Magic Stone is long overdue. I started reading this back in June of this year and it’s only this month that I get to finish it. Finally!

Anyhow, I’m grateful to be able to read this book. I want to thank Book Publicity Services for sending me a free copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.

Although I’m not a huge fan of children’s books, I read them once in a while. The Little Prince is  one of my favorites. So when a publicists emailed me if I was interested to review Jorie and the Magic Stones I said sure! I don’t have kids (yet), but I have nephews and nieces who want to teach them to develop a love for reading. So thought this book would be a start.

Anyway, enough of dilly dally and let’s get on to my review.

Jorie and the Magic Stones is a story of a young girl who was taken out of boarding school to live with her aunt in the country side. Little did she know that at 9 years old she is destined to change the world. Or rather, the magical world underneath the grounds of her Aunt Letty’s estate. As the Chosen one, which she discovered in the later part of the book, she is destined to fight evil dragons, tread rough mountain trails, climb caves, fight a poisonous butterfly, and secure the power of good in a magical kingdom filled with dragons, giant talking koi fish and many other interesting creatures.

It’s a tale of courage, friendship, loyalty and unselfishness. In other words, it’s a story written not only to fuel a child’s imagination but also to instill old-fashioned values to children.

It’s nothing like the Harry Potter book series, but it’s still a book that I would want my nieces and nephews to read. Why I say that? Well, for three reasons.

Number one, it’s easy to read. There are names that may be unfamiliar or hard to pronounce, like ‘Cabrynthius’ or “Grootmonya’, but these are words that add a fantasy touch to the book. And when you read the book with the child, it’s a non-issue. Unless, of course, when your child starts to ask why ‘Cabrynthius’ or what’s ‘Maalog’, then that can be tricky. Overall, the sentence structures are simple and easy to understand. Any eight-year-old in my opinion can understand it.

Number two, the content is clean. It doesn’t contain any foul language or inappropriate terms. If you’re a parent, you can definitely feel at ease when your child reads this book. To be on the safe side, though, it’s best to read it with your child.

Number three, grownups can read it. When I first started reading the book, I thought that my 30-plus-year-old-self will find it extremely boring. To my surprise, it wasn’t. I found myself enjoying the book even though I find too juvenile for my liking. It’s definitely a children’s book.

While Jorie and the Magic Stones won’t keep you at the edge of your seat, it’s light and enjoyable to read. There are no cliffhangers and inappropriate languages (duh!). There are some loopholes to the story, but I think children will be in for an adventure with this book.

Mom and dads, you can feel confident reading this book to your children. It’s clean, wholesome and filled moral lessons you can share with your kids.

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About the Author:

A. H. Richardson is a treasured storyteller  whose depth of imagination conjures up challenging characters – both good and evil – to dare children to find their own imaginations, courage, and strength. She writes from her colonial estate in eastern Tennessee in the magical Smoky mountains.