Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Between Two Kingdoms by Joe Boyd Review


"The Dark Prince of the Lower Kingdom is plotting against my Father and me. Freddie is one of my best leaders, but I need more. I need you in the Lower Kingdom right now."

Tommy tugged at his lower lip. "This is really what you want me to do, Prince?"

"Tommy, this is what you were born to do."

There is a land of two kingdoms, but only one true King. A living land, where foundations grow in trees and rivers sing and breathe. A dying land, where the darkness of a false prince threatens to swallow everything in its shadow.

Enter Between Two Kingdoms with Tommy, an eternal seven-year-old child of the Great King, as he and his friends accept the challenge of the Good Prince to live as grown men and women in the Lower Kingdom -- where hope is hidden, vision is clouded, and pride twists truth into a beautiful yet deadly deception


I often enjoy reading young adult novels. Some of the best books that I have read are listed as young adult. This book sounded interesting, so I thought I would give it a shot. The book grabbed my attention pretty quickly through the description of this odd universe where everyone is eternally 7 years old except for the King and Prince. Of course, around this time my adult brain kept interrupting. Would you really want to be 7 your entire life? Would you be happy at 7 years old? Are they not allowed to fall in love...and if they do, they are 7....that could lead to some very wrong things happening. Whoa! At this point I told myself that this is sort of a fairytale...just go with it.  So, that is what I did.

Then, around page 40-45 the book started to feel like not much had happened and I started to loose interest. However, I stayed with it and I am glad that I did. Between Two Kingdoms is essentially a Good vs. Evil fight. You have the good and holy King in the Upper Kingdom and the Evil, Twisted Dark Prince in the Lower Kingdom. This book ended up being pretty good. I particularly liked how Boyd described the river as though she was a person. The river would sing to you if she liked you and you believed. She would also toss you into the air and carry or guide you to where you wanted. I also really liked how a character in the book that was trying to deceive Tommy turned into a monster. Boyd does an excellent job of describing scenes and creating an atmosphere in your mind. I am actually hoping that there will be another book because of the way it ends.

I would recommend this book for early teens, but it would also be enjoyed by some adults.

Disclaimer: I received the above product(s) in exchange for this review. I was compensated in no other way. The thoughts here are my own honest opinions. 


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