BOOK REVIEW: The Key of Kilenya by Andrea Pearson
The Key of Kilenya is about a fourteen-year-old boy named Jacob who is driven by wolves into a new world where, he finds, they have been watching him since birth. He uses abilities he never knew he had to help the peaceful Makalos recover a key, the key that is keeping the evil Lorkins out of his world. He finds out at the end, however, that the Lorkins will be coming to steal the key once again and that his world is only safe for one more week.
Just when you think you've "read this before" (if you've read a ton of fantasy such as myself), Pearson surprises you with new, interesting characters such as the silly Minyas, frazzle-brained Dusts, giant man-eating Eetu fish, and Lirone the storm tyrant. It's a fun adventure story you don't want to end. Pearson also does an excellent job portraying Jacob as a real, teenage boy. He blushes, grows angry, and hopes the "girl won't cry" at the right moments. I really grow to like him along with his companions.
It's a fun, short read--292 pages with book club questions at the back--and is appropriate for young and old. And the best part? You know there's more to come! I can't wait to get my hands on part 2, "The Ember Gods". Rated a mild PG-13 just for scary moments and mildly mature themes. 4.3 stars. Good job, Andrea!