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A very good book and I was very excited while I was reading it. It has many interesting characters.
Talendia is about a boy called Samuel Lucas who goes missing following a period of strange events. Thirty years later, a girl called Frida Doyle, living in London, is chased into a dangerous fantasy dimension called Talendia and comes to believe that Samuel somehow made it to Talendia. Before long, Frida is determined to find him.
I really liked Talendia because the book had a fantasy genre and ended on a cliffhanger but I think that they could have used different names to create less confusion. The storyline was very good but a bit muddled at times. My favorite part was when Frida is chased into Talendia because it is quite tense. I think Frida is a heroine and Samuel is a hero to Talendia because they didn’t know much about Talendia but they still survived.
All in all, I think it was a great read and I would give it 4 stars. I think the age range would be about 8 - 12 and the illustrations were very good.
As a teacher of 9 and 10 year olds, I am so happy to find a story that contains all the magical ingredients of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings and a bit of Alice in Wonderland all mixed together and that is actually written for your average 8 to 11 year old. The book itself is not too big (size can be very daunting to young readers), the line spacing is double (this makes reading much easier for children just gaining reading independence) and the vocabulary is not too difficult. I think many children feel they ‘ought’ to be able to read the classics mentioned and many pretend that they can, hence not getting the warm enjoyment from a story that they should. This story is the first of a series that takes us into a magical world, via a mysterious book called ‘Tales from Talendia’, (reminiscent of the plot of the film Neverending Story). Here we meet the usual inhabitants (and some newly invented) of such a world – on the baddies side: the evil goblins, toads, witches, ‘stone snakes’, a griffin etc. – and on the goodies side: the White Witch, a king, a queen, tree frogs, a ‘tomling’ and the two main characters, Frida and Samuel (the Lost Boy). The story ends on a cliff hanger which certainly makes you want to read the next book to find out what happens– a clever ploy to make children want to read on!
by Sally M.
A. E. Colmer was born and grew up in Hungary where she later studied law and political science at the University of Debrecen by which time she had completed a collection of poems, a novel, two dramas and various articles for magazines.
After qualifying as a lawyer, she lived in Budapest for a few years. She moved to London in 2010 and has been living here ever since, now with her husband, Thomas, and their cats.