Journey from Skioria is a charming middle grade story about an unlikely heroine who ends up bringing people together and uncovering her own bravery at the same time.
Tania is lost, shipwrecked on an unfamiliar shore. With no friends or family, the nine-year-old girl must make her way through the realm of the woodland people to a town she’s never heard of. With unexpected allies from the forest, Tania departs on a wild adventure where storms rage and the forces of nature do their very best to end her journey before it has truly begun.
Tania’s journey is a quick read and very much reminds me of a shorter – and younger audience approved – quest story. It has hints of The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe and its main plotline centers around our longing for both home and new unlikely friends. It is a quick read that is entertaining, but, like a few other reviewers have remarked, it was difficult to connect to the characters. There is description of what Tania does, but it’s hard to feel the same emotions she is feeling.
At the same time, there’s a little suspension of disbelief, because it is a middle grade novel, about the way certain events happen – but this doesn’t take away from the ultimate good feeling we’re left with at the end. This might be a good way to introduce a child to fantasy, but there’s a few others I’d also recommend after you’ve gone through that gate.
Disclaimer: I received this book in exchange for an honest review from the publisher.
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