Friday, March 10, 2017

Book Review: Jorie and the Magic Stones by A.H. Richardson


Title: Jorie and the Magic Stones
Series: Jorie, Book 1
Author: A.H. Richardson
Publisher:  Serano Press
Release Date:  March 11, 2015
Genre: Middle Grade Fantasy Fiction
Age: 8-12


Jorie and the Magic Stones is the first book in a new chapter book series, by A. H. Richardson, that follows one heroic nine-year-old girl on an unforgettable adventure. Children everywhere are loving this adventurous tale of Jorie and Rufus, two orphans from very different walks of life, who meet by chance and discover a mystic book about dragons, that soon leads them on a quest through a magical world unlike anything either of them have ever experienced…

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. 



I always like to pick up a middle grade novel that will bring me back to the days of Anne of the Green Gables, Secret Garden or The Neverending Story.  Jorie and the Magic Stones by A.H. Richardson does remind me a bit about the latter, with it's fantasy elements of dragons, magic and adventure. In terms of plot, I felt it brings out the imaginative world of kids, and would be a great way to bring them on an adventure or show them books are not boring at all. Though, I must say for the main charaxter, Jorie, a nine-year-old, it's a little far-fetched when supervision seems non-existent. We do get a glimpse of the aloof caretakers, so it might make sense. And to add to it,  the challenges seems too simple and a solution easily found, which I'm not sure couldn't be twisted up a bit.  If Lucy and the other Penvesies can travel to Narnia, I guess Jorie can have this adventure too, especially with a nice sidekick like Rufus! In all, a fun story that weaves in messages of loyalty, courage, duty and responsibilities.


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A. H. Richardson was born in London England and is the daughter of famous pianist and composer Clive Richardson. She studied drama and acting at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art. She was an actress, a musician, a painter and sculptor, and now an Author. 

She published her debut novel Jorie and the Magic Stones in December 2014. At the request of those who loved the first ‘Jorie’ story, Richardson has written a sequel titled Jorie and the Gold Key, and she is currently working on the third book in the series. 

She is also the author of Murder in Little Shendon, a thriller murder mystery which takes place in a quaint little village in England after World War Two, and introduces two sleuths, Sir Victor Hazlitt and his sidekick,  Beresford Brandon, a noted Shakespearian actor. She has more ‘who-dun-its’ planned for this clever and interesting duo… watch for them!

A. H. Richardson lives happily in East Tennessee, her adopted state, and has three sons, three grandchildren, and two pugs. She speaks four languages and loves to do voiceovers. She plans on writing many more books and hopes to delight her readers further with her British twist, which all her books have.

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