REVIEW: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse by Richie Earl

Title: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse
Series: none
Author: Richie Earl
Published Date: Dec 22, 2011
Publisher: Richard Phillips
Format: ebook
Pages: 437
ASIN: B006P9M5KI
Copy provided by: author through Goodreads’ Young Adult Book Club
Genre: fiction, fantasy, YA
Add to: Goodreads 
Purchase: Amazon
Rating: 3 1/2 stars

Synopsis: The Legend of Finndragon’s Curse is an original and I believe unique fantasy adventure, which will appeal primarily to YA, but also older readers too. It is the story of three ordinary children and their quest to find their father who has been missing for nearly a year.

The story is based on an ancient Welsh legend which has been kept alive by bedtime stories for countless generations. The two sisters and their brother unravel the riddle of an ancient scroll. This helps them find the gateway that leads to a 6th century Welsh kingdom in search of their dad. The scroll states that anyone who stays in the kingdom for more than a year can never leave. The journey through the gateway is a mini-adventure in itself and ends with them entering the magnificent medieval Castell y Mynydd. And that’s where the adventure truly begins.

Review: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for a fair and honest review. This book is a great young adult fantasy book. While relying on three teenage and prepubescent children to save their father, the author doesn’t give the children any extra-ordinary skills or paranormal abilities. I always dislike when the authors give the main characters such incredible skill-sets that makes the story absolutely unrealistic. The author stayed within the boundaries of normal children’s abilities, while allowing them to overcome a difficult adversary in a realistic setting.
There were a few things I didn’t like: some of the Welsh place names tripped me up, perhaps a glossary of how to pronounce these would be nice. Some of the British terminology tripped me up as well (it took me awhile to realise that an “underwater torch” wasn’t an actual flaming torch, but a flashlight), but once you got past all of that, it was a great, enjoyable read. Most likely British readers will look at my review and think, “Silly American!”
The ending totally blew me away. Looking back, yes, it was foreseeable, but, on the last page, I turned it and thought, “What? This is it? No….I want the next book!” Great cliff-hanger.

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