Monday, November 21, 2016
The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles
I've good a good one today for Middle-Grade Monday! It is The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles.
Ailani is training to find his spirit animal. During this time, his father the King takes Ailani and Nahoa to visit a neighboring Island where they meet Princess Momi, but there are secrets on the island, secrets breaking sacred vows.
Now a war between good and evil is rising and Ailani is caught in the middle of it. He must fight off cursed sea creatures and possessed people to fight against the magic of the tiki and save his island and the princess.
I really loved this book and I'm going to tell you right off that I'm giving it 5 stars! It was such a refreshing story full of new folklore and characters, for me at least. Readers will be captured by Ailani, a true hero with a heart of gold. He struggles to grow into his princehood and to stand up to a brother who is a tyrant. He is full of courage and fights for what he knows is true and just.
The other aspect I love is the setting. The islands are a wealth of treasure and literary fun. The people's life and traits are so different than ours that I soaked everything in, enjoying the diversity and culture. There was so much to see, it was a pleasure for the senses. The author also includes footnotes with definitions of island words.
I highly recommend this book to young readers. Adventure, magic, battles and young love- all in one amazing book.