Allie Strom and the Ring of Solomon
Bringer of Light Book 1
Genre: Middlegrade fantasy
Publication Date: November 2015
In this teen paranormal fantasy, Allie thinks she’s a normal kid with normal problems on her first day of seventh grade. She hopes for a fresh start despite her mom being overseas with the Army, again. But none of that matters when she discovers that her mom has gone missing.
On the same day of her mom’s disappearance, Allie finds the necklace her mom was never without. When the necklace magically teleports her new friend Daniel and her to Central Asia, she learns her necklace contains an ancient magic; the power of the ring of Solomon, which she must use to fight off an army of darkness and a giant with eyes of fire.
Most important of all, the necklace appears to be the key to finding her mom.
Twelve year old Allie’s mother goes missing, and she must enter a world of magic to save her.
I instantly liked Allie. She’s a typical young girl, just entering the seventh grade. The vivid descriptions of not only setting but emotion took me back to when I first started junior high. It really is a big step, and Allie finds herself a bit over her head. Not to worry. She soon makes friends with Daniel, who is the target of some bullying. I really enjoyed the way Allie stood up for him. That’s a great role model for kids today, reminding them never to be afraid to do the right thing.
The first half was pretty straight forward, with a few confusing spots. Allie didn’t know what was going on, and at times, neither did I. Luckily, as the story progressed things were explained, and I learned the source of the magic and how it came to Allie’s hands. There are some tidbits of history thrown in. Not enough to bore a young reader, but enough to justify what’s going on.
The action scenes were nicely done. They kept me entertained and on the edge of my seat. I’m so glad the violence in this book is tame. There is action, and some characters take a beating, but the violence doesn’t go over the top. It stays PG throughout, and that’s as at should be for this age group. I don’t know why so many kids’ books go over the top. I’ve read some with graphic violence, and thankfully, you won’t find that here.
All in all it’s a fun adventure that kids ages 8-13 are certain to enjoy.
I was given a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
4 out of 5 stars
About the Author:
Justin Sloan is a video game writer on such titles as Game of Thrones and The Walking Dead, as well as a novelist and screenwriter. He studied writing at the Johns Hopkins University MA in Writing program and at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television’s Professional Program in Screenwriting. Justin was in the Marines for five years and has lived in Japan, Korea, and Italy. He currently lives with his amazing wife and children in the Bay Area, where he writes and enjoys life.