by K.A. Last
Publication date: January 31st 2014
Where anything is possible, but not always controllable.
Enter at your own risk.
The night before her fifteenth birthday, Rosaline Clayton receives an amulet from her deranged father. He tells her she must find the book, and begs her to save him. Rosaline is used to her father not making any sense, and she dismisses their conversation as another of his crazy rants.
Rosaline and her younger brother, Elliot, find the old, leather-bound book tucked away in their Nana’s attic, and it sucks them into its pages. They land in a magical world where anything is possible, but when Rosaline and Elliot are separated, the only thing Rosaline wants is to find her brother and go home.
The creatures of Immagica have other ideas. Rosaline befriends a black unicorn, two fairies, and a girl named Brynn, who are under threat from a menacing dragon. Rosaline discovers she is bound to Immagica in ways she doesn’t understand, and the fate of this magical world rests entirely on her shoulders.
Wow, I’m not even sure where to start this review. The story of Immagica is awesome beyond words!
Rosaline and her brother, Elliot, arrive at their Nana’s house with their parents to celebrate their birthday. They aren’t twins, but they do share the date (just like two of my kids!). They don’t seem particularly happy about having to spend their special day at their Nana’s house. We quickly learn that Rosaline’s mum is the type of person you don’t wish on your worst enemy and her dad is a bit off his rocker. I actually pictured her parents as the “other mother” and “other father” from Coraline. LOL. Things take a sharp turn during dinner the night before her birthday. After she blows up at her mother and storms away from the table, Rosaline learns a secret that flips her world upside down. As if one giant family secret isn’t enough, her dad comes to her room later that same evening with a cryptic message and an amulet and tells her she must save him. Huh? Rosaline thinks another screw has been knocked loose in that wonky head of his, but after she and Elliot find the book in Nana’s attic and are swept away to Immagica, she wonders if she’s as crazy as her dear old dad or if she really is inside this magical land. And where the heck did Elliot go?!?
As wonderstruck as I was after viewing the map of Immagica, it’s got nothing on the descriptive power of the authors words. I was transported to the magical world of Immagica right along side Rosaline. I could see the miles of wasteland when we first arrived in The Barren Lands, I could hear Ira’s voice in my own head, I could almost feel the friction between Rosaline and Brynn, I chuckled with Sebille and Orin, I even teared up a bit, but I’m not going to get into details about that. These characters take the reader on a thrilling journey that you’ll want to revisit again and again. It’s the kind of tale that has your heart racing and your fist-pumping the air. Immagica isn’t just a story, it’s an adventure filled with excitement and magic, friendship and foes, mystical creatures and lands that my words can’t adequately describe to you. It’s an endeavor you must experience for yourself and I highly recommend that you do. Immagica has definitely made my “Favorite Reads of 2014” list!
~About the Author~
K. A. Last was born in Subiaco, Western Australia, and moved to Sydney with her parents and older brother when she was eight. Artistic and creative by nature, she studied Graphic Design and graduated with an Advanced Diploma. After marrying her high school sweetheart, she concentrated on her career before settling into family life. Blessed with a vivid imagination, she began writing to let off creative steam, and fell in love with it. She now resides in a peaceful leafy suburb north of Sydney with her husband, their two children, and a rabbit named Twitch.
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