Book Review: Save Magic City by Rocsanne Shield

Fantasy books are a huge part of our personal library – becomes my husband loves them. And he’s passed that love down to the olders – K and J. 

K, now at 13 almost 14, really doesn’t want to read or listen to much anymore unless it’s historical fiction or fantasy. She’s a voracious reader, and when she’s not reading or doing schoolwork, she’s listening to audio books. It’s gotten to the point that now she and her dad trade books back and forth.

So for literature this year, K is doing the Fantasy Literature course from CTT. Reading through all the great works of Fantasy – ranging from Winnie the Pooh and Aesop’s Fables to Chronicles of Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and Beowolf.

So in March, when she was offered the opportunity to read and review a new children’s fantasy book - Save Magic City by Rocsanne Shield - she jumped at the chance :)

Save Magic City by Rocsanne Shield - Children's FantasySave Magic City is written for tweens and teens maybe up to age 14. So Kate is at the upper end of that range. 

Now I had planned on also reading Save Magic City and giving you my opinion as well. But as soon as K finished it, her brother absconded with it, spending the next three days devouring it, and then promptly misplaced it. :(

So, instead I have for you Kate’s summary and review of Save Magic City, and the knowledge that it appealed to J (age 11) enough to consume him for three days. :)

Here’s K’s description of what the book is about:

Save Magic City by Rocsanne Shield starts when Sir Edmund from the 13th century is thrown into U.S.A in 2007 A.D. by a banishing spell done by Lord Sloanne. Sir Edmund is a evil wizard cursed to obey for good and only good whoever first to ask him to do something him after he arrived in 2007. He is found by Leona (the first ask him to do something) and her adopted son Leo.

At first he awed by the new world he was thrown into, especially by all the technology. But it comes to his attention that the dying town that he was thrown into is being sucked dry by its mayor. He decides to help with his magic powers but Leona doesn’t want to use them until something deadly horrible happens.   ~Kate, age 13

The author, Rocsanne Shield, had this to say about what she feels the messages in the book are:

“The town is any town in USA in which the corporations have left, leaving behind destruction of lives, breaking of families, loss of home and property.

Though I treat this as solvable through magic, a concerted effort of all inhabitants could bring good results even without magic.

Children are more aware of the environment then they were in other times. They live all these changes themselves and may recognize parts of the story as it applies to their own lives.

…being independent and helping one’s neighbours is more important in times of struggle than having a job for which one trembles every day in fear of losing it.”

~Rocsanne Shield of her Children’s fantasy book Save Magic City

While I have a hard time with the idea of evil corporations, I felt the discussion points and overall theme of helping each other through struggles was enough to allow the kids to read this book. 

So I told you, J absconded with the book and enjoyed it. Here’s what K, at 13, has to say about Save Magic City:

I’ve read and listened to a lot of books but I don’t think I’ve ever come across a book this unique  before. It flows together nicely and it has wonderful grammar.

I think it’s a great story. I’d recommend it to tweens and families who don’t mind their kids reading about magic.

The only thing I wondered about is that they disappear, literally at the very end of the book, where did they go? But it does make a very good dramatic ending.  ~Kate, age 13

So if you have a fantasy loving tween, this book is kid-approved by my household.

Kate did comment to me that the book is not really suited for older teens, but it is enjoyable for tweens and young teens who have enough reading ability to enjoy a 300 page book. Hence, why it’s a children’s fantasy book :)

You can find Save Magic City on Amazon.com and at other booksellers world wide. For a complete list and more information about the book, please see Roscanne Shield’s website.

…Shannon

Disclosure: Kate and I recieved a complimentary review copy of this book for agreeing to read it and post our opinions.
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