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Gift of the Ancient Grove
by Ken Ramirez

Category: Fiction / Fantasy
184 pages; ISBN: 1-4137-1814-0

Rating: 10/10  (Ratings explained)
Reviewer: Shirley A. Roe


Genre: Children’s Fiction
Gift of the Ancient Grove
Gift of the Ancient Grove is book one of the Naida’s Quest Trilogy and this reviewer can’t wait to read book two. Author Ken Ramirez has a fanciful, imaginative writing style that enchants the reader and draws them into the world of gnomes, fairies and elves.

The story opens with Mesha and Dora, two healer gnomes saving the life of a comical newt. Bristo, Zern and Rondo, three male gnomes are attempting to help an elk that wants no part of their antics. The gnomes are the healers of the forest creatures and most valuable to the lives of all who live there. Far away, a beautiful Queen and a handsome King fear for the lives of their people who are dying of a mysterious illness. The Queen travels to the village of the gnomes and asks for help.

No story is complete without the evil witch and Celina the dark maiden is indeed evil. She plots with the trolls to take over the kingdom and captures the gnomes to do her bidding. Mesha and Bristo’s daughter, Naida is the most powerful healer amongst the gnomes. She goes on a quest in search of her parents. Accompanied by her lynx, Mikki and her best friend, Randin she sets off on the adventure of a lifetime. The settings are quaint and described in enchanting detail. The characters are loveable and comical.

Author, Ken Ramirez’ special talent for story telling shines brightly throughout this whimsical novel. Illustrations contributed by Boni Metcalf and the author, sprinkled throughout, add interest to the chapters. Children of all ages will love the colorful characters and the vivid imagery of Gift of the Ancient Grove. Allbooks Reviews highly recommends this book for any family, school or community library. To repeat, this reviewer can’t wait to continue the quest.
Reviewer: Shirley Roe, Allbooks Reviews.
Title: Gift of the Ancient Grove
Author: Ken Ramirez
Publisher: Publish America
ISBN: 1-4137-1814-0
Pages: 184
Price: $16.95



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