*Kristina Kingsly feels like the most unpopular girl in her class−she doesn’t fit in and a couple of her classmates are down right nasty to her. Simply put, her school life is miserable. But things are about to change when Kristina receives an unusual Christmas gift; she suddenly finds herself mysteriously transported to the land of Bernovem, home of dwarfs, gnomes, fairies, talking animals and the evil Queen Sentiz.
In Bernovem, Kristina not only fits in, she’s honored as “the chosen one” the only one who can release the land from Queen Sentiz’s control. But it’s not as simple as it seems. To save Bernovem, she must place the gift she was given, the famous “Warble,” in its resting place. To accomplish this, she must travel through the deep forest, climb a treacherous mountain, and risk capture by the queen’s “zelbocks” before she reaches her destination. Guided by her new fairy friends, Clover and Looper and by Prince Werrien, a teenage boy, as well as an assortment of other characters, Kristina sets off on a perilous journey that not only tests her strength but her heart.*
Kristina Kingsly's adventure in the Warble gives readers a brief glimpse at a complex and colorful world that the author is clearly passionate about. The world borrows rich traditions we know and love from Narnia with a dash of Wizard of Oz and a bit of Neverending Story. A 'chosen one' (Kristina) is given a great gift, leading to great opportunity and responsibility. The path is set before her, all she has to do is follow her feet.
The great appeal of The Warble is the welcome desire to explore our imagination and discover potential to be a great influence in a world that desperately needs our expertise. Fantastical creatures, evil tyrannical rulers, and an adventure of a life time provide the premise of being able to escape the mundane world of school, bullies, and general unfairness, to truly dig deep down and become a the hero we all possess inside of us.
While the plot and characters could use a little more development to help draw in readers unfamiliar with the author's world, the author shows a lot of promise and a great love for writing. The Warble is a story for all ages to share and enjoy and I look forward to continuing to travel along with Kristina's adventures in future works.