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Reviewed by Michelle Stanley for Readers' Favorite
Agnil and the Wizard’s Orb is a delightful book in the Agnil’s Worlds series by Susan Navas. Agnil, who is also called Aggie, feels unhappy because she misses Estil, her elf mother, and kids make fun of her pointy ears. She decides to practice using the special ring Estil gave her. Her attempts are successful and it summons Estil, who tells her that she needs her help. Estil and other elves are forced to live and work under harsh conditions in the depressing frozen world of Boreas, where the sun does not set. The only person who can free them is Agnil because she is half mortal. She travels to Boreas and is given a wizard’s orb and crystal sword to use. Unfortunately, Agnil and Estil are arrested by the Boreans. Her uncle Asieril plans to rescue them, but will he arrive at the jail in time, before they are sent to the Frozen Forest to die?
Agnil and the Wizard’s Orb is the second book in the Agnil’s Worlds series. Susan Navas continues to impress me with her writing abilities. This story is nicely written and is told in a descriptive way that will make readers feel they are a part of the drama too. Agnil has mixed emotions about her mother’s absence in her life, and tries adjusting to being a half mortal. But I notice that her strength and confidence seems to grow more with each adventure she has. Preteens will enjoy reading this great fantasy series.