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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
Charlotte is a normal nine-year-old girl, excited by the start of the Christmas break from school and three weeks of fun and leisure. When her dad announces to the family that they are off to attend the local Christmas pantomime the following evening, Charlotte and her little sister, Beth, are besides themselves with excitement. Charlotte, however, has a secret - a pendant that allows her to travel between her earthly realm and the magic world of elves, trolls, dwarves and fairies. Reading Favian's Law by Kurt Chambers, it soon becomes apparent Charlotte has visited this world before in earlier stories. When the family attends the pantomime, Charlotte is accosted by the man from the next show on the evening's bill, a mind-reader psychic named Favian. Recognising the pendant Charlotte is wearing, Favian steals it and travels to the other realm, where Charlotte later discovers he has created havoc and set the various inhabitant races of the realm against each other. Somehow, Charlotte must fix the chaos and undo Favian's Law.
This was a delightful read as we travelled, through the author's imagination, to the world of elves and the like. I particularly liked the little twists with time travel that the author threw into the story. Charlotte was believable, both as a scared child who just wanted to make things right, as well as the feisty and famed Truth Teller from an earlier story. It is always a good measure in a series such as this if a reader can say, "You don't have to have read the earlier adventures to understand and enjoy this one." That was certainly the case with Favian's Law. Kurt Chambers did an excellent job in filling in the gaps in a reader's understanding of what had preceded this tale. I think this book would be extremely suitable for any children from ten upwards. Charlotte is a very modern, with-it young lady, with whom I'm sure all young readers would identify well. A very good read.