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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite
Rachel’s life of foster homes ends abruptly on her sixteenth birthday when she finds her purpose in life in an Inner Realm. M.D. Allen creates Matilda Seer as a coming of age story that takes seven Chosen teenagers, who share the same birthday, and mysteriously transports them to a world foreign to their own. Rachel is given two new names when she enters the Inner Realm; Matilda Seer. Names tell a person’s gift and having two names is rare. Matilda Seer must learn how to use her skills without her teachers as the Watchers leave to find answers to the evil that has penetrated their safe-house. Matilda and the other Chosen teenagers face trials when they leave Quarry Cottage, but the hardest test is to trust each other. Will they be able to rescue the Watchers and work together to escape the evil Lord Rafe?
M.D. Allen writes with the skill and boldness of a seasoned author. Matilda Seer challenges its readers with a plot that has multiple levels of deception, mystique, and uncertainty. The storyline rotates between the groups that split up. I love how M.D. Allen adds details that make readers anticipate the next book. When will Carter have to choose between evil or good, what is behind the mysterious door in their room, what is the connection between Matilda and Ethan, and finally, did Lord Rafe survive the fire? The author breathes life into her characters as they each show distinct personalities and temperaments. Their mission is hampered by their lack of knowledge in a magical world. I highly recommend this book to those who enjoy a well-written novel that transports them into a world of magic, mystery, and suspense.