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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Oldenglen, Volume One is a young adult and preteen fantasy written by Robin Mason and Michael Mason. Jackson Wolfe is not at all impressed with his parents’ decision to move from the London flat where he’s lived all his life to the woods of southwestern Oregon. As they drive away from the airport and continue travelling on for miles and miles that finally terminate in dirt roads that seem to wind on forever, his previous dismal outlook seems positively sunny compared to how he feels when they finally arrive at the low and sprawling stone house in the middle of nowhere. While his father, who had been raised in the area, prattled on about the age of the house and it having been a summer place for a wealthy family, Jackson wonders what they were trying to do to him anyway. As there was nothing to do, however, and they were hours away from Portland and any signs of civilization, Jackson resigned himself to exploring the acres and acres of woodlands that stretched behind the rental house. He freaked out a bit when he saw a large, furry face with golden eyes contemplating him once, and wondered if the large and unusual paw print he discovered was made by the face’s feet, but somehow the woods and outdoors seemed to get under his skin, to become somewhere he wanted to be or even where he seemed to belong.
Robin Mason and Michael Mason’s young adult and preteen fantasy, Oldenglen, Volume One, is a spellbinding and enthralling read set in the virgin forestland of Southwestern Oregon. I loved watching as the city-dweller in Jackson Wolfe woke up to the enchantments of the outdoors. This fantasy is original, and the plot is filled with discoveries, interactions between mankind and wild creatures, and harbingers of a dreadful plot to destroy the Glen. The Masons’ writing is smooth, assured and perfectly matched to the mood and mystery of the story. I’m looking forward to reading Volume Two of this series, and wonder what will happen to Jackson, Sarah and the Glen next. Oldenglen, Volume One is highly recommended for anyone who loves fantasy.