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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
An ancient book, a mystical and fantastical treehouse, and a slide that leads to a candy shop which masquerades as the entrance to a mysterious and dangerous underground world. Timmy is only eight and he’s endured the pranks of bullies, but he’s not about to back away and run for cover when he discovers a friend in danger. Not only that, but there are a lot of children in danger and Timmy is the only one who can rescue them. So claims the elf-like klom, Aleday, a blind wizard who is set on teaching Timmy his powers and guiding him on a magical journey, one that is required to save all of humanity.
Montgomery C. Floyd’s children’s fantasy novel, Realm of GoldOro, is only the beginning of a long quest which pits good against evil in a magical, fantastic alternate dimension. Much like C.S. Lewis’s Narnia stories, Timmy’s adventures include a little bit of magic and a whole lot of unusual events and happenings. The plot develops with ease, allowing the young reader to learn about Timmy, to feel his remorse over being shut out by the other boys, for being bullied. And then there’s the ‘aw’ factor when Timmy gets his sweet treat after all and enjoys a sojourn in a magical sweet shop before descending, unexpectedly, into a frightening underworld known as GoldOro. The evil force, Bachloss, is the epitome of greed for as a robotic monster set on destroying humanity, he kidnaps and enslaves children to mine his gold, to amass his fortune, to build his impressive empire of riches. Good versus evil, greed versus compassion – it’s a battle to restore the balance of humanity, to save it from evil destruction. This is a powerful story that will keep young readers riveted right to the end, and I'm looking forward to further developments in the next books in the series. A fantastical read!