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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite
Nicky doesn't have many friends. He's new to town, but that's not all. After a tragic accident that claimed his father's life, Nicky was left with a limp and a stutter. At school, he is the brunt of teasing and tormenting. While shopping in his favorite thrift store, he finds an old jacket in a trunk. He buys it and takes it home, not realizing the treasures within the pockets. That's when things start to go crazy - monstrous dogs attacking him and talking to him, threatening all kinds of evil if Nicky doesn't return the Elka, the sacred key of healing and re-birth. The good Fae-rens, from the hidden realm of Wren behind the veil, come to the rescue, but not before more evil threatens the ones Nicky cares for most.
The Lost Key Of Being is a classic tale of good versus evil told in the manner of a Grimm's fairy tale. Author Nan C. Cataldi has created a believable magical kingdom, Wren, that parallels Earth, Gaeya. The powerful Glymirra, the Grand One, is the force of goodness that protects the people and all living creatures of Earth using the powers of the four Keys of Being. But she must protect the keys as well, for if they were to fall into the hands of the Evil One, chaos would reign supreme, like it did during the two World Wars. The author weaves a compelling story around its human characters and the characters of Wren, bringing in the very frightening characters of evil to add conflict and strife. This is a fantastical tale of magic and the mystical powers of good and evil. Well done!