The Miracle Prince

The Power of the Pearl

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
334 Pages
Reviewed on 06/12/2021
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Alaric Swift has led a lonely life. Only thirteen, he’s been shuffled from one foster family to another. It's rather difficult trying to make friends when you’re moved around a lot and, wherever you go, strange things happen just because you thought about it. When Alaric’s latest foster family tries to eat him, he knows he’s reached the limits of his endurance. But Alaric’s social worker, Mr. Solomon, reaches the boy before he’s devoured and sends him to live on the magical island of Harramore. That’s where Alaric discovers his true identity – he’s royalty and he has some amazing powers. And it’s at Harramore that the real adventure begins and lasting friendships are forged.

William Edmonds’ middle grade novel, The Miracle Prince: The Power of the Pearl, will have Harry Potter fans and those who love C.S. Lewis’ adventures in Narnia enraptured from beginning to end. The author has developed a compelling plot that grips the reader from the very start. There are unexplained, unusual events right from the beginning: like the earth swallowing an annoying toddler at Alaric’s earlier foster home, and the earthquake event that ultimately saved him from the foster parents who were intent on eating him. And the adventure escalates as the young prince learns his identity and learns how to take control of his amazing powers. The characters are well developed and the setting described with intensity and realistic, engaging dialogue helps move the story forward. As well as the magic and the adventure, there is the power of friendship and the power of believing in oneself that makes this a solid read for middle graders. This is the first in an exciting new series and the reader will be anxiously waiting the next installment.