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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
The Peacock Door by Wanda Kay Knight is the first book in the Ancient Pathways and Hidden Keys series. Three sets of cousins are visiting their Gramma and are delighted when she has a surprise for them: a ramshackle treehouse. It’s all theirs to play in with one rule: only use the door for comings and goings. When two of them break the rule and end up lost in another world, the others band together to bring them home, but the deeper they go into this strange new world, the stranger it becomes. The cousins embark on epic adventures that bring them face to face with many dangers, mysterious strangers, and surprising twists that await them as they try to make their way home.
The Peacock Door follows the eight cousins through various individual adventures as they’re separated into three groups while working to find each other and their way home. This allows you to see their various relationships and get to know them outside the larger group. Wanda Kay Knight explores who each of the cousins is as individuals. Each of their journeys leads each of the cousins to make discoveries about themselves and about this strange world the treehouse brought them to. The love between the cousins adds a depth to the story that shows the importance of their family unit and what drives them to never give up on finding each other. The story has a fun Wizard of Oz element to it as three of the cousins set off to see the Oracle, which blends well with the fairytale elements. The Peacock Door is a delightful read for youngsters of all ages to enjoy as a group of cousins find their way into a world that has an adventure, action, dazzling oceans, enchanted trees, rainbows, clocks, and giants.