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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
The Red Sun: Legends of Orkney by Alane Adams is a book that will take children on a roller coaster ride of adventure and fantasy where whimsical and menacing creatures and witches will enthrall readers. Twelve-year-old Sam Baron meets a dwarf in the garage and he learns that his substitute English teacher, Ms. Endera, who is filling in for Ms. Platz, is a witch. Truths about his past became clearer when he travels to the magical world of Orkney through a stone fire. Sam finds out that his mother is a witch and his father is a descendant of the Norse god, Odin. Sam finds himself followed by the cursed Red Sun which can destroy his friends and all of Orkney. Will Mavery, the young witch girl, be able to save him?
This is the sort of adventure story that will keep children glued to the book. The references to Norse mythology are exciting and the author has woven a great adventure tale with a lot of twists and turns. The story also has a lot of fun, mystery, witchcraft, humor and whimsy. The narration is detailed and the precision with which the characters and the scenes are laid out makes the story very real. The land of Orkney is really fascinating and exciting, with magical creatures and adventures that will enchant young readers. It is a perfect adventure story for kids and I really am looking forward to the sequel, The Moon Pearl, for more action and excitement.