When two vicious wolves chase fourteen-year-old Jacob Clark down a path from our world into another, his life is forever changed. He has no idea they have been sent by the Lorkon—evil, immortal beings who are jealous of powers he doesn’t know he possesses—powers they desire to control.
The inhabitants of the new world desperately need Jacob's help in recovering a magical key that was stolen by the Lorkon and is somehow linked to him. If he helps them, his life will be at risk. But if he chooses not to help them, both our world and theirs will be in danger. The Lorkon will stop at nothing to unleash the power of the key—and Jacob's special abilities.
Andrea Pearson's new young adult fantasy novel, The Key of Kilenya introduces us to an exciting adventure. When Jacob suddenly finds himself in the unfamiliar world of Eklaron, his life is constantly filled with new experiences and challenges. Though upset that his own life and goals have been interrupted, Jacob recognizes that his new found friends, the young Akeno and the other Makalos, are depending on his help to recover the magical Key of Kilenya, and hopefully preserve the future of their war troubled world. He agrees to do what he can to help. As Jacob travels to Maivoryl City with Akeno and the two fairy-like Minya’s, September and Early, they find guidance through a journal written by the former King Dimitri and encounter help from many other residents of Eklaron who are also fighting against the evil Lorkon. Throughout the adventure, Jacob finds new strengths within himself, both human and magical, that he never realized he possessed.
Like Jacob must have been, I was a little bit overwhelmed by the many new creatures, places, and things that make up the world of Eklaron. I often found myself re-reading portions of the book in order to follow the story and remember who was who and what was what. The pronunciation guide and map of Eklaron found at the front of the book were helpful, but I found myself wishing for a bit more detail and time with each of the places and characters, and perhaps a list of descriptions, definitions, and relationships to help absorb all of the information.
The Key of Kilenya is a very imaginatively written adventure with new exciting twists and turns in every chapter, but contains nothing that I would hesitate sharing with younger readers. This story is clearly just the beginning of many possible adventures for Jacob and his friends in the world of Eklaron.
I do not personally know Andrea Pearson, but have enjoyed reading this new book and sharing my thoughts about The Key of Kilenya with the readers of my blog. I did receive a free copy of the book from the author, but have not received any other compensation for this review.
You can find information on purchasing both print and Ebook versions of The Key of Kilenya at the Kilenya Series Blog. More information about Andrea can be found here. To watch a video of Andrea describing the book, go here.