About the Story
When Andy landed back home, little did he realize the hunt Abaddon would initiate to capture and punish him for thwarting his plans for eternal life for yet a third time. Meanwhile, when Methuselah unexpectedly extends in Mom’s hand while in Texas, something it has never done for him, it triggers more revelations about her past.
After a frustrating and, at times, terrifying year, Andy returns to Oomaldee and joins Hans’ quest to locate the only surviving heir to the throne of Cromlech. In the process, Andy and company discover the Giant’s Ring, the center of Cromlech’s healing powers, has been destroyed by Abaddon’s evil sorcerer. While unthinkable, the situation grows dire when Andy finds that the phoenix who rose from that land millennia before has returned to be reborn and the evil mage has trapped her inside the decimated Ring. Without the freedom to collect the materials she needs to build a pyre, she will die. Andy knows failure is not an option for he needs a feather from this phoenix as the next ingredient to break the curse.
With the clock ticking, will Andy and his friends free the phoenix in time? Will they be able to fix the Ring and restore Cromlech’s healing powers? Will Andy collect a phoenix feather?
~ My Review ~
The Andy Smithson series continues with book #4! This time, when Andy returns to the kingdom of Oomaldee, he joins a quest to find a neighboring kingdom’s lost princess, Yara. Not only this, but he also has to find the next piece of the puzzle to break the curse over Oomaldee. The object needed is a Phoenix feather. Oh, and he must avoid being captured by the Zolt, evil vulture people, who have somehow found a way to cross the border between Andy’s world, and Oomaldee.
Some of the main characters were not in this book as much as they were in the rest of the series, simply because the plot didn’t require them. I missed their character interactions, though they popped up again towards the end of the book.
Hannah, one of our three main characters, bothered me a bit in the beggining. I’m not sure why. However, I did find the rivalry between Hannah and Yara to be amusing, particularly at the point where Hannah was made to behave like a chicken.
At one part in this book, four of our characters were tested. It was the sort of test that is not for your intellect, but for your values and character. They were all made to face their worst fears. I enjoyed reading about each of the four trials, and thought that they were well-described as well as well-developed, just as the rest of the story.
The end of this book caught me by surprise. I don’t want to tell you what happens, that way you will be surprised when you read it yourself. Suffice it to say that someone ends up in Oomaldee who was in Andy’s world in the beginning of the book.
One last thing before I wrap up my review, and that is that the author is very good at putting some sort of cliff hangar at the end of the book, and then giving you no clue as to what happens. This time it was the scream of a banshee, announcing that someone was going to die. Each time she surprises you it makes you eager for the next book.
This is a fun series for children and adults alike who are looking for a lighthearted fantasy.
About the Author
L. R. W. Lee writes to teach her readers principles that can transform their lives – overcoming frustration, impatience, fear and more. She also shows why responsibility, diligence and dignity are the keys to true success in life. L. R. W. Lee lives in scenic Austin, TX with her husband, daughter and son.