by Jay Dubya
Young Adult Fantasy
RECOMMENDED for the 8 - 11 set
Changer, a shape-shifter and
the youngest son of Enchanta's King Wisher joins New Jersey residents,
David and Barbara Morgan in their quest to aid the King. Unfortunately
for the people of Enchanta, Wisher has lost his power for wishing
during an earthquake. Wings, a flying horse has been sent by
the King to find someone who can help save the land from total
destruction by the frightful Beneathians. The children along
with Changer set out to locate Changer's older brothers, Inventor
Enchanta has been overrun by
cruel Beneathians who came up from the center of their world.
The Beneathians captured Queen Hope and without Hope King Wisher
has stopped believing in his magical powers. David and Barbara
are able to reunite the King and his sons. Once reunited the
group is ready to try to locate and rescue Queen Hope. During
their quest the children meet an interesting group of Enchanta
residents including a shaggy-haired barbarian, a babbling brook
that really babbles but offers little more than useless prattle,
as well as a friendly ram and a curious lion.
Enchanta is the first in a trilogy
of playful offerings by writer Jay Dubya. Filled with nonsensical
riddles, ludicrous puns, plays on words and hidden meanings this
humorous tale is sure to tickle the funny bone of the 8-11 set.
Hidden within jocularity, buffoonery and absurdity are themes
of self reliance, conviction and bravery as otherwise implausible
characters join in the spirit of challenging experiences. The
narrative technique employed by writer Jay Dubya is at times
a bit adult for younger kids, nevertheless the humor and silliness
filling the work through fun with words and ideas makes Enchanta
a good giggle for kids.