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THE QUEST FOR THE LAST KIMEIJI: The Last Tales of the Kimeiji

The Quest for the Last Kimeiji - Francisco Muñiz A high fantasy children book that showcases the journey that a child is willing to undertake in order to prevent evil forces from obtaining a powerful amulet.The Quest for the Last Kimeiji follows Atrelis as he crosses land after land in order to fulfill his mission. In his journey Atrelis meets great friends and even greater foes. The story takes place in a different world, it’s not our past or an alter reality, is a completely different world from ours. One that has strong magical connections and where the creature of folklore and legends are as real as the next person. The construction of the scenery is beautiful, the elements are all of the ones you expect from fantasy, yet they still have uniqueness to them. I can easily see a 10 year old hunching over this book, using his/her imagination to transport him/herself to Cloud Forest, Queen Veda’s Royal Tower, the ruins, or the floating castle. There was one particular scene that made me smile, Tionz (one of Atrelis friends) share with him and Elken, “a forest star—a rare, green fruit with five equal sides that only grew in forests.” (Kindle Location 2719). Why was I smiling? Because, as I read this I kept thinking about the carambola; which I used to eat all the time when I was a kid myself. The adventure has elements that are both fast and slow paced, as expected when you have characters traveling long distances. Do keep in mind that this is a children’s book, as such the prose is highly descriptive. The bottom line is that this is a great book for kids and a good fantasy adventure. This review also appears on my blog; Journey with Words.