The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga, Book 1 by David A. Robertson – Review


Narnia meets traditional Indigenous stories of the sky and constellations in an epic middle grade fantasy series from award-winning author David Robertson.

Morgan and Eli, two Indigenous children forced away from their families and communities, are brought together in a foster home in Winnipeg, Manitoba. They each feel disconnected, from their culture and each other, and struggle to fit in at school and at their new home — until they find a secret place, walled off in an unfinished attic bedroom.

A portal opens to another reality, Askí, bringing them onto frozen, barren grounds, where they meet Ochek (Fisher). The only hunter supporting his starving community, Misewa, Ochek welcomes the human children, teaching them traditional ways to survive.

But as the need for food becomes desperate, they embark on a dangerous mission. Accompanied by Arik, a sassy Squirrel they catch stealing from the trapline, they try to save Misewa before the icy grip of winter freezes everything — including them.

The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga, Book 1 by David A. Robertson - Review
The Barren Grounds: The Misewa Saga, Book 1 by David A. Robertson – Review

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.
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The Ship of Shadows by Maria Kuzniar – Review & Blog Tour



Aleja whiles away her days in her family’s dusty tavern in Seville, dreaming of distant lands and believing in the kind of magic that she’s only ever read about in books. After all, she’s always being told that girls can’t be explorers.

But her life is changed forever when adventure comes for her in the form of a fabled vessel called the Ship of Shadows. Crewed by a band of ruthless women, with cabin walls dripping with secrets, the ship has sailed right out of a legend. And it wants Aleja.

Once on board its shadowy deck, she begins to realize that the sea holds more secrets than she ever could have imagined. The crew are desperately seeking something, and their path will take them through treacherous waters and force them to confront nightmare creatures and pitch-dark magic. It will take all of Aleja’s strength and courage to gain the trust of her fellow pirates – and discover what they are risking everything to find.

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Emma's New Life by Paul G. Wilson

Emma's New Life by Paul G. Wilson
Emma’s New Life by Paul G. Wilson

Rating – 5/5

Emma is a hedgehog who feels she is leading a dull life, and her friends lead a far more exciting life than her. She keeps on complaining how all of them have so much excitement in their lives, however, she barely has any lively moment in her life. She yearns for an adventure.

One day, her wish is granted, and she finds herself transported to a completely different world, the world of the Humans. She tries adjusting herself to her new surroundings but soon finds herself out of depth, facing threatening situations she could have never imagined.

Will Emma be forever trapped in the cruel world of the humans, or will she return to her beloved woods? Read Emma’s New Life by Paul G Wilson to find out.

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