This is a novel written for the middle-school age group, but I still enjoyed it very much. It reminds me somewhat of the Narnia type fantasy with the siblings falling into specific personality molds. Daniel is the responsible, serious older brother always having to drive sense into his impulsive younger one, and yet, a little jealous of him. Olivia and Lilly balance out the little group nicely.
The novel follows the children as they move over the land, weighing a sort of ‘guerrilla’ warfare on the evil usurper who stole the kingdom and enslaved their parents. Along the way they meet the usual fantasy fare of goblins, fairies, dragons, and other magical beings. But there is much more in store for the young cast, as destiny awaits!
I found this a sweet and attention grabbing tale which young people will enjoy. As an adult reader, I prefer a more complex type of fantasy, but this is perfect for the age group it targets. There was a little too much emphasis placed on the small tasks such as eating and washing dishes and food gathering. Still, all in all, this was an enjoyable read that moved quickly and developed the characters well. Thoroughly clean and wholesome reading. I recommend it.