Title: A Journey to the Four Kingdoms
Author: Karl F. Hollenbach
Format: Paperback and eBook
Genre: Children’s Fantasy 8 and up
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About the Book:
Join the young Prince Royal, Pid, in his fabled quest to discover the Great Secret with the help of Firebreather, his true friend.
Pid and Firebreather journey to the four kingdoms, each of which offers a possible path of discovery to the Great Secret. Along the way Pid finds other companions drawn to his quest.
Prepared by his experiences in the four kingdoms, Pid encounters and fights the Black Demon. During the fabled struggle, with Firebreather’s insight and his companions help, Pid discovers the answer to the Great Secret.
Appealing to children and the child-like senses in most adults of wonder, curiosity, and true friendship this fable is of a person learning where their real strength lies and about true friendship and undying love.
So often in the quest for the fantastic, a fantasy becomes less about characters and what their journey can teach, and more about the effects and magic. This is not the case for this book: written with middle-school aged children in mind, this story is a read that anyone can enjoy. Without great amounts of graphic violence, strong language or ‘adult’ themed situations, the young Prince Pid and his trusty scrap fabric dragon Firebreather travel through several tests on their way to find the Great Secret.
Beautifully written with an eye for feeding imagination and providing simple truths in a way that is not preachy or clichéd, Hollenbach has created a story that will enchant readers and provide them with a story that really does highlight the necessity of friendship, acceptance, love and growing up. While the bittersweet ending will bring a tear, the overwhelming feeling is that you want to share this story with your children and your friend’s children.
With patience, courage, friendship and learning at its core: the story will stay with you, and be used to help children understand the value in those qualities in easily understood examples that allow imagination and a story to convey concepts, rather than another ‘talk’.
I received an eBook from the author for purpose of honest review and inclusion in the Children Read week at I am Indeed. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions were my own responsibility.
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About the Author:
Karl F. Hollenbach was born in 1925 in Louisville, Kentucky. He received his B.A. and M. Ed. from the University of Louisville.
His esoteric and metaphysical articles have been published in Japan and England as well as the United States. He and his artist wife live on Dunsinane Hill Farm near Fort Knox, Kentucky.