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Tuesday, August 7, 2012

The Toy Sorcerer by Laura Hart




I got a distinct feel of Alice in Wonderland when reading this.  I was relieved to see in the forward (which I usually read afterward don’t ask me why since I have no idea) that another reviewer saw it as an Alice in Wonderland tribute.

Alice is physically challenged due to an accident.  She and her Dad move to a quaint country cottage to escape their past.  She meets and is befriended by the delightful elderly lady and her Jack Russell terrier who live down the land.

Little does she know that all is not what it seems?  Alice is enmeshed in an ancient conflict of good versus evil, sister versus sister and reality versus fantasy.   Alice’s unlikely role as a champion provides the thrust of the story.  Overcoming obstacles regardless of their severity seems to be the moral.

There is a wealth of colorful characters in the book.   Surrounded by immortals of questionable character, she is befriended by unlikely allies.   Shammerwack seems to illustrate the bi-polarity of life.   The book is entertaining and a touch confusing with reality and dreams conflicting. 

Try it, you may find yourself on the wrong side of the looking glass. 
This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

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