Book: The Worlds Traveler Author: M.L. Roble Date of Publication: November 11, 2015 Publisher: Smashwords Edition Genre: middle grade, fantasy, adventure Source: Author!!! (thank you!!!!) Rating: 4/5 Beans
Life on the run from madman Martin Reimer gets in the way of everything.
For fourteen-year-old Phillip, it has meant having to stay hidden, unable to use his gift of moving through maps to search for his missing father. But the arrival of a stranger named Delroy brings unexpected opportunity, for Delroy is a man with the ability to travel worlds hidden within our own and he was sent by Phillip’s father. Now Phillip will do everything he can to find his dad, even if it means tricking Delroy into helping him or a quest through those hidden worlds.
Even if leaving home means Martin can now find him…
Follow in the adventures of Phillip Stone and Natalie Bristol from the award-winning book The Magician’s Doll!
The second book in an unnamed series by the awesome author M.L. Roble, I really enjoyed this book. While the first one was much more geared towards the younger part of the middle grade group, this book was slightly older and I think that helped me a little. Like I said in the last review, I don’t read a lot of middle grade books because I don’t remember a lot about being that age, but this one really reminded me of how emotional and confusing it can be to be fourteen years old. Both Philip and Natalie have become much more mature in the two years (I think?) that have passed since the The Magician’s Doll. I enjoyed seeing their feeling towards each other adjust as well as their views on the world change as they started to learn more and more about the world around them.
One of my favorite parts of this book was the introduction of Delroy. He is by far the most interesting character, a forced caregiver for two incredibly stubborn and determined children who are still learning more and more about themselves. The fact that he never asked to be in the place that he found himself but did not turn away when the opportunity presented itself shows just how much a child’s faith in you can change your heart.
The forest. Oh my goodness! I loved this part! The people inside reminded me a bit of a combination of the Beavers from C.S. Lewis and the fair folk from J.R.R. Tolkin (just go with it, it makes sense in my head). Also, I want a library like that! Yes? Thank you!! The entire story was just overflowing with magic and a visualization that allowed me to imagine exactly what was going on and feel the same emotions and understand that characters that much better.
I did have a bit of trouble keeping up with the timeline of what was happening when, which I understand was part of the point during a section of the story, but it really disoriented me in the Forest. I would highly recommend this book, but would say read The Magician’s Doll first. This book gets a four out of five beans from me!
Oh! Receiving this book from the author did NOT influence my opinion on this book.