Wishing you and all your families a very Merry Christmas!
A few months ago I posted the news that the first two books of the Agnil’s Worlds series had both been awarded five star reviews by the Readers’ Favorite site. Readers’ Favorite have two systems for reviews; one paid for and one free. I am not happy about paying for reviews as I feel that the reviewer might well feel obliged to give a good review. On the other hand, asking for a free review is more likely to be unbiased, especially if you don’t know the reviewer at all. So it was for the free reviews that I submitted the first two books and, more recently, book 3, Agnil and the Tree Spirits. Yesterday I was delighted to receive notification that the review was ready and had been posted to Readers’ Favorite and once again I was thrilled to see that the book had been awarded a fabulous full-fat FIVE STAR review! And what a review it was!
I am reproducing it here in full:
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers’ Favorite
Agnil and the Tree Spirits (Agnil’s Worlds Book 3) by Susan Navas is the third book in the series of Agnil. In this magical story, we see Agnil being asked to help the elves whose world is threatened by the Navigator, who is destroying the world by dirtying it and polluting the clean places. Agnil wants to help the elves, but at the same time she is facing problems at home. This book takes the reader on a whimsical fantasy ride while it teaches about real world issues like dwindling forests, pollution and exploitation of minerals.
The book begins with Cranus approaching Agnil for help to save the beautiful elf world. Woven around environmental issues, the author’s tale enchants young readers with fantasy and adventure that will capture their attention until the very end. I liked the concept and the message that is conveyed and the fantasy part will pull readers into the story effortlessly. It is a perfect story for read aloud sessions in classrooms and libraries as it deals with a relevant topic. The beautiful illustrations add to the pace, action and drama of the story. The author’s writing style is fluid and there is an element of surrealism in her way of describing situations, and the depiction of characters makes the story captivating. The illustrations are also unique and they complement the characters and scenes in the book well.
If you have been following my blog, you’ll already know that The Rise of Agnil has been nominated for The People’s Book Prize and that this is a really important national award. The book is now on their web site and will be there until the end of February. I’m incredibly excited about this! To progress through the stages of the award needs you, the readers, ordinary members of the public, to go and vote on the web site. You will have to register and will be sent a password allowing you to vote.
From The People’s Book Prize web site:
“The People’s Book Prize is the democratic Book Prize voted exclusively by the public aimed at finding, supporting and promoting new and undiscovered works. It is the public who choose Britain’s Next Bestsellers.
Supported by Patron Frederick Forsyth CBE the Award consists of prizes in three genres – fiction, non-fiction and children’s literature. Leading up to the ceremony titles are showcased on www.peoplesbookprize.com and the books which receive the most votes go forward as finalists with three authors emerging as winners. In addition, The Beryl Bainbridge Award for First Time Author is given in honour of TPBP founding patron and an award for Best Achievement for outstanding content to the author whose writing has led, or could lead to benefitting the community.”
Please help support me and vote for The Rise of Agnil!