Five glorious golden stars

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It’s been a very long time since I last posted. Holidays and life in general have got in the way of updating the web site but yesterday I received a long awaited email. At the beginning of April I submitted the fourth book of the Agnil’s Worlds series, Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret, for review at the Readers’ Favorite web site. Readers’ Favorite is an important American book review site. There are two ways you can obtain a review there, one is to pay for it and the other other is to sit tight and wait for a free review. I don’t believe in paying for a review in any case, so I waited…and waited.

I’d been keeping my fingers crossed as the first three books had all received five star reviews on this site and I was delighted when, once more, I saw the five glorious golden stars at the top of the page!

This is what the Readers’ Favorite reviewer, Emily-Jane Hills Orford, said:
“In Agnil and the Centaur’s Secret by Susan Navas, Agnil is a young girl with an eye for adventure. Since she’s only part human, the other part elf, Agnil has some unusual, magical qualities and her adventures don’t just happen in the human world. In fact, these adventures happen in the in between world as well as the elf world. Her adventures lead her through portals to find hidden treasures that may or may not explain who she is, who her family is. It also helps her adapt to her dual ancestry.

You see, Agnil is also an elf princess, and she has already experienced several adventures and saved the elf world from evil and disaster. When a special book appears in the elf library that is centuries old and believed to be written in the language of the mythical creatures, the centaurs, Agnil is called by her grandparents, the King and Queen, to find the stone in the human world that will help the elfs read this ancient language and unravel the mysteries that this text records. In so doing, Agnil must seek the help of her father’s girlfriend, even though Agnil’s mother, an elf, is still very much alive. Torn by the conflict of two families within one, Agnil begins to find a way to reach out to this girlfriend without betraying her love for either her father or her mother.

Susan Navas has written a delightful story on a par with C.S. Lewis’ Narnia books. It is a wonderful fantasy tale of the ongoing, ever present battle between good and evil. The fantasy world of the elfs is coupled so well with the real world of a contemporary young girl struggling to come to terms with her parents’ separation and a split family. This becomes an underlying theme, but the plot leads the reader through an exciting series of adventures. Very well done!”

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Five stars for Tree Spirits

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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.