I Don't read a lot of children's books but, being a Lord of the rings fanatic and the movie coming out, I thought I have to read this book.
I do belie...moreI Don't read a lot of children's books but, being a Lord of the rings fanatic and the movie coming out, I thought I have to read this book.
I do believe that it is indeed a children's book, it feels like a children's book but it doesn't feel like the writer was talking down to children. I did love how the fantasy elements provided such creativity into this world and allow children to explore that. The villain is basic, a dragon who stole the dwarves gold that they want it back, but the thing is, it's a children's book after all
Ending was sorta sad though, after the battle
As someone who loves Lord of the rings, I did love looking into Bilbo's character and read about his character prior finding the ring and after that before thinking about the changes he went through up until the Lord of the Rings books started
Let me start off my review with saying that I admire that the author at the young age of 15 was able to get a book deal.she was able to accomplish wha...moreLet me start off my review with saying that I admire that the author at the young age of 15 was able to get a book deal.she was able to accomplish what many strive to do which is to write a book and get a book deal and for that I find her completely inspiration to young inspiring authors who doubt themselves.
I loved that the Main Characters are Emirati, which is something you see very rarely. World building is good but it wasn't explored as much as i would liked, all we've seen is the control room.
Character wise, I have to say that I liked the fact that Hamad is actually considered to be more of a main character than a side one and how much he and Maitha share a bond together. However his character does need some work that needs to be done in order to stand out, which I think is the problem with most of the characters in this book, they need an individual voice to them
At first I found Maitha slightly annoying but then I tended to forget that she is only 10 and therefore it was realistic that she acted the way that she did. I did find her too trusting however it could be a character flaw done very well or naivety which is apart of her character. I am hoping to see a lot of character development in the next book, especially Maitha seeing that she is thrown into this world and has seen pretty gruesome (and bloody) things happen in front of her. Not to mention she killed the villain (who I have the feeling is gonna come back in the next books for some reason) and because of.
Galagalent and Gustavio's characters and oddly enough Aunt Alyaa were characters I was curious about to know more about.
I am also very curious to see how the characters are going to start treating Galagalent after they found out about him and the villain; in that moment I would understand them wanting to rely on them but what he did could break a few trust bonds which could be very difficult to fix. I am curious to know the backstory of Aunt Alyaa and her brothers; I think exploring that could be something that would give all of the characters some depth.
I did like the fact that the Spells are actually in Arabic
I found the dialogue needs some work though since it didn't match some of the characters