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Kingdom Above the Cloud

(Tales from Adia #1)

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What if the nine Fruit of the Spirit and the Seven Deadly Sins were locked in a battle for control?

Abandoned as infants, Tovi and her twin brother were raised by an eclectic tribe of warm, kind people in a treehouse village in the valley. After her brother’s sudden disappearance Tovi questions her life and her faith in an invisible King. Ignoring her best friend Silas’ adv
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Paperback, 295 pages
Published April 17th 2020 by Ambassador International
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Jypsy
May 15, 2020 rated it really liked it
Thank you Fantastic Flying Fiction for a complimentary copy. I voluntarily reviewed this book. All opinions expressed are my own.

Kingdom Above The Cloud
By: Maggie Platt


REVIEW ☆☆☆☆
Kingdom Above The Cloud is an allegorical fantasy story and is truly unique. Allegory often refers to religion, and in this case, Christianity is not specifically named but is implied in numerous ways. The heroine, Tovi, is a confused lost young woman. She knows nothing of her parentage, her brother is missing, and s
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Lisa  (Bookworm Lisa)
Kingdom Above the Clouds features a complex society. The book starts off a little slow as the culture and people are introduced. It picks up speed as Tovi is introduced to the kingdom above the clouds. There she finds all kinds of vices and depravity.

She is forced to decide if she believes in the creator of their world or if she wishes to follow the beliefs of the King and look at greed and fulfilling your desires as the proper way to live. She is torn because she feels as if she has been aband
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Sheila Goicea
I'm excited to be a part of the KINGDOM ABOVE THE CLOUD blog tour with The Fantastic Flying Book Club from May 14th - May 20th, 2020!

I received a copy of this book via Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. Thank you! In no way does this affect my rating or review.

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Kingdom Above the Cloud is a unique find in the current Young Adult fantasy genre. Beautifully allegorical, this story is inspired from the
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LAWonder10
May 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Kingdom Above the Cloud is a story of twins raised by a couple from their infancy. Their next door neighbor is a boy about the same age and is best friends with the boy. The man died and the twin boy disappeared and his twin sister struggles with a myriad of questions. Her brother's best friend tries to be a loyal friend, but she rejects his many efforts to show his support and desire s for her to trust him.

The twin girl extensively searches for her brother until, one day, a stranger befriends h
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Rose (Adventurous Bookworm)
I was unsure if I would like this at first after a large cast of characters were introduced in the first couple of chapters, but I came to really like the uniqueness of the story and was even able to keep the characters straight.
5 stars
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher. All thoughts are my own and a positive review was not required.
Angela Walker
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
This fantasy story was better than I was expecting. The characters are human but with different eye and hair coloring than typical and I was a little slow to catch on if or why that was important. Set in both the kingdoms above (Mount Damien) and below (Adia) the clouds with different cultures and aspirations. Both kingdoms were created by the same person, an ever elusive Adwin.

The traits the people of Mount Damien strive to achieve are: power, perfection, adoration, prosperity, pleasure, wisdom
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Lauriane (L.M. Durand)
May 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ya-fantasy
Kingdom Above The Cloud has been a pleasant read. It took me a few chapters to get into the story, but it's mainly because there are quite a few characters introduced at once. It takes a bit to get everything moving, but when it does, the story turns into a great adventure. I would say halfway through the book, it picks up because the mystery unfolds, which makes it nice to read about.

If you are religious, the story can make it or break it. I'm completely impartial to it and personally read it a
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Laura Waxman
Nov 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I was intrigued by a fantasy/epic young adult fiction coming from a faith based perspective. When I first started reading it as an ebook, I felt the beginning was rather slow. But when I had the book in my hands and started it over, I didn’t feel that way. Was it because I knew where the first quarter of the book was heading? Perhaps. Either way, you might feel that as well, but it picks up quickly. I really enjoyed the characters Silas (he has my heart forever), Eryx and Xanthe. Damien is one t ...more
Grace
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
As a reader who typically stays far away from fantasy and even further from Christian fantasy, I was surprised and delighted by this book. The world is totally unique but also reminiscent of the Hunger Games and Divergent, and I got completely drawn into it. There were twists and turns and surprised and revelations, and I was totally hooked through the whole thing. Best of all, I felt my faith was encouraged by the message of the book; there were so many beautiful and uplifting quotes and messag ...more
Gayatri Saikia   | per_fictionist

won't be rating this one because I purely read it as a YA fantasy and although I enjoyed the different themes at play and the allegory to stories from the Bible but on the other hand the characterization was noticeably underwhelming and I couldn't fall in love with Platt's writing either.

I think it'd be best if read by people belonging to the religion or/and having prior knowledge of the stories that the tales were inspired from.
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Coco.V
Jul 13, 2020 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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Marlene
Apr 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Fantasy with a touch of allegory. It had my attention from the beginning. A girl who knows nothing of her family, missing her brother, full of questions about everything, conflicting emotions. The character off Tovi is convinced to leave all that is familiar for the hope of love and answers to questions that she has. As she experiences new things, there is more questions about what is true and what is lies. Really enjoyed it.
Suzie Waltner
May 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
In the first book in Maggie Platt’s Tales from Adia series, the author spends the first several chapters setting the scenes and introducing many of the characters (aka world building). While that makes the book seem like it’s moving somewhat slowly at first, it quickly picks up as the reader connects with Tovi, Silas, and more.

There is so much symbolism and many faith lessons sprinkled throughout this story. From the temptation of sin and how easy it is to give in to it, to free will, to God’s s
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Kayla E.  Green
Jul 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Maggie Platt's debut novel Kingdom Above the Cloud (ISBN: 978-1-62020-588-4) is a beautifully constructed story that reminds readers that they are worthy of God's love. I finished this book in three days, and would have finished it even sooner if life had allowed it. Maggie Platt just might be my new favorite author, and I wait with much anticipation for Book Two of Tales From Adia.

Kingdom Above the Cloud opens with King Damien, an evil king obsessed with painted prophecies and destroying Adwin
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Gretchen Taylor
Apr 14, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved the concept of this book (What if the nine Fruit of the Spirit and the Seven Deadly Sins were locked in a battle for control?) but was worried that the book might not live up to such a lofty concept. However, this book definitely exceeded my expectations! After a few chapters, I found myself drawn into the world that Maggie writes about. I could easily imagine the treetop houses of Adia to the beautiful houses on the mountain, and it's easy to see the appeal of both worlds. I love the Ad ...more
Jasmine
Will her search for answers lead only to danger?

I picked up Kingdom Above The Cloud just because of the first line of the back cover blurb. The idea of the Fruits Of The Spirit battling it out with the Seven Deadly Sins in a fantasy world intrigued me. I do have to say right off that this story was, at least to me, a little more on the allegory side than the fantasy side. I'm one of those people who has a hard time picking up on allegory in a book but Maggie Platt's writing style is such that I
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Zoe L.
May 19, 2020 added it
Kingdom Above the Cloud is one of those achingly beautifully written stories. You’re just immediately taken into the story and the writing is so intricately beautiful that you instantly fall in love. Plus there is a lot of world building, and if you know me you know I salivate at the thought of that. I blame it on my love for Lord of the Rings. This is definitely a story that is going to make you think about how we grow as a person.

Now, this book is listed as an allegorical fantasy. And, if you’
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Megan Henderson
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Once I started this book, it took me several chapters to get acquainted with all of the characters and to fully understand and start to picture the setting in my own mind. After these first few chapters, I was hooked. I read this book all in one day, finding it impossible to put down. If you don’t read between the lines this is a lovely and captivating story about Tovi, going on the journey of a lifetime to find her twin brother, Tali, and determine what she wants for herself and her life. Howev ...more
Karley Conklin
May 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
In this engaging YA fantasy, Platt explores themes of doubt, faith, and identity through relatable characters in a unique world.

The world-building of the story creates a unique setting full of beauty. From houses in the tree tops, to a golden-roofed city, to the vibrant forest in between, the landscape is captivating from start to finish.

The characters deal with doubt and faith, trust and deception, and issues of identity that are relatable to most any reader. Their inner struggles hold as much
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Yakira Goldsberry
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Tovi Tivka is an innocent young woman who longs for answers. Answers about her past, her brother, and who the mysterious Adwin is. And when a mysterious man shows up and tells her that all of her answers can be found on Mount Damien, home of the king, she jumps at the chance.

Things are quickly turned on their heads as Tovi is exposed to a whole new, dangerous world. Platt weaves with the world with allegorical finesse, teaching valuable lessons along the way.

Kingdom Above the Cloud was a quick a
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Robin
Mar 03, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Oh, my gosh! What a great book! If you love allegorical fantasy, you won't be disappointed with this one, so don't pass up a chance to read it.

This book is the first in a series or set so there /is/ a cliff hanger. I don't usually read series books unless I'm certain I can get the following books fairly quickly, or at least have the certainty that the author is working on them and will be publishing them. I won this one in a contest and wasn't sure what to expect. I'm happy to say I was very sa
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BookObsessWithJess
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I went in to this read without any expectations or knowledge of what the book was truly about, other than having read the synopsis.

I was so pleasantly surprised!
This book definitely seems to be based on the belief of Christianity. Tovi struggles internally whether she believes in her higher being or whether she would rather give in to what the King above the cloud offers and forget her God.

I have not read many religious books in my time other than the Bible, 90 minutes in Heaven, 23 minutes in h
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Elizabeth Turnbull
Apr 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The idea behind this book is so different from anything I have read, it was so refreshing! I was a little weary of Christian Fantasy, because it is different from what I usually read, and Christian books can get a little too cheesy for my taste, BUT this book had me hooked from the very first page. The detailed descriptions and intriguing plot transported me to a completely different world, and I couldn't put the book down. I also fell in love with the characters and missed them once the book wa ...more
Margaret Hardy
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Because this was my first experience with Christian fantasy, I really did not know what to expect. This book, however, provided a welcome distraction in chaotic times, offering respite from the pandemic's anxieties and disruptions.
The story flows easily, the characterizations are good, the descriptions sharp and the questions Tovi, the main character, faces are universal: What do I believe? How can I believe in something or someone that I cannot see? What do my beliefs mean for my life and the w
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Jane
May 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: young-adult, fantasy
Maggie Platt has crafted a well-written allegory. Kingdom Above the Cloud is a story that shows Silas’ love for his people in much the same way God shows His love for us - even when we rebel against His ways and view ourselves as unlovable. Through the character of Damien, the story also illustrates how Satan tries to deceive and tempt people to follow his ways Platt goes an excellent job with characterization - there are characters to love and characters to hate. There are fantasy elements in t ...more
Charity Rau
May 15, 2020 rated it liked it
It took me a little bit to get into the book, and I think that was because there were so many characters to keep track of from the start. Once I got into the book, I enjoyed it.

The whole concept is unique. It’s not the same old thing you see in every YA book, and I liked that. I also liked the symbolic way the author used hair/eye coloring. You can see Tovi’s growth throughout the story which I think helps the reader connect with her. There’s a whole cast of unique characters, but there were so
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Santana Saunders
Jul 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book! It’s everything that I love about fantasy and dystopia! She dropped me into the beautiful land of Adia and Mount Damian. I never wanted to leave!

This is the story of Tovi and her twin brother who live in a valley village amongst the people who fled Mount Damian to follow their leader, Adwin. When her brother disappears her faith is shook. Meanwhile, King Damian believes she is a threat to his throne, so he sends out his best and brightest to bring her to him.

The characters are human
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Vickie
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love all the imagination throughout this story. Adia sounds like a great place to live. It was fun to follow Tovi through all of her adventures. The fantastical places in the story were interesting and great to hold the attention of the reader.
The characters are all well-developed and were great to get to know. It is easy to feel their emotions.
The story flows well from chapter to chapter and is easy to follow along.
I highly recommend this story to other readers who enjoy a great adventure.
Carolyn
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book reminds me of Narnia meets Hunger Games! So much mystery, a secret prophecy, a hidden identity... all placed in two contrasting settings straight from the author's imagination. The symbolism and allegory made me look at the stuff of life in a new way. It took me a few chapters to get into it because there were so many characters with unusual characteristics to follow, but as I went on, I was enthralled by each of them. Bravo, Maggie Platt! I am looking forward to the next piece of the ...more
Greg
Jun 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
FULL DISCLOSURE: I worked with the author many summers ago.

With that said, what a wonderful read! Christian contemporary fiction is a difficult genre to begin...Christian fantasy even more so. How do you transmit concepts of sin, sacrifice, and redemption in Christian theology without coming off preachy? Ms. Platt found a way and nails it with this novel. Although the beginning chapters take some time for world-building and character development, the last quarter of the book flies by with action
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