Critique: The third and deftly crafted title in author Jeanna Kunce's simply outstanding Darien series for young readers 8-12, "Darien and the Moonlight Well" will prove to be an immediate and enduringly popular addition to middle school and community library collections and personal reading lists.
Long and long ago, three close friends—ruler, healer, and sorceress—led the kingdom of Telinoria in harmony. An age of prosperity and peace had begun. But it was not to last. A scheming baron by the name of Radburn set diabolical plans in motion and threatened to destroy everything the trio had built, including their friendship. Now, Darien’s own relationship problems with her cousin Emily are an unwelcome interruption from her mission to learn more about the secretive Miss Millie. Trapped together, the two girls unexpectedly become witnesses to pivotal events in Telinorian history. As the tale unfolds, will Darien finally discover the truth about her mysterious neighbor and the lady’s role in Telinoria’s tumultuous past? Can she overcome her resentments to find the patience she needs to repair the rift between herself and her cousin? Immerse yourself in the legends of old as Darien beholds the rise of a great evil, glimpses the wonder and intrigue of castle life, experiences a friend’s tragic loss, and searches for the elusive answers she so desperately desires.
Midwest Book Review