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Hamelin Stoop: The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna

Children/Young Adult; Sci-Fi/Fantasy/Horror; (Market)

Hamelin's story began when he was found as a newborn in a tomato crate on the stoop of an orphanage in west Texas. Hamelin's first adventures with the Great Eagle led him through the mysterious cave and finally, across the footbridge. He has learned that his quest to find his parents and learn his true identity will not be quickly done or easy to fulfill. The Great Eagle leads him through the dangerous Waters of Death and Life and into the Land of Gloaming, where Hamelin is thrown into the midst of a war already being waged between the evil Chimera and the mysterious Ancient One. He must help two new friends find a kidnapped princess and recover a stolen jewel, tasks for which they have special gifts that must not be misused; a scarf of sight, shoes of speed, and a sword of death. But these quests are only part of the larger story, a story including Chimera's plan to use Hamelin -- a child of two realms -- to seize the kingdoms on both sides of the Atrium of the Worlds.
Plot/Idea: 7 out of 10
Originality: 5 out of 10
Prose: 10 out of 10
Character/Execution: 7 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10


Plot: The plot is paced well and never slows down. There are a lot of engaging and well developed scenes here, though the protagonists face little real difficulty in their various tasks, which blunts the impact of their victories.

Prose/Style: This novel is engagingly well-written, with appropriate language for the target audience. The prose is easy to follow and great fun to read.

Originality: Despite the inventive premise and gratifying story arc, many aspects of this novel align with genre conventions. Nevertheless, this sequel broadens the narrative premise established in the first book; those familiar with the previous work will be particularly eager to see where the fantasy adventure takes them next.

Character Development: The characters have distinct personalities and abilities. They are well defined, though they come across as somewhat older than they are in terms of tone and language usage, an incongruity that can impact the work's authenticity.

Date Submitted: August 27, 2019

Jim Parker

The Lost Princess and the Jewel of Periluna is a work in the tradition of C.S. Lewis' Narnia Chronicles and the Curdie books of George MacDonald. Robert Sloan has produced a riveting fantasy that grabs you in the first chapter and won't let go until the last -- and leaves you eager to read the next Hamelin Stoop volume. The book imaginatively uses mythopoeic distinctives of a morally charged subcreation, but perhaps its greatest strength is that it tells an exciting story that will fully hold the attention of older children and adults.

Journey of a Bookseller

Hamelin really wants to find his parents but his guides on his quest tell him he has other things he has to do that take more priority than that.  He listens and follows their guidance.  He meets a young man looking for a jewel, a princess that is looking for her sister, and he gets a pair of gloves that give him strength and more.  Off they go...

12 Gates Publishing sent me a copy of this book to read for review (thank you).  It has been published so you can buy a copy now.

This is a middle grade adventure that contains bits of magic and interesting beasts and plenty of danger.  This is the second book in the series and the pace picks up here.

Hamelin needs his eagle friend to get where he needs to go and to give him hints on how to handle the next crisis.  Sometimes he's there and sometimes he's not.  Hamelin has his gloves, his male friend has shoes that help him walk faster and hold him secure on the ground, and the princess has a scarf that lets her see far away.  With those tools, they have a chance of saving the princess and the jewel.  The man who has her isn't willing to give her up, though.

There are clashes, attempts at murder and more but they persist and are rewarded.  The next story will probably cover the attempt for Hamelin to be rejoined with his parents.  However, the captor has learned he's alive and he has other plans for him...

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