The Storytellers Series books "Anterria" and "Atlantis", written by 20 yr old Rebecca McKinsey, weave a fantasy tale you won't be able to put down! This series follows 16 yr old Hannah Merchant. Hannah is what the author describes as a "storyteller", just learning about her creative abilities. Hannah loves books and has amassed many notebooks which she has filled with her own stories, poems and pictures. While attending a rather fancy formal party with her parent's, Hannah escapes off to spend time writing once again in her newest notebook. It is while writing in this notebook, that the Author leads us into a fantasy tale where Hannah meets the mysterious Aaron McKay. Together, Hannah and Aaron, take a train in the first book, through the multicolored stars to the tree top village of Anterria.
In her second book, Rebecca weaves another tale for Hannah and Aaron in which they take the train to the underwater city of Atlantis. Throughout both books these young "storytellers" search for the Keys to open the Door of Exile, so that the counselors of the ancient realm can be released, all while trying to stay one step ahead of the "Shadow" who is also looking for the keys.
This author is most definitely a wonderful storyteller herself! The Storytellers Series is an adventure series based on creativity and imagination, created as an encouragement toward reading for both children and parents. Although the books start slowly, I found that I enjoyed both books immensely! This is a series that must be read in the order written, as book one builds the scene for book two. One can see the subtle influences throughout the series of other great novel's such as Lord of the Rings, Avatar, and Dr. Who. This book however is quite able to stand on it's own! Written for teens this book would be well suited for those over 14 yrs of age as well as adults.
About the Author: Rebecca McKinsey is a 20 yr old novelist from the United States. As Rebecca learned to read, she found it opened new worlds and characters, along with their experiences. This discovery eventually led her to try her own hand at creating more defined stories. Rebecca wrote her first novel, Anterria in 2009, completing and self publishing it in 2010. The sequel "Atlantis" was written and self published in January 2012. About the same time Rebecca was writing Atlantis, she began an entirely new book, "Sydney West", publishing it in February 2012.
In the author's Third Book "Sydney West":
Sydney West meets a tall pale stranger who collapses in the middle of a busy college towns coffee shop, waking in the hospital as an amnesiac with impressive observation and memory skills, with an eccentricity to match. Inconsistencies and mystery build all around him as he tries to piece together his history, learning more about those around him on the way. Sydney West is a tale of mystery, suspicion, sarcasm, used books and Earl Grey tea. Sydney definitely marches to a different drummer than most with his feet taking him consistently to where he doesn't know he wants to be! It was written for an older audience (15+) and interest level than the Storytellers series, especially because of the college setting, but has also been enjoyed by younger readers that prefer mystery books. Sydney West would be a great addition to any high schooler or college students bookshelf.
*Parga's Junkyard received one copy of each book for the purposes of this review. Our thoughts are ours and ours alone. Our ideas may or may not be the same as yours. Identity Discovery has not read these books, but they look interesting and therefore I decided it was a good series to share with all of you.
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