Amazon debut author, Jan Anderegg, introduces us to her fantasy novel, “JULU”:
There is a magical land just beyond our imaginations called Jirvania; where stories grow. Muse faeries gather ripened “story-pearls” and carry them to writers, musicians, and poets here in our world. In the heart of Jirvania stands The Great Library, where every story is collected by the library’s guardian, Karel. This library is a portal to other times and places where one can step into stories and experience them firsthand. Homework has never been such fun.
When eleven-year-old Jack Lemoine finds an opal dragon egg in Mystic, Connecticut, he discovers the real world is not what he thought.
Dragons, unicorns, faeries, centaurs, and countless others do exist. Unfortunately, so do witches, ogres, goblins, and monsters, and they want Jack dead, yesterday.
It has been prophesied he will one day save Jirvania, with the help of a magical opal dragon, Julu, but evil disrupts time itself, leading to the annihilation of Jirvania, seven years before Jack comes of age. Imagination ceases to exist. Libraries, art galleries, concert halls, and theme parks vanish. Our lives become meaningless and empty.
Jirvania's lone survivor, Karel receives a visitor from the stars, urging him to change the story.
Meanwhile, back in Mystic, Jack and his friend, Mia are thrown into a fantastical adventure when Julu hatches and takes them back in time to protect them.
Through her stories, they learn that family, friendship, and love are the threads that bind us together, no matter who or what we are and hope is often found in the most unexpected places.
Can Karel change the story and save our imaginations?
I love fantasy almost as much as science fiction and this delightful story incorporates both.
The author has created a fully living world that sits in an adjacent dimension to ours, and we need it so bad. Jirvania is the source of all artistic inspiration in our world and it is under the direst of threats.
I was so enthralled by Jan’s writing, I was reminded of one of my favorite stories, “The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe”.
Jan’s writing is exceptional; her scene-setting is exquisite, every bit is so easy to imagine. The dialogue flows smoothly and the action leaves little to be desired.
While this book is aimed at children, kids of all ages will love it, from nine to ninety.
I award a score of 4.9 stars to “JULU”.
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Tags: sword and sorcery, magic, time travel, dragon, music, poetry, art
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