Katie is a young girl barely in her teens with a troubled past she struggles to overcome. When she runs away, searching for the peace of mind and safety that has eluded her, she finds shelter in The Enchanted Woods, where she encounters Angelina, a beautiful elf with a similar history. Together they embark on a quest for the Jewels of Kidron, accompanied by a young gypsy boy named Trek and a griffin named Laren. Will Katie and Angelina find the jewels and the peace they seek to overcome their past? Will they find their way home?
Jewels of Kidron is a marvelous tale of magical realism. The reader is swept along with the two young girls as they search for the strength to use their voices to change their worlds, a journey that shapes and transforms them. Author Susan Miner’s novel of hopelessness, danger, and courage will keep engaged until the very last page.
For all ages, but especially for readers ages 10 through 17
Susan Miner is an author, interior designer, innkeeper, farmer, wife, and mother in a small Colorado mountain town. She can most often be found in her writing haven, where the next volumes in the Jewels series have already begun to reveal their secrets. Jewels of Kidron is her first novel.
“At first glance, Katie and Angelina couldn’t be more different. Katie is a human girl living in a group home for abused children after her boyfriend abused her. Angelina is an elf who runs away from home to get away from her abusive father but ends up trapped in the Enchanted Woods. Despite coming from such different backgrounds, their trauma provides them with a shared desire for safety and stability. When Katie herself is fleeing her abuser and somehow finds her own way into the Enchanted Woods, she and Angelina must work together to make their way home, but not before finding a pair of legendary diamonds known as the Jewels of Kidron. Though Katie thought Angelina was a figment of her imagination only days prior, she quickly learns that there is more to her world than she thought.
Underneath the mysterious canopy of the Enchanted Woods, where magical miracles occur, and griffons roam the skies, there is still a relatable human element to the primary antagonists of this tale that readers will quickly latch onto. Angelina and Katie both desperately want to return to imperfect worlds because of their familiarity, but the quest before them teaches them confidence in themselves and gives them hope in the path forward. Miner’s tale of magical realism, with its inherent fantasy elements, expertly explores real-life situations of abuse and trauma, leaving the readers both grounded and imaginative, sympathetic and curious. Regardless of the reader’s age or background, there is a depth and emotional honesty to this story that is magnetic. For as fantastic as the jewels and the journey may be, it’s difficult to come away from even the first chapters not rooting for Katie and Angelina to find what they’re really looking for deep down.” Book Review by Michael Radon, US Review of Books
Paperback, 304 pages
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