Starting right where book one ended, with young Alexander missing in action, his talking frog friend distraught, and the world about to fall apart, Elizabeth Parkinson-Bellows’ second Azra’s Pith book brings the hero’s rather distant father into sharper focus, proving he does in fact love his son. But a lot of faith and trust will be needed before Alexander and the kingdom can be saved.
General Drake didn’t plan to return to this mystical world where he once lost so much. He’s doing fine in the real world and his son must surely be safe at his grandmother’s house. But now the General finds himself called back, a long-lost leader for an army that’s learned to live without him. Will resentment or wisdom win the day? Will good sense or folly follow Alexander’s footsteps? And, when a new small army is raised, will a young boy lead them too?
The path is planned and the journey set, but it takes a lot of faith to believe things will work out, and a good dose of human kindness to reach the right result. Alexander learns a strength he didn’t know he possessed. His father relearns the bravery he once know, recognizing on the way that love once lost still rests in the loved one’s heart.
Nicely told and gently mystical with a pleasing sense of humor and a nice cast of brave and valiant children as well as talking animals, this is a fun second book in the series and an enjoyable read for middle-grade students.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel to accompany the author’s visit to my blog.
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