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Great character and enjoyable mythology in this short story for middle grade

  • Feb 13, 2013
You don’t have to read the first two parts of the Tale of Four Wizards to enjoy this short story. Author Dianne Lynn Gardner has an enviable skill for recapping what’s passed while telling the natural musings of her characters. Young Kaempie set out with the other three wizards in Silvio but was separated from his friends as he tried to take care of Meneka. Now he’s alone. His younger friend may be trapped, tortured or dead, and Kaempie heads off valiantly to find him.
The realm of these wizards reveals new secrets in this tale. Roots of the feud between Kaemperns and Meneks become clearer, but readers following the Ian’s Realm series will wonder at curious connections between worlds and the possibilities of more. Certainly I’m wondering.
A beautiful short story in its own right, Kaempie adds an enjoyable depth of history to Ian’s Realm. A short fun read with swords, sorcery, wizards, ships, dragons and more, it’s highly recommended for middle-grad readers (and parents and grandparents too).

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Sheila Deeth ()
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Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
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The series A Tale of the Four Wizards-Patriarchs of the Realm tells the magic and the myth of the cultures of The Realm in the Ian's Realm Saga. I think you'll find these short and easy to read stories great as stand alone fables, but if you're reading the Ian's Realm Saga they carry some subtle "gems " that weave their way into Realm!
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