Following their adventures in Aedyn, Peter and Julia have had a somewhat difficult time adjusting to their new family life. Their father remarried a woman with two children and unfortunately, the family dynamics are strained. Neither Peter nor Julia like their stepmom or new siblings and the feeling is mutual. As a result a few days into Christmas break, Peter and Julia decide they would rather spend their remainder of the holidays with their grandparents in Oxford. However, shortly after leaving their home, they're called again to Aedyn, but this time they aren't alone. Their stepsister Louisa is also taken with them, which makes for a most unpleasant time for Peter and Julia. In the second book of The Aedyn Chronicles, the Grant children are once again called to help the people of Aedyn remember the Lord of Hosts and return to Him.
Those who have read the Narnia series will definitely find some similarities between Prince Caspian, Voyage of the Dawn Treader and Flight of the Outcasts. This book finds the Grant children struggling with being ordinary citizens in their own world while adjusting to their new blended family. Louisa is very much Eustace in this story, but instead of traveling the ocean looking for seven lords, the Grant children are trying to help the people of Aedyn who have forgotten their God and are now held as captives. Obviously both Lewis and McGrath books were inspired by the biblical account of Moses and the children of Israel being held captive by harsh Egyptian rulers. However, while Lewis' Prince Caspian is subtle in its presentation, McGrath lays it out very clearly for the reader.
I enjoyed this second book in The Aedyn Chronicles. It's a fast book to read. The story moves at a quick pace that will easily keep children interested. There are some good chase scenes and though short, several tense situations. Once again the illustrations are well done and add a nice touch to the overall story.
Children probably will not care as much as I do, but I wish this series was more different than the Narnia books. With them being similar, I do compare between the two series and the Narnia books win. Some of that is for sentimental reasons, but most of it is from simply enjoying how Lewis wove his themes into his stories. I can spend hours dissecting The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe with my children, but that's not the case with this series. Don't misunderstand me. The Aedyn Chronicles are fun stories that keep a child's attention, but they don't leave as much room to challenge kids to dig deeper into the story.
Like the first book in this series, Flight of the Outcasts is a sweet story that teaches good values and strengthens faith. For children who love whimsical, fantasy tales, this is a good choice.
Review title provided courtesy of Zondervan.
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Melissa Willis (MeliWillis)
A little bit about me. I read primarily Christian fiction. My favorites are suspense, with supernatural elements always being a plus. I most enjoy books that will keep me thinking well after I'm done … more
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In the second book, which draws on the biblical story of the Babylonian exile, Alexander hears his name being called once more and he returns to Eden, which is now derelict, deserted, and spoiled. The Lion King tells Alexander how Eden was invaded and its inhabitants deported to a distant city. Alexander is asked to rescue the Lion King's people from exile. Again, Alexander passes himself off as the ambassador of a great nation, and by a series of shrewd strategies, he persuades the great king of another empire to invade the captors and set the cats free. In triumph, Alexander leads the cats back to Eden, where they rebuild the great castle and walls, culminating in the Lion King returning to Eden.