REVIEW of TWOSPELLS by Mark Morrison
SUMMARY (from the publisher)
Sarah and her twin brother Jon are heirs to an ancient magical realm and its most valuable treasure, an enchanted library. The library endows readers with the supernatural means of crossing into the uncharted inner-sanctum of the second dimension, inhabited with peculiar and sometimes perilous creatures.
The children are emboldened with a wondrous mystical gift that no other being has ever possessed. But fate intervenes and triggers a disastrous inter-dimensional war that disrupts the fabric of time and space spanning multiple universes, tearing destiny a new and savage pathway.
The two must rescue their world from a phantom hybrid alien race controlled by a demented dark-wizard, Jeremy Sermack. They will either assimilate or be exterminated.
Will they be the saviors the prophets spoke of, or will they retreat to the perceived safety of their distant homeland?
I enjoy books that introduce me to new places, and this is a fantasy novel that is grounded in some actual places as well as some fantastical ones. At the beginning of the story, twins Sarah and Jon are traveling with their parents in Wales to visit their grandparents. The parents are interesting and engaged with their children, the kinds of parents all of us want to be. Sarah and Jon have interesting, individual personalities right from the start. The descriptions of their conversations and the countryside are unique and fun.
The protagonists soon learn that they have access to a magical library, and that's when the action really picks up. Readers find themselves jumping into and out of books along with Sarah and Jon, and the intensity makes for a great page turner. They encounter all kinds of creatures, from werewolves and dragons to zombies and ninjas.
Although Sarah is hesitant at the beginning of the story to accept the existence of mythical creatures, seeing is truly believing, and she soon embraces her role as rescuer of her world. Can these twins live up to the prophecies that have been told about them?
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