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History, magic, and adventure collide in this riveting middle-grade fantasy novel about an unusual boy who unlocks an ancient relic - and with it, a forgotten world. Befriended by a band of young witches, Archibald Finch must quickly adapt to survive in Lemurea, where a battle born in the Middle Ages is still unfolding....

Archibald is a risk-averse boy with quirks that earn him plenty of eye-rolls, especially from his older sister, Hailee. Things get worse when his parents move the family from London to his grandmother’s creepy manor in the English countryside. Now he has to deal with hairless dolls in the library, weird stone creatures on the roof, and a spooky forest at the edge of the backyard. But these turn out to be the least of Archibald's problems....  

One day, as he's exploring the cavernous house, he finds a curious globe that whisks him away to a secret world, hidden for 500 years. Archibald finds himself on a thrilling adventure full of medieval magic, mysterious symbols, and the strangest beasts, while Hailee - who witnessed her brother’s disappearance - embarks on a daring quest to find him.

©2021 Michel Guyon (P)2021 Andrews McMeel Publishing

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Fantastic Story beautifully narrated!
Gripping from start to finish.
A must read for anyone who loves to get lost in a magical world.

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what a book

ok working while you listen to a good book is one thing but reading a fantastic book is another
loved this book

storyline and historic twists are excellent

memorable part was the Archibald and Parnell connection among plenty others

Steve Hendrickson did a fantastic job

can't wait for the next book on October

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  • Martin L. Shoemaker
  • 06-11-21

A really excellent part 1

To get this right up front: it wasn't clear from the description that this book is part 1, To Be Continued. That doesn't make it bad, but I think listeners have a right to know that it ends in the middle.

This is a middle-grade portal fantasy told in a tongue-in-cheek storyteller style like a toned-down Douglas Adams. You can see a bearded storyteller grinning at you in spots. The effect is old style but also very modern, firmly in the world of 2021. The narrator is brilliant, perfectly capturing the voice and drawing me in.

This story is something of a tongue-in-cheek anti-Potter. Archibald is a member of a mostly happy family: mom, dad, and squabbling older sister. He’s liked by all his teachers—but not by his classmates who resent how the teachers favor him. They also resent him because he seems to know everything without ever studying, causing teachers to promote him two years into his sister’s grade.

And they also resent him because he’s a bit of a cowardly brat. Not extremely so, but he’s no Harry Potter always doing the right thing. He prefers to eat nothing but candy. He hates his late grandmother for giving him that name. He disobeys sometimes. He’s a little afraid of the dark. He lies to cover his mistakes.

And despite orders to the contrary, he searches the 50+ room mansion they inherited from the grandmother, looking for Christmas presents his parents insist aren’t there. That’s how he finds and obsesses over an antique globe. He’s sure it’s his present, and he wants to figure out how it works. And that’s how he’s sucked into a parallel world populated by witches and the horrible monsters they fight. He must learn to be a monster fighter himself—while pretending to be a girl, because for secret reasons there are few men in this land.

Meanwhile Archibald's sister is the only person who saw him disappear and believes it wasn’t a natural event. She discovers that annoying as Archibald is, she loves him and she wants him home safe. She takes the globe to various antique shops, hoping someone can explain it—and she draws the attention of a mysterious, dangerous man who hopes to acquire the last globe (emphasis on last).

So this is two adventures, in parallel: Archibald's quest to survive and understand this strange world, and Hailey's quest to get him home. Both are engaging. Together they make a great book that will leave you eager for the next part.

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  • Pamela S McIntyre
  • 18-02-22

for the very young.

The narrator was the only reason I finished the book.
Good idea but choppy.