Through mysterious woods filled with dwarves, elves, and wood
spirits, Zandria must journey to save her mother from a crystal
prison. Alone with only her horse Tihi, Zandria is sent on the
dangerous mission by her sister, Queen Olena. Can Zandria free
her mother and discover who is behind her mother's disappearance?
Will she know whom she can trust along the way?
The Lost Queen is the second book in The Empyrical Tales
fantasy series, written by Mark Miller. Mr. Miller focuses on writing
stories with strong, positive female characters for his daughters.
This paperback book is 194 pages long and is written for girls
in the 9-13 age range, but it would appeal to the whole family
as a read-aloud. This is not specifically a Christian book, but
it is a family-friendly series.
I'm not a fan of the fantasy genre anymore, though I did enjoy
it when I was younger. I struggled to really get into the story
of The Lost Queen, as it seemed to move slowly at first.
There were so many characters and references to previous events
that I was often confused, since I had not read the first book
in the series. Eventually, I did find myself assimilated into the
story and hoping for Zandria to succeed.
Despite my initial unenthusiastic reaction to the book, my 11-year-old
daughter enjoyed reading it. She was drawn into the story much
more quickly than I was and devoured it with her usual passion.
Unlike many serial books, The Lost Queen has a satisfying
conclusion, without cliffhangers and unanswered questions. It doesn't
leave you wondering what happens in a future book, but I definitely
believe the story would make more sense to someone who had already
read the first book.
As with other fantasy books, some families will object to the
references to magic, crystals, dragons, dwarves, elves, talking
horses, and unicorns. This is a classic good vs. evil story, and
the two are clearly differentiated. There is no cursing or inappropriate
material in the book. The violence and fighting is not gruesome,
and the tiny bit of romance is age-appropriate and clean.
Though The Lost Queen didn't appeal to my own style
preferences, it is a good book for preteen girls who enjoy the
fantasy genre. The characters are appealing, and the story is uplifting.
My daughter would enjoy reading the rest of The Empyrical Tales