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Tiger Kingdom & The Book of Destiny by Stacie Eirich, Illustrated by Suzanne Hunt
Middle age fantasy novel, Tiger Kingdom and the Book of Destiny, by Stacie Eirich, is a fun and fantastical journey that is sure to engage the young readers imagination.
Twins, Suzie and Jack, are transported through an enchanted drawing and find themselves in an unknown world, inhabited by strange talking creatures and ruled by a white tiger. The only other humans in this mysterious world are two other siblings, Liam and Elena, who have been lost in this fantasy world for some time. Like the twins, they also find themselves in the same predicament, stuck in a world they don’t understand yet are seemingly connected too, with no idea how to get home. The four set out on a quest that will hopefully ensure peace for the kingdom and a way home for all of them.
Eirich has created a world rich in vibrancy and characters that are likable and relevant. Written for a younger audience, the prose is simple and the storyline moves at a quick pace, keeping the reader engaged. Filled with fantastical birds, a little green dragon, and regal tigers, the story entices the readers imagination and awe in the characters adventures.
Each chapter has a unique poem at the beginning and little illustrations throughout, both of which enhance the chapter content. These unexpected inclusions, promote Eirich’s unique stylized writing and her interesting approach to a fantasy genre propagated to a younger audience. The storyline seems to move through a dreamy state which either foreshadows the series ending or enhances the series “Dream Chronicle” moniker.
Tiger Kingdom and the Book of Destiny is the first book in the Dream Chronicle series and is a short, quick, and easy read, both satisfying in content, and storyline for the age group intended. Although it ends without much fanfare or an intriguing cliffhanger, I suspect that book two may make up for it with an interesting and possibly dangerous adventure in the “villains” homeland. I also hope that the backstories of Liam and Elena are explored, as their presence in this world prior to the twin’s appearance provokes a multitude of questions.
The book is a great start to what could be an entertaining middle grade series, perfect for fans of the Chronicles of Narnia, the Land of Stories series, or anyone who enjoys getting lost in fantastical worlds full of exciting adventures and delightful characters.
on October 7, 2017
Tiger Kingdom is a fun read that I picked up first for myself, and now I’m letting my children enjoy the work. Eirich does a wonderful job of merging fantasy and reality to create an exciting world for her readers. I enjoyed the ‘twin’ aspect in the novel. Even through there is a dream-like quality to the book, having a sibling makes it somehow more real and substantial for me, and I enjoyed the thought that this wonderful magical adventure could take place instead of just being in Suzie’s imagination. Jack also made the adventure seem somehow safer and put me more at ease with Suzie’s journey to another land where dangers do exist. Our family will look forward to the continuing saga of the Dream Chronicles.
My love for reading is rooted in fanciful tales, such as my very favorite, Alice in Wonderland. So when I say this has a fantastical quality I mean that as a high complement. There were so many little things about this tale that spoke to my inner child. The opening of each chapter was written in poetic prose, setting the scene and giving a clue as to what was in store for the twins, Suzie and Jack. Even beyond that opening there appears to be careful thought to the melodic tone that gives the entire book a dreamy quality.
I was really taken by the world created, tigers have always been special to me, so it was easy to sink into a world ruled by the majestic creatures. It moved at a fast pace, filled with adventure and action that will hold the attention of the target audience. The magic aspects were fascinating and I look forward to learning more about what awaits Suzie and Jack. I found the end a touch abrupt, even so I would still seek out and read the next part, and recommend it for readers of all ages.
What a fun, quick, and entertaining story! I am a huge fan of fairytales, and Tiger Kingdom and the Book of Destiny was a wonderful adventure to read. The story begins with Suzie being awoken by the sounds of tigers rushing in the streets. Was it a dream? Had the tigers escaped from the circus in town? From the very first page, you are whisked along on a fast-paced ride, following the adventures of Suzie and her twin brother, Jack.
The chapters were quite short, but they were packed with details and wonderful descriptions of the world that Suzie and Jack find themselves in. I love fast-paced books, and this story kept me turning the pages, but it ended so quickly. I do wish the story was a bit longer, stretching out the tale so that I could have had more time in the world of the Tiger Kingdom. The poems at the end of the book were a nice surprise, as were the illustrations!
Tiger Kingdom and the Book of Destiny was an enjoyable read, and I will definitely read more stories from this author.
5 out of 5 stars Take a journey, dream, be delighted
on January 9, 2017
I recommend this book to anyone who wants to be inspired, uplifted, encouraged.
If you love poetic takes on love, the erotic, introspection and perspective on the world, this collection is most definitely for you.I look forward to reading more.
One of the poems that caught my eye was Ocean’s Pearl: “I put all my shells back, keep this one pearl, all I need, to remember the beauty of the ocean”.I’m excited to see what else the author will produce; I highly recommend this wonderful collection!
Overall Thoughts on the Collection
I like when I can read another’s work and not only be entertained but enlightened in some way. An author’s wisdom often comes through the lines of a character – or in this case from the poets’s pen. There were some wonderful insights throughout the work. Particular favourites were the Journey of the Reader and Life as a Stage. These echoed the sentiments I felt about the same journey and struck a chord. To quote Eirich,
On my stage, I can only
go forward, I can only
until I reach perfection
only then does the applause come.
This is a wonderful sentiment of how many writers, poets and people would surely feel about the journey. For me and my craft, it couldn’t be more apt. Tender and moving, artful and sometimes whimsical, I know the poetry enthusiast will enjoy Space to Dream.
Into The Light: Poems by Stacie Eirich
4 out of 5 Stars Inspirational and thought-provoking
on August 8, 2016
This collection of poems is a reflection of a young girls dreams. I say this because the images used are rainbows, unicorns, fairies, etc. They are good poems expressive of the uncertainty that accompanies a young age. I enjoyed reading them. The images have their own grace and peace.
I don’t usually read poetry, but I seemed to get along with this book. The poems themselves were well written. Each had a different meaning, a different purpose, but at the end of the day they told the same story.
She talked about the world in general, and the things she would do to save it. There was a mixture of fantasy and reality with each of the 16 poems that this book holds.I enjoyed it for what it was, and took in every word.