Thursday, December 17, 2015

Book Review: The Worlds Traveler by M.L. Roble

The Worlds Traveler (The Hidden Gifted Book 2)

By M.L. Roble
Publisher: M.L. Roble
Published: Dec. 1, 2015

Amazon Synopsis:

From award-winning author M.L. Roble comes a story about a boy, his map, and an adventure. 

Life on the run from madman Martin Reimer gets in the way of everything. 

For fourteen-year-old Phillip, it has meant having to stay hidden, unable to use his gift of moving through maps to search for his missing father. But the arrival of a stranger named Delroy brings unexpected opportunity, for Delroy is a man with the ability to travel worlds hidden within our own, and he was sent by Phillip's father. Now Phillip will do everything he can to find his dad, even if it means tricking Delroy into helping him, or a quest through those hidden worlds. 

Even if leaving home means Martin can now find him. 

Follow in the adventures of Phillip Stone and Natalie Bristol in this sequel to the award-winning book The Magician's Doll!

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My Thoughts:

When I first picked up this book, I felt like I had been dropped into the middle of something that had started without me. It was only later that I discovered that this was the second book of a series. There was no indication on the cover that this was part of a series. I should have read the synopsis more closely.

I was intrigued with the idea of being able to travel to different parts of the world through the use of a map. However, that wasn’t the only gift that fourteen-year-old Phillip had. Phillip’s missing father sends Delroy, a man whose gift is to be able to “travel worlds hidden within our own”. These two are joined with Phillip’s friend Natalie and set off to do all they can to stay out of the madman Martin’s hands and find Phillip’s father.

I found some of the worlds that Delroy was able to travel to very interesting, except for one which had the feel of the occult to me as our three heroes were speaking with people who were in a world where they were ”living until they decided to move on,” but were actually dead in our own world. There may be some people who feel strongly enough about this that they would not choose to purchase the book for their children.

The rest of the worlds had interesting creatures, some friendly, some dangerous, but all very interesting. The twists and turns in the story helped to develop and mature the characters of Phillip and Natalie.

The story moves at a fairly moderate pace and holds the reader’s attention quite well. The World’s Traveler is the second book in this series. I gave this book a rating of 3 stars out of 5.

Thank you to the publishers via NetGalley for providing the book in exchange for a fair and honest review. A positive opinion was not required. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

M. L. Roble's desire to write a children's novel stems from the nostalgia of her own middle grade reading years where she first experienced books like "The Chronicles of Narnia" and "The Shattered Stone". There have been different books and genres since, but those years fueled an enchantment with story that continues to this day.

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