Hi, lovelies! I’m back for a Christmas Eve book review, and I have the perfect one for all of you fantasy lovers. If you’ve not already heard of it, it’s my pleasure to introduce you to Jon Herrara’s Emma and the Minotaur, the first book in his World of Light fantasy trilogy. You’ve already heard me rave about it on Twitter, but here is my review in full. Trust me when I say you’ll want these books.
I’m a sucker for fantasy novels, so I was really intrigued when I first learned of Mr. Herrera’s novels. Trust me when I say I wasn’t disappointed. I’m not going rehash the synopsis for you, but I was really hooked into Emma’s story from early on as she and her friend ,Jake, and brother ,Will, search for people who mysteriously go missing after being lured into a nearby forest with beautiful music. I was so hooked by the plot that I stayed up several hours and finished it in one go. Yep, it’s that good.
Those of you who love classic fantasy will find nods to Lord of the Rings with orcs, goblins, etc, and a mysterious Lord of Light whose story somewhat reminded me of Sauron. Emma is on the quest to save her world, chosen at birth by the trees that remind me of the Ents from Tolkien’s work from the Lord of Light’s destruction when he seeks to return and reign dominion over the earth as he did in the first age.
There are also nods to Lewis Carroll’s works as Emma must face the Minotaur, the beacon that will bring the Lord of Light’s return. Her struggle to fight him, especially her apprehension in being ready, reminded me of Alice fighting the Jabberwocky in Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland. Emma must find the courage to save her friends that have become ensnared in an alternate world, the Lord of Light’s current dominion.
Her friend and brother’s quest to save those that they have lost reminds me also of Narnia, especially Will and Emma as they continue the quest to save their friends.
Rounding out the Lord of the Rings comparisons are a mysterious principal who reminded me of Gandalf, and several creatures such as unicorns, fauns, and other woodland creatures who fight to save their world.
This is a fast-paced, easy read that all ages can enjoy.
Five out of five stars.