Thursday, January 21, 2021

Review: The Twelve Tasks by Katharine E. Wibell with Giveaway!

It's been awhile since I've ventured to other worlds with a read on Bookworm for Kids. And today's the day to change that. After all, there's nothing better than traveling to the unknown! The Twelve Tasks is the first book in a new epic fantasy series called The Djed Chronicles, where the future of the twelve magicked worlds rests upon the shoulders of a girl from earth. 

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The Twelve Tasks

The Djed Chronicles #1
13 November, 2020
by Katharine E. Wibell
MG/YA Epic Fantasy


The precarious balance between two opposing forces has begun to shift and threatens the very existence of life throughout the universe. Only the Djed—the prophesied savior—has a chance of thwarting a catastrophe that could destroy the cosmos. And the next Djed is predicted to be a child of Earth.

Katie awakens on a world far from her own, a world bound in magic, one of twelve that hosts entities of vast power and might. She is suspected to be that savior. However, to be acclaimed Djed, difficult and dangerous tasks, one on each of the magicked worlds, must be completed. Katie and a menagerie of misfit companions—a precocious witch, a half-blood elf, and a humanoid pup—work together to discover her fate. If proven true, a terrible burden will be placed upon her, one that will link her destiny with war, a war led by a thirteen-year-old girl.
The Djed Chronicles follows Katie over her teenage years as she confronts dark forces and discovers that the right choices are not always apparent and wrong choices can have deadly consequences.

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                                                        * vivid, fantasy worlds, packed with imagination
                                                        * friendship is a main theme
                                                        * animal like characters mixed in
                                                        * a 'chosen' one tale
                                                        * especially appropriate for middle grade (upper)


Rich in fantasy and imagination, this tale soars through worlds and draws the reader in to an adventure full of surprises.

Katie believes she's in a dream, when she finds herself anywhere but on Earth. Hoping to return home, she runs across a small cabin and her first friend, a bear. The moment he discovers she's human, he insists on taking her to the castle, where she meets the monarchs. They inform her that it's her destiny to save Earth along with many other worlds, and to do so, she must complete twelve tasks. 

While there is a prologue, this book starts with Katie waking to a strange world. It took me a second to figure out what was going on...and I would have personally loved a bit more normal her before entering the first world, but this approach definitely gets the tale going right away. Katie is thirteen. She's very brave, has a good head on her shoulders, and doesn't act or react older than she should. There's an innocence about her, which makes her endearing, and a curiosity which has readers wishing they could join her and discover all the wonderful things. And there is a lot to discover.

Katie's journey takes her to fantastic places, where every creature and adventure sings with imagination. The worlds are rich, and the characters unexpected and more than likeable. There are moments of wisdom, times of doubt, and enough tension to keep the pages flowing. While I missed a bit of depth, at times, this tale rolls along at a very steady pace. Every page brings something new, and it's just right to keep boredom away. 

It's a wholesome read, allowing Katie to grow as the situation and tasks demand. She makes mistakes and has to deal with the consequences of her decisions, but her heart is always in the right place. She learns more about herself and must depend on the help of others to achieve her goals. With so much at stake and no clue how she's going to complete each task, friends are more than important.

Packed with magic and goodness, this one is just right for readers ages 9 to 14.

And here she is...
Katharine E Wibell

Katharine Wibell’s lifelong interest in mythology includes epic poetry like the Odyssey, Ramayana, Beowulf, and the Nibelungenlied. In addition, she is interested in all things animal whether training dogs, apprenticing at a children’s zoo, or caring for injured animals as a licensed wildlife rehabilitator. After receiving degrees from Mercer University in both art and psychology with an emphasis in animal behavior, Wibell moved to New Orleans with her dog, Alli, to kick start her career as an artist and a writer. Her literary works blend her knowledge of the animal world with the world of high fantasy.

Wibell grew up in a rural town in Georgia, and this series was inspired by her childhood play with her sister. Together, they set up the groundwork for the twelve magicked worlds, the Djed, and the plethora of characters that come to life in these books.

You can find and contact Katharine here:
- Website
- Website blog
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- Pinterest
- Goodreads
- Instagram
- Medium

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