July 29, 2010

The Aedyn Chronicles - Chosen Ones : Book Review

Chosen Ones (Aedyn Chronicles, The)While investigating a mysterious silver glow in an ancient garden, Peter and Julia are magically transported from their grandparent's Oxford home to a strange new world. Aedyn is a beautiful and mysterious paradise ruled by three tyrannical Lords. Believing they have come to fulfill and ancient prophesy, Julia and Peter are heralded as the "chosen ones." Faced with a mission to rescue those enslaved by the evil kings, Peter and Julia must discover if they have what it takes to restore the land of Aedyn to its rightful ruler.

I read a few of Alister McGrath's academic theological works when I was doing my undergraduate studies. I wasn't sure if he would be able to communicate on a young adult level (primarily because this guy is brilliant), but he exceeded my expectations. I really appreciate that he didn't dumb down these books. They are very well written and use excellent vocabulary words. The story is age appropriate for the younger tween/teen crowd, but engaging enough to keep my attention as well.

The books is beautifully illustrated - every so often there is a black and white sketched illustration to accompany the story.

Chosen Ones certainly has a Narnia-esque quality to it. If you are a fan of C.S. Lewis and the Chronicles of Narnia series, I'm sure you will also enjoy the Aedyn Chronicles by Alister McGrath.


I received a complimentary copy of the book from Zondervan to facilitate my review. The opinions expressed are my own honest thoughts of the product.

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