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Smashwords book reviews by Maja
- Root Bound
on Feb. 20, 2013
Have you ever enjoyed reading The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland, this is a book for you. I don’t really know what I expected from this story since I am not familiar with this author, but her writing had me surprised. I have really liked, I cannot say loved per se, this book but it is an interesting read, and if you like the world of fantasy and magic you should read this book. It is only the first in the Emma and Elementals series, but Gough gives a promising start.
The first half of the book deals with plain old human girl, Emma, her father musician, constant moving from home to home, a creepy old neighbor woman, the mean girls at the new school, you know, all the typical adolescence problems. However, the storyline picks up after Emma hears the house speaking and meets some brownies. Ha, and those are really cute little creatures from mythology. That had me thinking, finally something is happening that actually makes this book fantasy, and after I got a little more into the story, I could not put the book down. I have loved reading of prophecies, mythology, witches, magic and a whole intricate design of the Under, the world that Gough gives such an elaborate description of. Even though I found the first half to be a little strenuous, I developed the appreciation and understanding for it because of its interweaving with the magic world.
Gough complicates this fantasy into so many details that at times you can get lost and forget the meaning of it, but to an explorer brain like mine, reading this book proved a “real field trip”. Hopefully, you will feel the same, if you decide to read this book. Also, Emma as the protagonist is likeable enough in her grasping the magic world, even escaping into it, quite like I seem to escape in any book I can get my hands on. The basement brownies are simply charming little creatures that I developed instant love for.
Are you looking for a funny and easy fantasy novel? This is a story for you that will leave you anticipating and feeling anxious for what is to happen every step of Emma and the brownies’ adventure. Overall, I really like this story and its character, and think it an excellent escape read. Also, you know what?, this would be an excellent movie story!