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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Children of Swan: The Land of Taron, Vol 1 by Coral Walker is a science fiction story. Bo, Jack and Briana wake one morning to find their parents have gone, taking all the furniture with them. They are alone. Their father’s ring is in Bo’s hand. All of a sudden, Bo disappears, abducted and, as Jack and Briana follow after him, they fall into a wormhole, arriving in the land of Taron. Taron is inhabited by the Bokwa, a vicious creature that looks like a snake and would think nothing of swallowing a man. The Barans, the people of Taran, catch Jack and Briana and sell them off to a fighting arena where slave boys are put to the fight. Their father is there but he doesn’t appear to recognize them. The contest rules are very clear – there will be just one winner, one survivor of the brutal fight. Can Jack do it? Can he fight to save his brother and sister and get his parents back?
Children of Swan: The Land of Taron, Vol 1 by Coral Walker is one of those books that leaves you breathless. Written as a Young Adult Sci-Fi book, it is one of the most engaging books I have read for a long time, a book that swallows you and holds fast until it is finished. It is packed full of action, adventure and drama with no let up from start to finish. I found the characters to be exceptionally well developed and the scene is well and truly set for volume 2, a tale I can’t wait to read. The plot is unique, well told, and is clearly the product of a great deal of work and a vivid imagination. Ms. Walker demonstrates a real strength in her writing, the ability to tell a tale and tell it well, leaving a reader desperately wanting more. I would highly recommend this book to young adults and also to us older adults too as I believe that anyone will enjoy this book and appreciate the hard work that has gone into it.