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Reviewed by Grant Leishman for Readers' Favorite
Glory Roslyn and the Heart of Universe by Tushar is a children’s/young adult deep dive into a weird and wonderful world of fantastical creatures and hidden worlds that exist alongside us humans here on Earth. Glory Roslyn is an eleven-year-old orphan who has already endured much pain and suffering in her brief life. After her adoptive mother Myrtle Willis died, when she was just six years old, Glory is left to care for a drunken father and his equally drunken son, who survive solely on the earnings from the uber-talented Glory’s incredibly beautiful sculptures, which they sell for much-needed alcohol. Glory has a secret companion, a snake-like creature that resides in her palm, providing her with solace and absorbing all of her emotional and physical pain whenever required. After a tremendous thunderstorm, Glory and her only and best friend Lintie discover a strange egg, which when hatched delivers a baby with the head of an elephant. This newest companion, Roslyn, leads them on a series of fantastical adventures through a portal, seeking Roslyn’s parents, where they discover seven hidden worlds that are in need of a savior. The trio is shocked to discover that they are, in fact, the expected saviors but the question is how?
Glory Roslyn and the Heart of Universe is truly an adventure into the imagination of author Tushar’s mind. The hidden worlds and amazingly diverse creatures the author has conjured up here are a testament to an imagination run rampant. The plot is intricate and well thought out, if possibly a little complex for a child reader, but definitely I would be targeting this novel at the young adult audience. Although Glory is a well-drawn character, for me the star of the story was actually Lintie, her feisty and argumentative sidekick, who nevertheless is intensely loyal to her dear friend. For a kid, she had immense faith in her own ability and opinions and was not afraid to challenge authority when it was demanded. What I particularly liked was the ability of the trio to cross boundaries and barriers - culturally, linguistically, and fearlessly - yet to still remain positive and moral in their tasks and their duties within these strange and different worlds. The author’s descriptive prose is key to the enjoyment of this story. The reader is able to bask in the plethora of unknown and weird environments and creatures, fully able to absorb and picture the worlds that Glory and Lintie entered. I am guessing this is just the first of a series of adventures of Glory Roslyn, as the job is not fully complete yet and I look forward to the next iteration of these tales. This is a highly readable young adult book that I can recommend.