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Reviewed by Erika Grediaga for Readers' Favorite
Sasquana, Peggies and Featherchasers by Marlina Williams is the story of 14-year-old Kellen, a shy teenage boy whose parents are about to divorce. While they are on a trip as the last attempt for his parents to mend their marriage, Kellen suffers a serious accident. However, instead of being rescued by his parents, he crosses a portal to a new world called Sasquana. This new place looks very much like Earth, but here all mythological and folk creatures are real: from Pegasus to yetis. In this fantastical world of Sasquana, evos (a higher version of men), animals and the habitat live in balance. Their biggest threat is the human race, forcing the evo race to prevent at all costs any human from finding the secret portals which lead to this wonderful land. Those who do, like our main character, Kellen, are forbidden to return to the real world. It is in this new world that Kellen has a chance to reinvent himself and gain the confidence he has never been able to have in the real world. Now, the biggest problem is that he'll never be able to go back home to his house and his desperate parents.
Sasquana, Peggies and Featherchasers is a book full of magic. Author Marlina Williams has written a very creative story where harmony is threatened by chaos and greed. I enjoyed reading this book because of the care and imagination with which Williams has created Sasquana, as well as a careful development of the characters. I like the fact that Kellen has a very nice character arc in which he grows and learns about his own capabilities at the end of the story. The budding sexuality that happens with this adolescent character is interesting and well written, but places this story in an older category of readers in my opinion. I'd recommend it for teenagers, but it is definitely not appropriate for tweens. I look forward to reading where the series is going with the next book.