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Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite
The Dual Path: An Earth to Stars Adventure by AnnaMariah Nau is a wonderful and delightful tale for fans of young adult fantasy, a story with strong lessons for young readers. For twelve-year-old Zelia, a summer with her Aunt Joy is supposed to be a break from her parents, but she is pulled into a magical world that will take her on the adventure of a lifetime — exciting and transformative. With a new name, Zemma, she is plunged into a world teeming with magical creatures, talking animals and trees, and a cast of inspiring travelers on a journey that takes her to the stars. While Zelia and her Aunt Joy are helping people, discovering their new gifts, and connecting with powerful friends, they are troubled because an evil invades the earth and its spell on people is strong. The dead-eyed ones are intoxicating people and replacing their sense of joy and passion with fatigue and mental labor, keeping them trapped in an empty existence. Can they help?
This is a story for young adult readers but one that will teach older readers the secrets of life that are so often forgotten. The characters are exuberant, and, believe me, you will want to live your life as purely as Zelia comes to experience it, filled with a sense of wonder and a sacred joy no one can steal from you. This is an exhilarating adventure that I read to my son and daughter. And yes, it was a good experience for them. AnnaMariah Nau teaches readers to find delight in simple things, to treasure their gifts, and to have the courage to be who they are. It is filled with adventure, and as the reader begins to understand the paths to self-discovery through embracing new experiences and challenges, they also gain the wisdom that their minds, unfettered, can take them to surprising and exciting places. AnnaMariah Nau writes in a voice that is mellow and filled with charm, evoking a world that we all occasionally encounter in our dreams, a world that we can create. The Dual Path: An Earth to Stars Adventure is a powerful book that shows readers the possibility of a world that exists alongside ours. It is entertaining and utterly inspiring.