The Island


Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
262 Pages
Reviewed on 05/10/2018
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Author Biography

My name is Nathan Rogers. I write science fiction and fantasy both for children and adults, but my first novel is a fun children’s fantasy adventure called “The Island”.

I live in New Zealand with my lovely wife, our two feisty kids, a deranged border collie, and a cat. The cat thinks that she is in charge. She is probably right.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite

The Island by Nathan Rogers follows the magical adventures of an imp named Sky. Sky has an important job working on the engine that keeps the island floating, but she sometimes gets bored so she runs off to play with the other imps in the streets where the hounds often chase them away. When Sky sneaks into the palace, she witnesses the lords and ladies with a bunch of gemstones and quickly faces unforeseen consequences for reasons that make no sense. Now she's thrown off the island to the world below. Sky gets a job with fishermen, but when the island returns, she's hunted once again. As Sky uncovers the truth behind the island, she must do whatever it takes to stop the devious plan conducted by the lords and ladies.

Nathan Rogers brings to life this magical world full of imps, goblins, trolls, drakes, and several other magical creatures. Sky is a young and mischievous imp who dreams of adventure. She's lovable and sweet, full of wonder, and is often naive which shows her youth. It's easy to sympathize with the imps, because they're so childlike yet are being chased by the hounds for no reason. They have a strong bond and take care of each other, forming a family. They're looked down upon by everyone yet they fill various roles as helpers for different creatures.

The world is gritty and under the control of the lords and ladies who rule over everyone and below with fear. The lords and ladies are fairly ditsy in personality with only Lady Felicia as the exception. She's the one who seems to be in charge and bosses everyone around her. The lords and ladies don't care what happens to the people and often don't pay attention even when there's chaos. The world below has a similar gritty tone, but the story delves deeper into the world as a whole, diving into a subtle commentary as the water is being over-fished to where barely any fish are left. The Island is a journey of discovery with a spunky hero exploring what it takes to be heroic in an adventure through two extraordinary worlds, one above and one below.