The Kingdom of Oceana
Author: Mitchell Charles
Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult
Publisher: Butterhorse Media
Release Date: November 27, 2015
Goodreads Synopsis: SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic. When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell. Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana? ONLY ONE CAN RULE.
Jen’s Rating: 🌟🌟🌟🌟
REVIEW: I first saw this book and thought about all the movies and reads based in Hawaii and how much I enjoyed them. So, I said why not give this a try… and I am so glad that I did.
This has it all. The mythical aspect is everywhere in this fantastical world, as well as brother feuds that get more and more intense when a tiki mask is discovered in a place neither of them should have trespassed upon. Moments that drive chills up once spine, while others that make us fall even more in love with the beauty and landscapes of Hawaii and all that is a part of it.
“I brushed myself off and looked around, taking in the beauty of the crystal cavern. It was shaped like half of a clamshell, with the ceiling tapering to the ground at the back. The sides were strewn with crystal stalactites that dripped from the ceiling like jeweled pillars. The luminescent, milky columns shimmered in the reflection of the kukui oil lamps that burned soflty beneath them.”
If that weren’t enough, author Mitchell Charles adds another charm to this novel with footnotes. They are inserted in just the right places and adds so much more to The Kingdom of Oceana, giving us another feel of being right there with them and part of the culture and magical land within these pages.
“Wisps of luminescent fog in the shape of men rose from the gravesites and floated towards us, and I realized I was in a state of half-waking, half-dreaming.
“What is that?’ asked Nahoa.”
“The unihipili,’ I replied, not fully believing what I was seeing. ‘The undead spirits of ancient warriors.”
The story grows even more from there. With characters who can speak telepathically with each other, with animals, with the spirits. An alchemist who claims to be three hundred years old. Members that can shape shift into animals and levitate things. And more of that within this novel.
Then a tale well known, of chiefs (Kings) trying to convince the other that their kingdom is the better one. And theirs is the one that should be merged into, not the other way around. It is a constant battle and decisions need to made or all of the people will become affected by it.
“Well, did King Lako agree to join our kingdom?’ she pressed.”
“Join our kingdom? He thinks we should join his,’ replied Father.”
I enjoyed every element of this book and wished there were more to it. In some parts, it seemed like it was over too quickly, and in others I was left wishing I could have more descriptive pieces of the gorgeous setting. That is my only negative comment, which isn’t really negative at all. I am thankful to the author and publisher for giving me the opportunity to read this novel, because I may not have heard about it otherwise and would have missed out on this wonderfully crafted story.
***I received this copy from the author in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own.***