Author: Ron Glick
Genre: Fantasy, Fiction
Series, if any: Oz-Wonderland series, Book 4
Date of publication: January 2016
No. Of pages: 186
Definitely the most interesting fantasy-themed series that I started. The plot is a mixture of Dorothy in Oz and Alice in Wonderland, with a modern twist. While Wizard of Oz is a fair tale which has captivated my imagination as a child, Alice in Wonderland is a literary classic that has always been the source of intrigue for many generations and has been translated into movies. However, the most climatic element introduced would be the world of Peter Pan and Neverland.
The author has started the series with a brilliant idea in his head and was able to successfully translate it into the three installments of the series. The narration of the first book has quite obviously been done through two voices – one through Dorothy who decided to continue her life in Oz-land, and second through Alice who still believes that her adventures are nothing but dreams and her new adventure will again end up with her waking up in the comforts of her bed.
The second and the third installment in the series, on the other hand, introduces new characters like the White Rabbit, the Nick Chopper and Toto the dog. However, introduction of the new characters definitely didn’t detract from the main plot line. This book, or rather the fourth part of this series had a more undertone of darkness that added an element of mystery and intrigue that was far more complicated as compared to the simplistic nature of the title of the book.
While the length of the story is kept short, each chapter has been filled with intrigue and mystery which keeps the reader the hooked to the end and definitely keeps them waiting for more. The simplicity of the language helps with the flow of the story and adds richness to characters that the readers are well acquainted with. There is a steadiness in the story and the characters that makes reading an engaging experience. Through the entire series (from part 1 to part 4) there is a flow in the story that has been maintained despite the anti-climatic ending to each book.
After all the positive remarks, you must be wondering what can I possibly complain about. Well, the bone of contention for me would be the Cover images that has been used. There is definitely a far greater degree of professionalism involved in this cover image considering the ones that have been used for the other books.
My opinion: Loved the book, and I am so glad that I asked for the entire series despite the request for review of only the fourth book. However, looks like cover image is going to be a problem for me for the whole series.
My rating: 4 out of 5