Magic Krystal and the Secret of Banderville
By C. S. Larsen
by KnowledgeGain Inc.
Larsen fuses humor and fantasy
Once in awhile I have the pleasure of reading a book that depicts young boys as they truly are: adventurous, scared,
teasing creatures, and humorous. These are the qualities I found in Chris Larsen’s middle grade novel The Magic Krystal and in his two main characters, Ben and Jon.
Larsen plots a story of two brothers, their wild imagination, a whole new world filled with interesting creatures/characters,
but more importantly a quest to find their kidnapped parents. This further bond the brothers, determined to solve this case
and figure out what they have in their possession, the Magic Krystal, and how its mystical presence can help them out.
Chi, an interesting and eventual mentor to the boys, is their guide in the world they now find themselves in. But Chi’s
presence also causes the boys to wonder how their parents connect with this world and the Krystal.
If you’re searching for a book containing comical breaks, a no nonsense, true account of young boys reactions,
a fantasy world your sons can relate to, then this is the book for you.
I have to admit when I first began reading I found it strange that the boys joked at such serious times; however, stopping
and looking at my own children, I realized this is exactly how children would react in times of pressure and uncertainty,
a bit of humor to cut the tension.
I understand Chris Larsen has already penned the second novel to this series and I’m looking forward to more
adventure from Ben and Jon.
Lea Schizas – Muse Book Reviewer