My rating: 3 of 5 stars
In many places it's more like a 3.5. I recieved this from the author in exchange for an honest review which is what I intend to give. This is geared toward the middle age reader and I think some of the humor would appeal to them. The curse and some of the 'punishments' Andy faces are a bit soft but keeping in mind this is for a younger reader that makes sense (less so through adult eyes of course).
Andy is brought into a parallel universe and does pretty well coping with that. He's a slightly underachieving, computer game addicted son of two high achieving parents with no time for him. Andy is brought into the cursed kingdom by Mermin, Merlin's cousin (and I have to say this wizard's speech impediment was annoying to read). He befriends Alden a neon-green haired serving boy (who does serve to illustrate xenophobia and prejudice in a way that would make young readers see the dangers of such things).
Andy makes a lot of mistakes with big dire consequences (though the king keeps letting him off lightly), he gets close to Alden's mother (who is nuturing unlike his own) and finds out he seems to be a chosen one as a magical sword and other things appear to him. The king and wizard seem to think he has to be the one to get the items needed to break the curse (which seems to be immortality and a dense fog that cuts them off). That's easier said than done. there is a neighboring kingdom that's trying to take over and stop Andy and Alden and he has to get a scale off a rare red dragon, something a bit hard to do for a young boy. Worse there's a mysterious unseen villainess who is out to stop him.
Overall it was fairly enjoyable and I think younger readers would really enjoy it. There were some things that bugged me like them cutting up a dragon and eating it because the dragon keeper wants them too (that seems like it would be traumatic for younger readers and honestly not as easy to do as it was portrayed) and it was a bit draggy in the middle but not so much that I set it aside. It was mostly fun.
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