Quick Thoughts:

  • Quick read.
  • Delightful
  • Great for kids
  • Positive Lessons

Magnus Opum is a great fantasy read! Sitting at about 200 pages I read this in the span of a football game. Giants vs Redskins to be exact. The main character, Magnus sets out on a quest to eliminate an enemy of the land, but not all is what it seems in this delightful little novel. In even a quick read through you’ll notice the author loves playing around with preconceived notions of everyday words, animals, and people. I am not even sure how half of the races that you encounter would be pronounced, let alone spelled if you were just hearing it via an audio book. Nevertheless, they are fun to read about and imagine. The author touches on some briefly like the Gleeprogs who evolved enough to be able to walk on land but not quite enough to breathe air. Therefore, they walk around with large bowls of water over their heads.  Others, such as the Cherines, are talked of for a long while as our hero travels across the land on his journey, but each society has an audible describing factor that makes it easy to remember and differentiate between them.

It’s a story of being lost and being found. Of looking past differences to find peace. Of not letting hearsay close your eyes to the world around you.

I am not sure if this is meant for children, but anyone in general will love the story of Magnus Mandalora and be thrilled as his courage and outlook on life magnus_opum_covergrows with each step and each page that you take together. When he vanquishes a foe or gains peace of mind you are right along with him. And when he is scared or confused you are silently urging him on. The book’s sub-line is “A story about a little person in a very big world” and at times you can see the obvious parallels between Magnus’s world and one of any child growing up and learning which friends to choose and what matters most.

While this could have been a grand detailed fantasy adventure I like that the author focused mostly on his characters and their interaction with each other. The details of the land only appeared when most applicable and even then only in the ways each character or group saw it. Some places, like Whounga Canyon, I am sure would be a sight to behold and for me this book rivals Middle Earth in fantastical literature places I wish to visit. I meanthe only thing I have to worry about here are Blerchherchh.


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