Review – Children of When by Jen Redmile

Book Description: Children of When

Leah, Raff, and Belle have been raised in separate “foster-homes” until they turn fourteen. On that day, the law states coverthey must leave everything for an unknown future. When they are magically transported to another world, they discover not only each other, but a prophecy that has waited 1000 years for their arrival. To fulfill the prophecy, they must find and reunite three missing pieces of an ancient amulet, and in the process learn to control and use their unique Gifts. Dark forces conspire to prevent the resurrection of the Amulet, and the journey becomes one of survival. Turning fourteen was NOT supposed to be this hard!


One of my highlights of the year so far has been reading Jen Redmile’s Children Of When, the first book in a series of new young adult fantasy novels…

Jen asked me to read the first three chapters recently and instantly I was hooked. I loved the opening that I read and told her straight, there and then, I wanted – no, needed – to read more.

Thankfully the book lived up to all the potential of those first three chapters and left me on tender hooks waiting for the next installment in the series.

I believe in this book so much, I will make a bold, sweeping statement and say I believe it has enough potential in time to be as big as Harry Potter and I honestly believe it is much better written.

Every so often a fantasy series comes along that leaves you chomping at the bit for more. Children of When book one is just one example of this. This first thrilling chapter in a brand new series is a thoroughly enjoyable and engaging tale aimed at young teens, though older readers will likewise find a lot here to enjoy as well. When Leah, Raff, and Belle all turn fourteen, each of them in turn is transported to a mystical and fantastical land by way of a magical portal. Here, as well as learning who they really are, the three teens soon find themselves caught up in a quest to reunite the pieces of an ancient amulet. But various dangers await them and before long the three find themselves fighting off all sorts of peril as they struggle to adapt to a new school, a new life, and the startling truth that their fates are intrinsically entwined. Though I am not exactly the target audience, I found much here that I absolutely loved. The book was easy to read, highly engrossing, and certainly left me wanting to read the next book in the series. Though at times a little too easy to read for me, nonetheless this book never once failed to impress and was one of the best books aimed at a younger audience I have read. Jennifer Redmile has a very strong and confident writing style that is instantly welcoming and engaging and I look forward to seeing bigger and better things from her in the future!

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