Urchin of the Riding Stars

Author: M. I. McAllistir

Genre: Children/Fiction/Fantasy

Series: The MistMantle Chronicles Book #1

Urchin is no ordinary squirrel. He was born on a night of riding stars, by a mother who died soon afterward. He believes he is destined for greatness – and so do many others. But will his hope for adventure get in the way of the evil plans of another?

This book was definitely worth the read. Think ‘redwall,’ but a little younger, and much faster paced. It was downright adorable – and a bonus for me, were the beautiful drawings inside at the beginning of each chapter. The story was full of intrigue, humor, love, and adventure – after I read it, I gave it to my younger sister to read, and she loved it as much as I did (and she liked it better than Redwall).

Negative Elements: Quite a bit of non-gratuitous violence, probably disturbing for ‘young’ readers.

Positive Elements: Where to begin? The heroes are definitely heroes, and good and evil are clearly separate. There is no bad language, and definitely nothing sexual. In fact, I would even say they were CHRISTIAN animal books – they were written by a Methodist pastor’s wife, and there are many references to the “Great Heart,” who is obviously God.

I highly enjoyed this little ‘Lord of the Rings for Children and Animals,’ and I think you will, too.

Ages: 10+

4.5 out of 5 stars

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