STEVEN IS A BOY WHO PLAYS TO WIN – BUT THIS IS NO GAME.
THIS IS AN ADVENTURE HE CAN’T CONTROL.
Steven Topcliff loves gaming but doesn’t believe in fairies or magic – until tricky cousin Tracy drags him away from his game console and gets him to press a red button on a mysterious stone they find in the local park. The stone turns out to be a one-way gateway to Fairyland, where nature rules supreme and technology is banned by law.
Lost without his video games, Steven struggles to survive in this scary new world. The inhabitants are dangerous, sometimes deadly. The Land itself is a living being that deals out instant magical punishments to lawbreakers. And the truth about Tracy is terrible indeed. Homesick and horrified, Steven is desperate to escape.
Ignorant of the rules, it’s not long before he breaks them and ends up in the custody of the ruthless Fairy Queen. He learns she’s the living power behind the Land and its creatures, and she has no intention of setting him free. He also suspects she’s not telling him her true reason for keeping him prisoner.
Whatever her game is, Steven isn’t about to play it her way.
His only chance of escape is to magic his own gateway home, so he attempts to build up some psychic muscle. The Queen uses all her guile to distract and torment him, and he lives in dread of being eaten alive by gruesome snake-like monsters that live in her garden; but the biggest block to his concentration is his own lack of faith. He still doesn’t believe it’s possible for a human being to do magic.
Can he believe in himself enough to forge the new gateway? And can he rely on the few friends he’s made to help him outwit the Queen?
Review: I absolutely loved this story and have no doubt in my mind that young boys and girls will love it just as much if not even more.
The story is about how a young boy, Steven who loves nothing more than playing computer video games gets tricked into going to fairyland by a goblin disguised as his cousin, Tracy. He becomes permanently trapped in fairyland by eating some cake. There is only one way he can get back home again… Magic. No-one will help him, not even the fairy queen, and he cannot do magic himself… Can he?
Gateway to Magic is beautifully written and full of childhood humour which had me laughing out loud on more than one occasion and there are also some valuable lessons to learn. I love the originality even though at times I saw some similarities to Lewis Carroll’s style of writing as my mind wandered to Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Very different, yet similar.
I’ll have no problem recommending this work and will most certainly read it again. I’m looking forward to reading more from Annabelle Franklin.