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This new Edition features the first three parts in the Mystic Heroine Adventures epic fantasy series; The Spider Queen, Treasures of Belamor, and The Future of Dragons.
Lyrical, and modern, these stories use classic fairytale themes to explore ideas about self-esteem, honor, forgiveness, and non-violence. 275 pages, with 75 black and white illustrations. For all ages; 8 and up.
The adventure begins when Cecile wakes up in a dream and finds herself in the Kingdom of Belamor. The fourteen-year-old is unaware that she is, in fact, the Princess of this realm. She soon discovers that a beautiful enchantress has cast a spell over the kingdom and usurped her throne! And when she confronts this compelling, and powerful opponent, she learns what it really takes to be the Princess of Belamor.
Now fifteen, Cecile's dream of a peaceful reign is literally shaken when a dragon hidden under the castle awakens after five hundred years of slumber. She must decide whether it is better to put the dragon back to sleep, or lead him on a perilous journey to freedom.
News of the dragon rekindles an ancient rivalry between two wizards. The sixteen-year-old princess is taken hostage in a plot for revenge. Locked inside a magical castle, Cecile gathers clues, piecing together the lost history of Belamor. If she can understand how this war began, maybe she can find the answer to lasting peace for all.
5 stars - Reviewed by Sarah Scheele for Readers' Favorite
"A sweet, quietly enchanting children's book ..."
"Cecile and the Kingdom of Belamor is a 3-in-1 collection of stories about a young princess in a fantasy kingdom. The storytelling and presentation are fantastic. In the first story, "The Spider Queen," Cecile must rescue her kingdom from an evil enchantress who threatens her knowledge of who she is. In the next, "The Treasures of Belamor," Cecile and her friend Jerome learn about Belamor's past and the epic struggle between two wizards, as they rescue the last dragon, Melchor. Finally, in "The Future of Dragons," Cecile helps resolve the ancient fight between the two wizards while protecting the dragon race from extinction. Marilyn Churchill adeptly uses brilliant illustrations to help along a pristine, subtly enchanting storyline in this collection.
It plays out like a well-paced animated TV movie and I think it's a must-read for girls 8-11. Cecile and the Kingdom of Belamor by Marilyn Churchill is a little gem and a worthy addition to any children's library. The gorgeous pictures perfectly capture the story and highlight the simple, but intelligent adventures of the princess, Cecile, and her quest to successfully navigate Belamor. At 14, and later 15 and 16, Cecile is older than the audience, making her someone to look up to as she develops over the course of the stories. Several good points were brought to light within the fantasy kingdom--including friendship, misunderstandings, self-esteem, discovering true from false, and finding solutions to problems--providing positive lessons for children along with entertainment. This one is on my bookshelf to stay"
Mystic Heroine Adventure books are easy reading, non-violent, and fast-paced, with surprising plots that twist and turn. Lavishly illustrated. Suitable for all ages, 8 and Up.