3 out of 4 stars
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The Elements of Nature: Book One: Arriving on Amabala by Antonio Stiener is a fantasy novel that entertains young children while educating them. The idea of bringing the periodic table to life for little children is a good one, even though we don't see much of them in this book. Maybe they'll come out in the other books following this one.
The author used things that resonate with children and pique their interest to bolster this book's core themes — no school, destroying monsters, rescuing kingdoms and princesses, bravery and magic, and other children fantasies. Every child of reading age will have a swell time reading Stiener's narrative.
The book has a lot to teach other than chemistry. A major theme of the book is teamwork. The kids fight together and for each other. Throughout the book, we can also see it — right from the very beginning, especially with Isabell and the princess. Teamwork makes everybody stronger and better. This is what I like most about this book.
Similar to teamwork is the theme of friendship. The power of friendship is pointed out clearly and is the defining factor in the battle between good and evil.
Another theme that stood out is that of courage. The children exhibit bravery to face the challenges they encounter.
It also emphasizes forgiveness and letting go of past wrongs. Every bad guy in the book has unforgiveness and resentment as a driving force. However, things always get better when people forgive each other. This is a beautiful lesson to teach children.
The author has managed to create an exciting world for children, where they can escape and imagine themselves carrying out heroic feats. He put a lot of detail and description into it without stretching out the book for too long and risking it becoming too bland.
Since this book is part of a series, he manages to conclude this first part. However, he leaves a cliffhanger that will arouse the reader's curiosity to look for the other books in the series.
Sadly, this book isn't without flaws. Apart from the storyline, it doesn't have much to offer in terms of intrigue. The author completely fails to create any suspense, and some parts of the book seem rather anticlimactic and predictable.
To my utmost disappointment, I found many unexpected errors in the book. For a short book like this, I expected a flawless and error-free book. The number of mistakes I saw compared to the book's volume made me believe this book was not professionally edited. Therefore, I rate it three out of four stars. I'd recommend it to teenage kids and anyone who loves adventurous stories.
The Elements of Nature Book 1
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