STAR RATING: 5 Stars
Book Description from Amazon
The König is a tyrant. His subjects are starving. And all-out war is fast approaching. Will a pair of young, courageous brothers save their kingdom? When an emissary sent by the König himself stops by the remote mouse colony of Long Meadow, the peaceful life Sommer and Nesbit have shared is turned upside down-and the brothers are catapulted into separate death-defying adventures. Sommer, levelheaded and clever, is ordered to the palace to join the König’s illustrious Eagle Guard as it prepares to face a full-scale invasion by the nefarious Emperor Wolfsmilch and his army of a hundred thousand forest mice. Meanwhile, the small but spirited Nesbit is banished to the Forest of Lost Life for insulting the König, and must dodge hungry predators at every turn. The brothers struggle to reunite and defy the oppressors who threaten everyone and everything they have ever known and loved. But time is quickly running out for both of them-and the fate of the kingdom hinges on one last, daring mission. Set against the magnificent backdrop of Schönbrunn Palace in Vienna, Austria, The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon is an action-packed adventure story for young readers and adults alike. Ages 10 and up
The Kingdom of the Sun and Moon by Lowell H. Press is a wonderful tale of grit and courage. Nesbit and Sommer are two little mice who live in Long Meadow. As anticipated, the eldest of the two, Sommer, is soon drafted into the Konig’s guard. It is what the young mouse had always dreamt off. But, instead of the expected honour and patriotism the young mouse longed for as part of the Eagle Guards, he soon discovers things are not quit as they should be. With the threat of Emperor Wolfsmilch’s imminent invasion of the Kingdom, Sommer quickly finds out just how hard it is to know who to trust.
While Sommer is taken to the Palace to serve his Konig, Nesbit meanwhile is getting himself into a barrel of trouble. Banished from his beloved Long Meadow, he is now a fugitive and has become an enemy of the Konig.
What I liked about the book
I liked so many things about the book. The author is highly skilled in descriptive prose, giving enough information so the reader can clearly envision the scenes without being bombarded by wordiness. The story is both dark and funny and I loved the ‘mice culture’. The tale moves along at a good pace and I was never bored, always wanting to find out what happens next. My favourite character was Rot—dark, evil, mysterious and so horribly cruel. I was intrigued by the idea of The Giver and The Taker and how the mice perceived these two (or maybe one?) entities and their role within nature.
What I didn’t enjoy that much
One small (tiny, tiny) niggle. I wondered about the cat. I thought the story behind the cat’s change of nature could have been developed a teensy bit more. I don’t want to put any spoilers in this review so won’t say more.
I really enjoyed this book. Great story and excellent writing makes this a wonderful read for both adults and middle grade.
STAR RATING: 5 Stars