Review: The Magic Scales

Posted on August 20, 2008

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The Magic Scales
By Sam Wilding
Olida Publishing
May 2008
336 pages

The sudden disappearance of James Peck’s father sets off a series of strange goings on in the tiny hamlet of Drumfintley, in Scotland. On Bruce Moor, the last place his father was seen alive, James discovers a squashed stoat next to giant unearthly footprints. The same day he follows a mysterious stranger and overhears his conversation with an invisible hissing beast named Sleven, then disappears. Reeling from shock, James passes a trash bin and is summoned by a talking goldfish inside. The fish tells James his name is Mendel and demands that he rescue him.

Mendel explains he’s actually a wizard from another world called Denthan. He’s been turned into a fish and now the mysterious stranger and Sleven are trying to kill him. He desperately needs James’s help, not only to protect him but also to save Denthan. James is baffled by the bossy fish wizard, yet he’s certain the same dark magic that brought these creatures from another world is somehow linked to his father’s fate.

He enlists the help of his best friend, Craig and his golden retriever, Bero, who carries the goldfish in a tiny barrel around his neck, like a St. Bernard. Lured by a string of clues related to Mr. Peck’s vanishing, and with Mendel as their guide, they enter the gateway into Denthan, a strange world containing magic scales and two suns, one of which will explode very soon. 

Much to James and Craig’s horror, they arrive in the midst of a war between hordes of terrifying creatures, including reptilian Hedra wizards, monstrous hairy Osgrunfs, giant insect-like Centides, several species of Trolls, Manimals, and many more. Magically the boys become warriors and it’s clear they’re going to have to fight their way through Denthan to get back home.

And that’s only half of this amazing adventure. Wilding successfully weaves a story within a story in this sophisticated fantasy. The Magic Scales is full of breathtaking action scenes, with plenty of surprises to keep readers guessing. Harry Potter fans will definitely find the Vision Pool in Book One of the Denthan Series well worth diving into.

Copyright (c) 2008 by Peggy Tibbetts

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