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Red Wind by Isobelle Carmody

Red WindA review by Nalini Haynes

★★★★★ five out of five stars

The Red Wind is the first of the Kingdom of the Lost series for children; I previously reviewed book 2, The Cloud Road.

Bily and Zluty seem to be part squirrel-ish creatures and part human. They are brothers who live contentedly in a house they built for themselves since waking from their egg. They’ve grow up, learnt to hunt, gather and create everything they need.

Then the Red Wind destroys their lives, bringing a ‘rainstorm’ of rocks before flooding fills their basement.

Red Wind is elegant in its simplicity, effectively painting a vivid picture of Bily, Zluty, their lives and relationships. Many facets of the story that puzzled me after reading book two out of sequence are explained and yet a mystery evolves across these two novels.

Isobelle Carmody uses direct language to gradually build a complex world without overwhelming young audiences.

I highly recommend the Kingdom of the Lost series to readers of all ages for enjoyment and to writers learning the craft, regardless of the age of your intended audience.

Nalini is an award-winning writer and artist as well as managing editor of Dark Matter Zine.


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