The Roads of Luhonono: Legend of The East Road by Hamilton Hill

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Publication Date: September 1, 2015



Construction in Lohonono stirs up spirits for 13-year-old Magdalene. With her friends, Peter and Gimbo, Magdalene soon finds herself on a quest to discover the Legend of East Road and uncover the secrets of the witch-doctor and his demons before its too late.


The author, Hamilton Hill, gave me a copy of this novel in exchange for my review.




The Roads of Luhonono is a story that takes middle grade children out of their world and time into a culturally rich story set in Africa in the early part of the last century. The children in the story believe in magic and have a sense of wonder that is age appropriate and, more important, convincing to the reader. When the white tribe starts building roads, the villagers become concerned for their safety. Magdalene discovers that their concerns are legitimate when the ancient spirits speak to her.

Hill isn’t an author that talks down to his readers. I’m sure that its tempting for authors writing to a certain demographic to simply but The Roads of Luhonono has a feeling of a work geared towards being a modern classic. Hill’s writing is sophisticated. He includes a glossary of African words for readers wanting to immerse themselves in a vivid experience.

The children of The Roads of Luhonono have a sense of reality. The novel fits easily in the fantasy genre but Magdalene and her friends are grounded but have that wonder inherent in children when they’re younger. Magdalene is curious without being precocious. She’s trusting without being gullible. She is loyal to her friends and they to her and trusts that they will stand by her side in the face of whatever challenges they meet. Magdalene is a girl that female readers will respect for her intelligence and insight. Gimbo and Peter have the sort of strong friendship seen in classic fiction with unique personalities and connections. The children share a realistic dialogue and an age appropriate approach to life for adolescents of their time. They have a limitless sense that is a pleasure for children of any age to share.

The setting is one that the author paints with vivid strokes. Hill is a world traveler and that experience shows in a landscape that gives the impression of authenticity. The African landscape is vast and and pregnant with possibility.  The introductions of infrastructure to the area call for overt descriptions are well edited and enhance the immersive experience. Interweaving in the change to landscape is a deep vein of evil. There are well integrated dream sequences that round out the fantasy aspect of the story.

If you have middle grade children or students, The Roads of Luhonono is a smart and informational period piece. Children will enjoy the sense of fun, subtle humor and surreal storyline. There is a well defined threat with an interesting backstory. The story is engaging and the characters familiar but unique. Pick it up today.



You can read an excerpt and buy The Roads of Luhonono: Legend of The East Road by Hamilton Hill on: 

Amazon U.S. • Amazon U.K. • Amazon Canada

For more information about Hamilton Hill and his work, visit his website. You can connect with him on Goodreads, Facebook and Twitter @HillHamilton .


The Griffin’s Boy by Julia Hughes (author) & Mervyn Walker (editor)

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Publication Date: December 12, 2013


JH_The_Griffin_BoyThe Griffin Riders are exclusive and elite and Neb has little hope of joining their prestigious ranks. Stealing a naughty young griffin named Balkind is the wrong thing to do but can their partnership change the rules and give Neb a chance?The Griffin’s Boy (The Griffin Riders’ Chronicles) is the second novel in The Griffin Rider’s Chronicles.





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Free on Kindle! The Griffin’s Boy by Julia Hughes & Mervyn Walker

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….He’ll risk his life, then his soul & finally his heart in his quest to be…


“The Griffin’s Boy”

Julia Hughes, author The Griffin Cryer has written another thrilling adventure, this time set on Ella-Earth, which is our world’s twin in most respects. Except—both evolution and science have taken a different path, and an elite troop known as “The Griffin Riders” patrol the spiritual conduits known as ley-lines.
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The Alchemyst: The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel by Michael Scott

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Publication Date: May 22, 2007

This is the first review written solely by Alex; the 11-year-old sometimes contributor to Rabid Readers Too.

MS_Alchemist_Book_01Book: The Alchemyst: The Secrets of the Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Author: Michael Scott

Book 1 in the 6 part series

Release Date: 22 May, 2007

Pages: 375

Cover Artist: Michael Wagner

Nicholas Flamel was born on September 28,1317, people say he died in 1418 but his tomb is empty! He has been alive for 700 years, now known at the greatest alchemist of his day!

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Titanian Chronicles: Journey of Destiny (Volume 1) by Leisl Kaberry

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Publication Date: September 3, 2013

LK_Journey_Destiny_01Afeclin was orphaned as a baby in a terrible attack from which he was protected by magic. Raised with the elves by their king, Afeclin has an ambition to use his natural magical abilities to become a wizard. To do so he must return to the human world accompanied by his friend Wolfgang. Dark times are brewing and danger lurks around every corner. Can they save themselves and the people they love most?





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Lethal Inheritance: Diamond Peak 1 by Tahlia Newland

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Publication Date: October 8, 2012

TN_Lethal_InheritancySeventeen-year-old Ariel is an average teen. She’s feeling the pressures of upcoming exams and caring for a baby wombat when her mother is kidnapped by demons that purr with delight while ingesting the fear of their victims. In her pursuit of the kidnappers, Ariel enters a hidden world heavy with magic. With the help of new friends can she learn how to defeat the demons and save her mother in time?





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An Unexpected Twist: Book Two by D.X. Dunn

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Publication Date: May 17, 2013

DD_Unexpected_TwistIt’s Chris’ birthday and Alex has come for a visit. The boys are playing on their new phones when they notice an app that neither downloaded and the picture looks like Distania! Do they risk going back?

An Unexpected Twist (The Distania Chronicles) is the second book in the Distania Chronicles.




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An Unexpected Adventure: Book One by D.X. Dunn

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Publication Date: April 21, 2013

DD_Unexpected_Adventure_1It’s Christmas Day and 10-year-old Chris is really missing his best friend and former neighbor, Alex. When Chris goes up to his room to look for an e-mail from Alex he finds a link to a gaming website. When he clicks the link he’s pulled into the world of Distania where his friend Alex awaits. Mystery, magic and dragons may seem ominous but can the two young boys resist the potential of an adventure together?





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The Griffin Cryer by Julia Hughes

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Publication Date: February 26, 2013

JH_Griffin_CryerFrankie Shaunessy is a troubled 15-year-old when one day, she calls her dog and a griffin responds. Frankie soon discovers that life isn’t all a person might think it is and that she has people she can truly rely. Can the griffin and his rider rely on her as she helps them find their way home?





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