When Jorie and Rufus planned another summer of adventuring, they didn’t plan on sharing it with a snooty, stuck-up, bossy 10-year-old Nigel. When the Wizard Grootmonya calls on Jorie to remedy another disaster in Cabrynthius — the theft of the Magic Stones, Jorie grabs the Gold Key and the three children descend to the enchanted land beneath the Tarn. There they find more extraordinary adventures that bring them face to face again with the wicked Lord Fodomalk and his evil butterfly. Their troubles grow as the fiendish dragon not only snatches Nigel, but confines him to a cold dank cell with the illusive Professor Schrinch (yes, he’s still alive and as sneaky as ever). Jorie and Rufus — and the persnickety Nigel — are joined by all their old friends in this rollicking tale of magic, strange impersonations, and hair-raising exploits. They help Master Nigel with his confusion of the world beneath the Tarn and discover strengths in their new friend that even he didn’t know he had. Aside from spurts of jealousy from Rufus and impatience from Jorie, Nigel learns about bravery and friendship as he struggles with belief and enchantment. Follow this feisty threesome back to the evil, dark world of Shyloxia and the beautiful, bright world of Cabrynthius, where live all manner of creatures, naughty and nice. Do they recover the Magic Stones? What does that Gold Key open for them? Do they survive the shadowy world of nasty characters? Do Jorie and Rufus accept Nigel into their world? And what about Chook — that beloved baby dragon? And if you want to know how Jorie and Rufus survived their first summer adventures, pick up your copy of Jorie and the Magic Stones.
Before I begin, I just want to give kudos to the Cover Designer, Jeff Preston, for creating the perfect depiction of Lord Fodomalk’s lair in Shyloxia. In the first book, Jorie and the Magic Stones, I imagined it to be a dark, uninviting, and dreary world and the cover for Jorie and the Gold Key matched my visualization 100%.
Jorie and the Gold Key was such an enjoyable book to read! Once again, Ms. Richardson has written an adorable story filled with magical creatures and an action-filled plot that kept me captivated throughout. With her ability to provide the reader with vibrant imagery and a story line that flowed with ease, truly demonstrates what an incredible story teller Ms. Richardson is. I found myself deeply engaged in this story, not wanting to put it down even for a second! I hope that the author continues this series, as I enjoy the adventures and want to read more.
I would highly recommend this book (and series) to young readers who delight in tales of fantasy and know that they will truly enjoy this unique and entertaining story.
4 stars Book Review by Tamara Bass