The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles

The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles
The Kingdom of Oceana by Mitchell Charles
Publisher: Butterhorse Publishing
Genre: Action/Adventure Historical Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full Length (207 pgs)
Age Recommendation: 12+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Aloe

SURFER. SHARK TAMER. FIRE WALKER. EXPLORER. TEENAGER. HERO.

Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic.

When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise.

As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt–just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano.

With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell.

Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana?

TWO BROTHERS, BUT ONLY ONE CAN RULE.

Set in a world where myth, spirit animals and magic exists, the islands in this story are like the Hawaiian Islands. I’ve visited Hawaii several times and love the beautiful plants and the people there. This story took me right back there.

While this tale is written for young adults, it was an interesting read for an adult, too. Mr. Charles knows the islands and the folklore and he creates a story that holds your attention and keeps you wondering which Prince is right. His writing style is smooth and light even with the horrors this story has.

There are two Princes who have been competing with each other since birth. Their personalities are very different and the older one is intent on becoming King. The younger one assumes he’ll get it because he’s the oldest, so he doesn’t see what the problem is. It will become apparent before long. He doesn’t know the family loyalties are split.

This is a tale of right and wrong. The King is trying to partner with the near island so if they are invaded, they will fight together to survive. The Princess likes the youngest brother best but ends up being betrothed to the oldest. There’s a dangerous tiki, another Kahuna, and even Zombies before you get to the end. The King on the other island has an alchemist and they are slaughtering whales for the oil. That’s against local custom. How can he be stopped?

Full of legends with a touch of history, this tale is interesting and you get an island feel. Would you be brave enough to fight the undead and your brother both?

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