Trevor is not known for being serious. In fact, he is best known for the tall tales he spins. He is new in Wales, living with his grandparents, and making friends has been easy. His personality is one that lends itself to laughter, jokes, and many a light-hearted moment between friends. When Trevor and his pals are exploring the beach one day, something happens that changes all of their lives, and Trevor’s love of a good joke is getting in the way of his ability to communicate with the adults around him. When no one believes what you say, how do you tell them your friends disappeared before your very eyes?
The wizards and witches in Edwards’s work transport readers to a fabulously designed land of spells, castles, and absurdly fantastic beings. Page after page, the dragons and monsters continue to keep the story new and refreshing. Combined with the witty exchanges between characters, the wide array of character types makes this an all-around fantastic read for young readers.
‘Truly magical.’ Jake Arnott (Acclaimed Novelist/ Dramatist)
… readers will enjoy visiting these Magic Islands full of pirate-wizards, witches, castles, elves and two headed dragons!…the story also raises awareness of the modern problem of plastic pollution of our seas. William Vaughan (Writer/author of Fantasy Novella).
‘…this adventure… wove a magical spell on sceptical me! I found myself-yes- ON a ‘magical’ island following assorted ‘eccentrics.’ I expect to see it in action or in animated form in due course.’ Nigel Hanson (Writer/Songwriter. Brit-Writers’ Award Winner).
‘A delightful adventure.’ ‘… ignites the imagination.’ Cheryl Rees-Price (Author of DI Winter series.)
Magic Islands by Irene Edwards
‘When a magical wish on a Conch shell whisks Stefan and Megan away from their Welsh coastline beach
to the Magic Islands, the children feel lost and are quite unsure of their new environment. They have
become marooned. Stefan and Megan follow two witches, Mogul and Drot to Wish-What Castle. They
meet Nester the Jester, his strange pet – a dragon named Vanhalen, Ambrosious, the Wizard of the
magical Enchanted Forest, Eglador, their guide, the Aliens of the Heavens known as the Purple Wizards,
Gorad the teacher, and the Valendor Elves.
Trouble strikes the island when the witches arrive and when the Purple Wizards become shipwrecked on
the islands’ coastal beach. The Magic Islands become overpowered by wicked magical powers and
mischief which the children witness and they are asked to solve the islands problems, capture the wizards
and return the islands to peace.
5 Star Review: Magical Read For Children 8-12 Years!
Prologue: ‘Magic Islands’ (Book One): “Somewhere along the coast of Wales, there once existed a small
group of islands. They were mysterious islands, often believed to be magical islands. Some were
mountainous and craggy, others only undulated from high to low levels, from hillside to valley.
…..The islands had few visitors, for the journeys across the seas to these islands were often treacherous,
the seas around them being moody and the pathways unclear.
…..It is said many ships had vanished in the rough waters and never returned home to Wales. When ships
returned homewards, their sailors refrained from venturing again to the islands for they feared the mighty
waves and great anger of the choppy seas. …..Ancient mariners often returned telling mystical and magical tales of having spied from a distance a
curious clan of magical dwellers on the islands.
…..But there was never any proof of such tales.
…..As time went by the islands faded and vanished and the tales of the magical islands were soon
forgotten, seemingly forever…”
Forgotten until now! Author Irene Edward unlocks the mysteries of these fictitious Islands.
Let me quote from Part 11-‘A Call for Help’:
…..“Come on, Megan, let’s become invisible.”
…..“This Magical Enchanted Forest is the strangest of places,” Megan glanced through the trees as she
spoke. Hundreds of cuckoos called out their cuckoo songs tunefully. The woodpeckers were hammering
at branches with their sharp beaks.”
…..”Rata-tat! Rata-tat! Rata-tat!”
…..Above the children’s heads, hawks and eagles squawked eerily. But although the forest was oddly
noisy, the children became alarmed by the trees, for they were not standing still and rooted, but were
moving around in the forest, hovering and swaying, pushing and shoving, falling or rushing around in all
…..“It would help us if the trees stayed in one place,” Stefan said nervously. “How on earth can we keep
away from the paths, when the paths keep moving around everywhere?”
My Thoughts: This is a fun read, where character Stefan and Megan make a wish on a Conch shell found
on the Welsh coastline. Transported to the ‘Magic Islands’ by their wish, the story-line and beautiful hand
drawn illustrations come to life on the pages.
Never a dull moment as wizards, witches, elves, dragons, castles, and a magical enchanted forest fills the
Children eight to twelve will enjoy reading with an adult or alone. This book will make a great gift, bed
time story, library book, or a summer reading adventure.
The author’s desire to educate children and adults about the preservation of our planet shines through in
her books. Irene provides educational guides, free worksheets for classroom and group discussions.
Reviewed by Theodocia McLean (Book Marketing Global Network).
Paperback: 206 Pages
Publisher: Cambria Books; Illustrated edition (1 Nov. 2019)
Cover illustration by Robert Brown
Internal illustrations by Robert Brown, Tony Paultyn, and Gareth Edwards
Genre: Children's Narrative Fantasy/Adventure 8-12 Years Amazon Print: