Key to Aten
By Lynn Sinclair
List price: $8.95
Pages: 190 Format: Paperback
Sixteen-year-old Jodi touches her sleeping friend’s arm and is suddenly plummeted into Aten, a beautiful, frightening world of man-hunting spiders, a mischievous maze, a magical forest that entraps trespassers, fierce clans fighting for domination with spears and daggers, a group of warlike women who live isolated in their own fortress, and Jodi’s new love, a handsome young clan leader, who may have special powers. Can she use the key to Aten to stay with her love or can she return to the safety of her own world? An exciting romantic fantasy from twelve up.
What the Reviewers are Saying...
sixteen-year-old Jodi Greer goes for a walk outside, she finds her
childhood friend Neil Moran sleeping near their private retreat. She
enters his dream, at first trying to awaken him so they can return
home, but he is unable to wake up. The two friends thus embark on an
interesting and dangerous journey together in the beautiful but
equally frightening fantasy world of Aten...
"The reader will find it difficult to put down this novel as a new adventure in this strange world appears every few pages. The heart-stopping, menacing spiders, the evil selling of people as slaves and the disgusting slugs that digest people alive will entertain even the most reluctant reader. Each new twist in the plot introduces another factor that gradually helps to build the setting and test the characters as they reveal the author's themes of peaceful community, the necessity of knowledge and the centrality of friendship and love to human life. Jodi's references to life on Earth and her puzzlement at the customs of Aten re-enforce its bizarre nature. The dialogue is quick and natural, sometimes cryptic and mysterious enough to draw the reader on but never awkward or lecturing. Sinclair is careful to let the story evolve instead of falling into the trap of explaining too much." Recommended Joan Marshall, Winnipeg, MB. CM . . . . Volume XII Number 15
About the Author
Lynn is currently working on Jodi's next adventure.
Key to Aten
From the platform, the Commissioner blew his whistle. "Now, we'll start the bidding on the two outsiders. I believe the Dani chief will trade only for the Conjurer. That comes as no surprise and does limit the bids for the male outsider, doesn't it?" Laughter rippled over the crowd. "We do have a female outsider--that's something new for us. The Awes chief leaves this one open."
The Commissioner nodded his head toward us. "Can you please get those two up here? Outsiders or not, we'd like to have a look at what we're dealing with."
Two men, stationed by the stairs to the platform, pushed their way toward us. Neil and I looked at each other. Not fear, but resignation. The men stopped and motioned with their hands for us to walk ahead of them.
"Have you thought of anything yet?" I whispered.
"Yeah, but neither of us can fly," Neil said out of the side of his mouth.
"I'm willing to learn."
The two men led us up the stairs and stood, arms crossed, behind us. A man approached the platform and addressed the Commissioner.
"That one." He jerked his head toward me. "The red hair, has she been proven?"
"No, she holds great promise though," Aladar said.
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