Parents' Guide to

The Lost Kingdom

By Darienne Stewart, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 8+

Exciting frontier adventure with steampunk fantasy twist.

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Author Matthew Kirby brushes some of the dust off adventure tales of the American frontier with his engaging steampunk fantasy. Mastodons and giant bear-wolves thunder through a wilderness still so vast and unknown that it might very well conceal a mysterious tribe of Welsh-speaking Indians. The history behind this tale is intriguing enough, however, that it might trump fantasy: Readers probably will be eager to understand more about Leyden jars, the Madoc legend, de Terzi, and the many scientific ideas and myths touched on in the book. (Kirby includes a note explaining where fact and fiction diverge.)
While the backdrop is the looming French and Indian War, the more compelling conflicts involve Billy and his renowned botanist father, and the friction between the older civilizations in the New World and the assertive newcomers.

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