Book Review: Secret Speakers and the Search for Selador’s Gate by K.S.R. Kingworth

The School Library Journal compares Secret Speakers to the Narnia, Lord of the Rings, and Wizard of Oz novels in their starred review: ““Kingworth has created a rich, detailed fantasy world that is unique and as vivid as all of them, with charming, whimsical touches.” Hidden in the depths of Cloven Grave, the harsh impostor Harrold King hides a deep secret the parents know nothing about. After spending nine years hidden in a cellar, thirteen year-old Fair O’Nelli finally assumes it’s safe to be seen. She knows that her father and brother are missing or possibly dead.

But when she sets off in the company of three guardians to find Selador’s Gate, she heads right into Harrold King’s secret. If she and countless others are to survive, she will have to start making choices that place friendship above fright, faith over doubt, and compassion over fear.

The audio book adaptation is brought to life by Booklist’s Voice of Choice, Simon Vance. (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornet’s Nest, The Girl Who Played with Fire.) British-born Vance was awarded Audiofile Magazine Golden Voice status, June 2009.

I listened to the audio version of the book Secret Speakers and the Search for Selador’s Gate by K.S.R. Kingworth.  The narrator did a great job with this story.  It was a cross between The Chronicles of Narnia and the Wizard of Oz.  I’m not one who reads for deep underlying messages.  I simply read for storyline and enjoyment.  My mother always used to say that one day she was going to write a book that had no deep meaning and some English teacher would find the meaning. This book obviously has a message.  It has an entertaining storyline that overlays an allegory for the Plan of Salvation.  Like the Chronicles of Narnia it can simply be read as a great story or you can dive deeper to look for the underlying message.

This is K.S.R. Kingworth’s (AKA Karey Shane) debut fantasy novel.  I would recommend it to those who enjoy high fantasy.

Content: Clean Read

Rating: 4 Stars

Source: Audio download from Audible