The Kingdom of Talm Trilogy: Ana and the Amulet
(Alice Pears, July 4, 2015)
What would you do if you discovered a magical world existed alongside your own? Would you be brave enough to help solve a mystery from that magical world and ensure good triumphs over evil? Teenager Ana and her parents move to the remote Scottish Island of Kilmarne when Ana’s mother gets a job at the local primary school. Ana is unhappy with the move, arriving on Kilmarne feeling upset with her parents and wishing she was back living her old life in London.But she soon makes friends with three local children, Fiona and her younger cousin Angus, and his best friend James. She settles into her new life although fears that life in Kilmarne will be dull and uninspiring. However a number of strange events happen that the children struggle to understand but ensures that life on Kilmarne is anything but boring. Why is there a strange tiny figure wandering around Ana’s garden at night and who owns the bracelet she discovers in an old garden well? Why do the people of Kilmarne avoid entering Glidore Woods and what is thesignificance of the carvings on a boulder the children discover there? And how is Margery, a local girl who vanished from the island sixty years ago, linked to these mysteries?To their delight, the children unexpectedly find themselves in the middle of an exciting adventure, making friends with Talmers, tiny people from a magical hidden Kingdom of Talm that exists deep below their world. Together they must discover clues and solve puzzles, racing against time to find a missing amulet necklace to prevent a wicked prophecy from coming true. Soon it becomes clear that evil is lurking within their very community – Kilmarne Island is not what it seems. Ana and her friends must summon all their intelligence, determination and courage if they are to help the Talmers solve their dangerous quest, even if it means putting their own lives at risk.