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Book: Horando - Going Home by Steve Costello

Book Review: Horando - Going Home by Steve Costello

categories: Book, Adventure, Fantasy, Pre-Teen, Middle-Grade, Juvenille, Junior Fiction, Children's Novel


Steve Costello

Author Steve Costelloabout this book: Originally, Horando was developed from short bedtime stories for my children, increasing in depth and length as they and their understandings grew. It is reminiscent of other classic fantasies in particular some readers may identify with Enid Blyton's 'Famous Five' stories.

The difference with Horando is that it goes beyond adventure and lashings of ginger beer. This group of children have magical abilities waiting to be uncovered and used for the greater good. Teamwork is crucial to a happy-ending and their childhood is put on hold while they step up to destroy the evil that threatens peace and prosperity.

As an avid reader of several genres, I like to review what I read and like to receive constructive critiques of my own works. These help me to focus my mind on getting the craft of writing right for the reader and hopefully providing them with a better reading experience. The first two reviews relating to Horando are very exciting and have added considerable fuel to my next novel, which I aim to publish in the early spring of 2013.

• By David Berkshire
It has good pace, draws you in to an imaginative world with a nod towards Narnia, a wink at Harry Potter and a sideways glance at Lord of the Rings but without any hint of plagiarism. This author has produced a splendid mix of adventure and magic so loved by generations of children I am sure he will have a great following in the future.

• By athamay
If this book was a car it would have 500 bhp+
What a lovely little story, I gave this to my 12 year old son as night time reading, by second night he actually wanted to go to bed early to read this, he's very near the end now and asked me "dad can you get me another one of his books?

Note to author! "You better get writing"

Several years ago, I had a disabling accident that forced me to retire from my career as a Community and Youth Officer where I worked with young people and their families on issues that affect their lives and in particular, the personal and social education of young people. This background is apparent in my work and while Horando is a great read, there are numerous messages for life for those who choose to see them.

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 A wonderful read for children of all ages

This story moved at a great pace from start to finish and took me in to the beautiful world that this author has created. It was lovely to see two of my children negotiating for 'Kindle' time to be the first to finish the story. All of us would like to read more and I was pleased to see mention of the next book on the authors Blog. Tell all your friends about this book, it deserves recognition and a good publisher. While the author has obviously done his best, there is the 'odd' typo but I have found more than a few in books by famous names! [by Kay Rijksweg]

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