HOME SCHOOL BOOK REVIEW
Book: Hamelin Stoop (Book 3): The Ring of Truth
Author: Robert B. Sloan
Illustrator: Angela Merkle
Publisher: 12 Gates Publishing, 2020
Related website(s): http://www.12GatesPublishing.com (publisher)
Language level: 2
(1=nothing objectionable; 2=common euphemisms and/or childish slang terms; 3=some cursing and/or profanity; 4=a lot of cursing and/or profanity; 5=obscenity and/or vulgarity)
Recommended reading level: Ages 13 – 17
Rating: ***** 5 stars
(5 stars=EXCELLENT; 4 stars=GOOD; 3 stars=FAIR; 2 stars=POOR; 1 star=VERY POOR; no stars=NOT RECOMMENDED)
Reviewed by Wayne S. Walker
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Sloan,Robert B. Hamelin Stoop (Book 3): The Ring of Truth (Published in 2020 by 12 Gates Publishing, 7706 Fondren Rd., Houston, TX 77074). In Book 3 of the “Hamelin Stoop” series, Hamelin Stoop, an orphan “boy of both worlds” with great strength, is now twelve years old. He and his friend Layla, who has dreams, or are they memories, of another world with faded light, are beckoned to a portal between two realms. Hamelin’s goal is to search for his parents, but he must also help Princess Eraina of Parthogen and Prince Lars of Periluna in their quests. Yet the young orphan is not alone in his struggle, having help from the eagle, the white bull, the Hospitable Woman, and others. At the same time, dangerous forces continue to pursue the boy, and the evil Chimera gives his agents an additional task to find the fourth princess, the missing daughter of Carr, and stop her.
Will Hamelin be summoned to the Land of Gloaming again? Is his friend Layla really the lost princess from the other world? What can they do to learn the truth about the Ancient One’s plans and to search for Hamelin’s family? This is a story that keeps building and building. There is an intricate tapestry of plot lines that may make it a bit difficult for younger and reluctant readers to follow. But the character development is a plus, and one tends to root for the hero in spite of his flaws. Danger, mystery, and God’s love are seen throughout as Hamelin grows and develops. This is really a wonderful series of solid “Christian fantasy fiction” for young adults and middle school children. A few common euphemisms (e.g., heck) are used, but nothing inappropriate is to be found for doing a family read aloud.