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Book: Kaytie Flame and the Mystery of Two Kingdoms: Prequel to the Hidden Danger Beyond Fantasy Three-Book Series
Authors: Harriett L. Ford and Kathryn Mofley
Illustrator: Kathryn Mofley
Publisher: Independently published, 2021
Related website(s): https://www.amazon.com/-/e/B08FJHXV91 (author)
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 14 and up
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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Ford, Harriett L., and Mofley, Kathryn. Kaytie Flame and the Mystery of Two Kingdoms: Prequel to the Hidden Danger Beyond Fantasy Three-Book Series (Published in 2021 by Ford and Mofley). Sixteen year old Kaytie Flame O’Hara lives with her parents in Louisiana but during summer break from school is going to visit her best friend Annie who, with Annie’s parents and super cute brother Ryan, have recently moved to a rural area near Goblin Valley, outside of Moab, Utah. When Ryan tries to teach the girls to rappel up the nearby slot canyons, they face deadly perils. Ryan, after a seriously stupid mistake, needs rescuing. Bleeding from a self-inflicted wound, he’s dehydrated. Then the girls are missing. The weather could mean serious danger, and a killer cougar is on the prowl.
Who is available to take care of Ryan? Will the girls be found? And what happens with the cougar? This novella, part of the “Hidden Danger Beyond Fantasy” award-winning series, is a prequel to a book that I previously reviewed and recommended, in 2019. It was then titled Voodoo Vanquishing Vixen, but has been reissued as Dance on the Devil.
In Kaytie Flame and the Mystery of Two Kingdoms, Kaytie makes a monumental discovery that directs her toward a future she yearns to achieve with all her passionate heart. Some common euphemisms (gosh, durn, heck) occur. One character smokes a pipe. And there references to using peyote and smoking Manzanita, as well as drinking beer, but it is clear that the drugs and alcohol are to be frowned on. This is a well-written book with outdoor adventure and a splash of clean, teen summer romance which also has an important spiritual message. Author Harriet L, Ford asked, “Isn’t it time our youth learned there is an actual unseen kingdom of darkness and also a kingdom of Light, both of which greatly affect the world we live in?” She has since written the two additional books in the 3-books series. They are Daring Deceptions of Daemons (Book Two) and Devil’s Triangle Temptress (Book Three).