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Sunday, December 20, 2015

Destiny ~ A Review

Great message for kids!
Classic fairy tales have a formula that always involves the prince saving the princess. Two young women took it upon themselves to write a new kind of fairy tale. One where the prince and princess work together.

Priya and Sonya Wadhera penned Destiny, the story of Sonali and Amir, set in India. From the Destiny website:

"India was ruled by two royal families whose kindness and love brought peace to the land. However, India was in danger of being captured by an evil demon named Raakshasa, whose ambition to take over the country left everyone paralyzed with fear.

After a special ceremony was conducted, it was revealed that the two heirs to the throne, Princess Sonali and Prince Amir, was destined to defeat the demon together. So, when Princess Sonali suddenly disappeared, all hope was lost.

How would Prince Amir and Princess Sonali unite to fulfill their destiny and defeat the demon?"

Destiny authors at a book signing.
I had the opportunity to meet the authors when they did a book signing at one of the Ottawa Chapters locations. They were so sweet and answered all my questions. They set out to write a fairy tale that highlighted equality and diversity. Now that I've read the book I can confirm that they've done just that!

Little K and I left with a gift bag and our very own copy of Destiny. Even though Little K didn't say a word the entire time we were chatting, she happily carried her gift bag and tore into it when we got home. The poster hangs on the wall in her room and she and her brother had fun with the crayons and colouring pages.

It took us three nights to read the book - it isn't a short kids book - but so worth it. The story starts with Princess Sonali and Prince Amir as babies and, without giving anything away, follows them as they grow up and fight to fulfill their destiny. There are twists and turns, battles with bad guys, and a satisfying ending.

I love that Destiny highlights a different country and culture, and exposes the kids to words and names they aren't used to. And the fact that the Prince and Princess work together, both offering special skills to help defeat the demon, is a nice break from the class fairy tale formula.

I would recommend this book to everyone who wants something a bit different, a break from the mould. You can buy it at local Chapters bookstores or online (check the website for where to buy). Also on the website, you can meet all the characters, download free printables, and watch the trailer for the book. Thank you to the Wadhera sisters for writing a modern fairy tale.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the book and a gift bag but was not otherwise compensated for this post. I love having the opportunity to support Canadian authors, especially when they write fun books like this!

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