Reviewers' comments

about the Viking Magic series...

A brilliant new series from Australian author Anna Ciddor (Book reviews by staff and students of La Trobe University, Bendigo) - to read the full review click here.

 

The mixture of fantasy and Viking history make a fascinating blend...I must say it's wonderful to have some quality Australian writing for this age group. (Beryl Siemionow, Bees Knees Books)
 

I've read both of the first 2 books in the series and loved them !!! ... and here's why :
* they are fun, uncomplicated stories that appeal to a wide age group
* being historical, they are educational, without having the subject matter being ramned down kids' throats (Roberta Clark, Angus & Robertson Fountain Gate)

The books are excellent literature...cover universal themes that children can identify with:- sense of belonging to family and a group, the value of friendship, family acceptance, the difficulty in feeling different and accepting differences, finding inner strengths and abilities, self belief and self confidence. (Gail Godden, Collins Bookshop, Charlestown)
 

about Runestone...

An easy read with love, friendship, loyalty, adventure and magic all inter-woven to make for an UNPUTDOWNABLE book!! (Edwina Serrao, Dymocks Macquarie)

Children will be captivated by the magic and mystery. (The Guardian, April 2002)

Set in the world of Vikings, Runestone is a rich narrative fantasy – strong on both plot and imagination. (Aussiereviews.com) To read the on-line review click here.

Fantasy for the teenage reader need not be escapist; rather it is at its most effective when presenting eternal problems slightly removed from modern reality. The protagonists of Runestone might be living in the Viking era, but they have similar conflicts of identity and vocation to the modern teen. (The Sunday Age, June 2002)

It may have taken Anna Ciddor thirteen years to leave aside nonfiction and explore the possibilities of fiction. However, it is all those years of research experience that merits Viking Magic as a very entertaining and absorbing fantasy series. (Magpies magazine, May 2002)

An unusual and extremely entertaining story for boys and girls. (The Star, New Zealand, July 2002)

Highly recommended. (Reading Time, quarterly journal of The Children's Book Council of Australia, Vol 46 No 3)

This story embraces the concept that we don’t all fit the mould life grants us and that it’s ok to be different. (parentbytes.com)

about Wolfspell...

The two hardy Viking children pitted against a crafty, callous, mean-spirited villain, play out their drama against the backdrop of a vast icy Norwegian wilderness, with just a mystical twist of magic thrown in for good measure! Highly recommended. (Magpies Vol 18 May 2003)

'Another winner' (Aussiereviews.com) To read the on-line review, click here.

There's excitement and non-stop action right up to the very last nail-biting scene. (Story-Go-Round)

The author has formed an impressive correlation between historical references and fantasy to weave a rich and enchanting world, full of magical yet believable storylines. (parentbytes.com)

I give it a 10/10 because it is exciting and funny (Sunshine Coast Sunday News, May 2003)

The second exciting installment in the adventures of Oddo and Thora...an enchanting book...a delight. (All Write! magazine May/June/July 2003)

Wolfspell is a gripping read that I found hard to put down (Adelaide Advertiser July 2003)

Anna Ciddor has been able to successfully create a unique and original civilisation with its own people and culture, according to the facts about the Vikings that we know...Wolfspell can be described as a realistic struggle through adventures in an interesting, vivid and original world. (Courier Mail, 9 September 2003)

A great introduction to the fantasy world for younger readers...Drawing heavily on Norse mythology, Ciddor creates a vivid world and populates it with strong, sympathetic characters. (Australian Centre for Youth Literature Newsletter September 2003)

about Stormriders...

The final volume of the Viking Magic trilogy, Stormriders, will not disappoint....Anna Ciddor's style is unobtrusively good, with lively dialogue, apt descriptions and figurative language. Following the tradition of fine historical fiction, the metaphors and similes are consistent with the world and experience of her Viking setting...Other attractive features are the...small illustrations at the beginning of each chapter...Highly recommended for readers from middle primary to lower secondary. (Magpies May 2004)

All the magic, the mystery and the adventure of Ciddor's earlier tales are brought to life once more in a book which paints a rich portrait of the Viking World. An excellent blend of historical fact and magical fantasy, sure to appeal to 10 to 13 year old readers. (Aussiereviews.com) To read the on-line review, click here.

An adventure that is exciting, entertaining -- and, yes -- funny (January Magazine June 2004) To read the on-line review, click here

The characters are likeable and the more you read into the book the more you feel a part of their adventure (Townsville Bulletin May 2004)

While this story takes place in ancient times, young readers will easily empathise with the emotional turmoil and challenges that these three adventurers face. (parentbytes.com)

In this spellbinding action packed book, the three companions see the strange land of fire and ice. There is heaps of new magic, strange lands to see and deep dark secrets could be unravelled. We give this book a 5/5 (Gold Coast Bulletin, 17 July 2004)

A nail-biting adventure (Adelaide Matters July 2004, reviews of favourite books from Dymocks Burnside)

Stormriders goes straight into the story and it feels like you are there fighting their fights, hoping their hopes. It is steadily paced and impossible to put down. It is definitely worth being caught in maths reading. Oddo and Dungal are both very realistic characters. They forget, make mistakes and get upset but they are always true to their friends. Thora is always eager to help but can sometimes be bossy. As I read about her I felt as if I was her - talking, listening and dreaming. If I could talk to Anna Ciddor I would ask her one question “When’s the sequel coming out.” This is a spectacular read. (Young Australian Readers Awards, on-line review)
 

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