The Silver Gate by L M Parry is an enchanting contemporary fairytale adventure for ages eight years and over. I am considerably older but I really enjoyed it.
This is an old-fashioned fairytale with traditional elements as we witness the fight between good and the powers of darkness. There are magical spells, fairies, talking animals and wizards to name but a few.
We see that not everything that appears good can be trusted. We need to discern who is good and who has been caught in a spell and spreading darkness.
To defeat evil, we need to remain steadfast and true, living in the light and not being deceived.
It is important to hold on to hope. To despair would be to admit defeat. Hope tells us there are better times ahead.
There are spiritual gifts. They are unique and we must each use the gift we have been given.
I saw parallels with the Genesis story and other Biblical events including the fact that there is a king Adam and a queen Evelyn and a council of twelve reminding me of the twelve disciples.
The whole tale was well constructed, exciting and held my attention throughout. I can highly recommend The Silver Gate to all ages. It is an enchanting read, old-fashioned story telling at its finest.
I received a free copy from the publishers. A favourable review was not required. All opinions are my own.