Her book reminded me of my childhood, though not in any way, but in an absolutely surprising way.
Through her central character, Adora Casuneli manages to revive the noises, the aromas, the candour of childhood, reiterating that magical and pure land during ten chapters. The book Nimurel and the Children of Myristica is the first in the series entitled Nimurel.
Although it is addressed to children (8-12 years old), the book transcends the universe of childhood, managing to seduce even the skeptical, anxious and corrupt world of adults, through flavours, through magic, but especially through the theme of friendship, in its purest form. Lucky us who have at least the illusion of such experiences these days
"Nimurel and the Children of Myristica" is an invitation into the magical world of the nutmeg, of a world to be discovered by Nimurel, a curious, changing child in the midst of his life's adventure.
The rhythm of the story is sustained, engaging and rich in detail. A continuation of the adventure would be more than welcome, this book being more of an "avant-goût" of a potentially exciting series.
The book is very pleasant to read, with clear narratives that are easy to envision and make you feel like being there.
The fact that the author doesn't mention Nimurel's female or male gender is great because it gives every reader the opportunity to identify or connect with the main character, whether she is a girl or a boy.
Although Nimurel sets out on his adventure with a specific purpose, because of the compassion for others, Nimurel switches plans, and a charming world is opened, revealing qualities Nimurel never knew it possessed.
The end of the story leaves you waiting for the next book.
The introduction to the story is amazingly captivating, from the very first words I got into the character's skin.
The "I-perspective " used amplifies the feeling of living one's own life throughout the events, a perspective that personally gave me great comfort, not being conditioned by gender or age, in such a way that I breathed and felt through the character's viewpoint from the beginning of the reading until the last word.
Chapter after chapter, Nimurel's story becomes a universal inspiration, where overcoming one's condition is an act of courage, of personal decision, following the impulses of an instinct still firmly rooted in every child.
Even though in the first chapter, I was confronted with a real-world of an orphanage, it was not a totally hostile environment, sweetened a little by the honey that seems to promise an escape into a magical world and warmed by the steam of the kitchen and the kindness of the canteen lady.
In my view, Nimurel reaches the first step of self-awareness during this time when confronting the dilemma of one' s origin. What Nimurel learns, due to a childish curiosity, pushes the main character towards the decision to face the unknown in order to find answers to the questions that have been haunting it all along. From here, the magical world is not long in coming. The amulet that glows in the palm is the placid light of an awakened consciousness that gives the character special powers. Reading on, I discover a brave, empathetic, and selfless character. I appreciate the inner struggle between learning more about the powers that be and being "tamed" when time presses, showing an already mature responsibility.
This is an exceptional story where good does not exclude evil, where magic includes reality, a journey to one's own senses, supported by strong olfactory accents. The smell is one of the essential senses in the struggle for survival of the species and generally establishes the degree of sympathy or aversion to someone or something. It is assumed that this olfactory sense has been drastically diminished in humans through the process of civilization, hence the loss of smell of the Myristic characters, which also became a civilization over time.
Nimurel is the guide to healing, the embrace of it gives energy, and the power of the amulets is the source of energy for the protective dome.
With a great talent for expressing yourself and a breathtaking imagination, Adora, you managed to transport me into this world of storytelling without the slightest difficulty. I read the book in a breath, without pause, forgetting that you wrote it, with even less subjectivity in what you wrote above. I predict great success for you and look forward, of course, to the sequel. I meant what I said when I said that I see already the movie because it's such a well-structured and written story that a director would find it very easy to work with your book.
As far as readers are concerned, I think that children, teenagers, and adults will enjoy your writing, as I did in my turn. I, for one, am fascinated by the idea of a character whose gender is not predefined and by the way you relate in the first person singular, and I wish, as a reader, the same in the future. I appreciate the positive message, I appreciate the professionalism with which you wrote this book, and last but not least,
I appreciate the work and energy you put into this PERFECT project. Thank you for having the confidence to share this pilot phase with me.
Kisses, I'm proud of you, and you can be too!