- Author: Durriya Kapasi
- Genre: Fantasy
- Paperback: 169 pages
- Publisher: HALF BAKED BEANS (22 November 2018)
Solomon, who is a genie and human hybrid, discovers his supernatural powers and a truth hidden from him for twenty years. His ordinary life turns into an adventure, full of never-ending challenges and responsibilities when his foster father is kidnapped and his biological father’s kingdom and legacy are threatened. Will Solomon step into the land of the genies to save his loved ones? Will he accept his fate as the heir of Neverfound Land? Neverfound Land is a heartwarming tale of a young man taking control of his destiny.
Solomon, the protagonist of this book, is the son of the genie Khalil and human Daisy. So, he is a half-human character who possesses special powers. The book is entirely revolving around him and his encounters with bad genies.
The book starts off where Once upon a Genie ended. It is a sequel which has an eerie setting of an unheard land with equally strange occupants which is the NEVER FOUND LAND. Solomon has to fight against the enemies of his clan to protect the earth. He has to get the land rid of negative energies for the people to survive and thrive merrily. In this process, he comes across several bewildering truths related to his birth and existence. Darren, the non-biological father of Solomon, is my favorite character. The selflessness he displays in supporting his best-friend Daisy and her child with the genie Khalil is praiseworthy.
The book is composed of beautiful words which have been woven to produce an amazing narrative. I loved how the language has been put to use. The plotline itself is magical with strange characters such as fortune tellers, talking tree, Ghuls, etc. In fact, you look at the cover of the book and gosh! you would be smitten by wits splendor. It is totally wonderful. What disappointed me was the pace of the story. Initially, there was a lot of chaos. In the flick of the moment, the settings and the actions of the characters were changing. My brain had to take its own time to adjust to the flow of the book. Solomon grew up quickly and suddenly, he was attending University and then he is protecting his father’s kingdom. I got distracted and caught in the reading slump where the topic of emotional scenario comes into the picture. For example, when Darren is abducted and Solomon consoles his mother, when Solomon meets his father Khalil, etc. Those scenes could have been described in a more refined manner. In all, the book is captivating for its imagination quotient but fails to engage the reader with a loose narration. I do see a great potential in the polished version of this book given its amazing language.
For those of you, who wish to indulge in some light imaginative reading with supernatural characters, go for this book!
MY RATING: 3/ 5
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