Adventure, magic and general mayhem follow Nat, her brother Jack, little sister Kathleen, and their crew of friends.
Aimed at a younger audience, this YA story still delivers for adults. If you can look past the youthful protagonist and simpler plot and tone, you’ll find a rich cultural adventure that highlights some of New Zealand’s heritage and caving fun.
As the kids search for Sinbad’s treasure they meet enemies, magical creatures, and make a range of new friends. Couple this with some fantastic caving adventures, and characters making logical choices and possessing sound thought processes and you’ve got yourself a winner.
I’d have liked a bit more explanation of the magical elements of the story, they added a nice touch, but felt a little glossed over. For someone who hasn’t been to NZ, I feel a little more information would have made it truly shine. Though there is a glossary of terms at the end, I didn’t feel that was enough.
My favorite character was Pi, his cute antics were a delightful pace changer. It was also nice to see an animal companion that wasn’t a cat or dog.
The Secret of Sinbad’s Cave is a little outside my reading preferences, but I still enjoyed this playful romp through the NZ countryside.
I noticed no errors as I was reading, but the copy I got had atrocious formatting on the kindle, with sentences and paragraphs breaking mid sentence. Also, chapters did not start on a new page.
I would definitely recommend this for young readers.
**Note: I was provided an electronic copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**