Author: Atticus Krum
Genre: Middle Grade
A forbidden journey. A secret agenda. A mysterious object.
When Thutter McClutter, a young Glade-dwelling shrew, willingly decides to break the ancient Code and cross into the shadowy darkness of the great Woode, he is certain that seeing the mysterious Solkreat is the goal. But as he and his friends near the curious Creature, an altogether different agenda is exposed. One of his fellow adventurers wants the magic hogseye. However, the powerful and wicked Beastmonger also covets the enchanted object, and he will stop at nothing to get it—not even murder.
A story of true friendship, lasting faith, and willing sacrifice, The Taming is the first installment of the Refuge Chronicles—an adventurous trilogy about a young shrew, his newly-discovered purpose, and the ancient conflict between Light and Darkness.
The Taming is an interesting novel for kids and middle graders. The characters are funny and entertaining, especially main character “Thutter McClutter” – what a hilarious name. The story is also filled with all kinds of subtle messages teaching the kids right and wrong, and to believe in themselves and in a higher power.
The cover is quirky, but I’d prefer some more action, especially since the book has plenty of action scenes. It was an easy, quick read, enjoyable for adults, but certainly highly entertaining for kids.