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A Dispelling of Darkness

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I would highly recommend A Dispelling of Darkness to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel

I was instantly captivated by A Dispelling of Darkness, a young adult novel by author Joyce Miller. The story follows PJ, a seventh grader whose life is far from easy. She's dealing with bullying, an annoying younger brother, a distant father, and a fractured friendship. But when strange things start happening, she realizes that her problems may be even bigger than she thought. 


One day, PJ receives a mysterious letter that tells her she's been chosen to save the world. This sets her on a journey that is filled with adventure, danger, and magic. Along the way, she meets a group of animal friends who help her battle evil forces that are trying to destroy everything she loves.


Miller has created a world that is both vivid and imaginative. The descriptions of PJ's travels through time and space are captivating, and I found myself lost in the story as she discovered more about her role in saving the world. The way she weaves in different cultures and spiritual practices, like the Peruvian shaman, added another layer of depth to the story.


What I appreciated most about A Dispelling of Darkness was the message of empowerment. Despite facing some tough challenges, PJ never gives up. She perseveres, and with the help of her animal friends and the children she meets along the way, she is able to make a real difference. The book is a reminder that we all have the power to create positive change, no matter how small we may feel.


The only criticism I have is that the pacing of the story can be a bit uneven at times. Some parts of the book move quickly, while others drag on. Additionally, I found some of the dialogue to be a bit clunky and awkward. However, these small flaws are easy to overlook when you're immersed in the world that Miller has created.


Overall, I would highly recommend A Dispelling of Darkness to anyone who enjoys a good fantasy novel. It's a fun, adventurous, and thought-provoking read that will leave you feeling inspired. PJ is a character who will stick with you long after you've finished the book, and I look forward to seeing where her adventures take her next.

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About the author

A Dispelling of Darkness is Joyce's debut fiction novel. In her early career, she taught English literature and composition and later college level freshman composition. In addition to writing fiction, she works with her husband as a copyright clearance specialist and consultant. view profile

Published on September 01, 2023

50000 words

Contains mild explicit content ‚ö†ÔłŹ

Genre: Middle Grade

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