The Secret Kingdom,by Jenny Nimmo, is the first book in the Chronicles of The Red King trilogy. The books in this trilogy are prequels to the Children of the Red King series. The stories take place in a time when the Red King was a young boy named Timoken. This story revolves around Timoken and his older sister Zobayda, two children who have been orphaned and forced out of their home.
The children embark on a treacherous journey through a vast desert to find a new home. They are aided by various fantastical creatures, including a flying being called a “forest-jinni,” a trio of magical leopards, and a talking camel named Gabar. The children are endowed with magical powers. They rely on these powers to defend themselves against enemies, including evil beings called “viridees.”
There are many likeable characters in this book, so it would be very difficult to pick a favorite. Timoken, his sister Zobayda, Gabar, and even the viridees are some of my favorites. The story is filled with action and excitement. One of my favorite parts of the book is when a flock of terrible birds wreaks havoc in the city of Toledo. Timoken uses his magical powers to stop them.
I was excited to learn that Jenny Nimmo wrote this new series of books. After the success of her Children of the Red King series, Jenny Nimmo decided to write more about the history of the mysterious Red King. This new trilogy is just as enjoyable as the original series. I would very highly recommend this book, and the rest of the trilogy, to anyone who enjoyed the Children of the Red King saga.