The Monster Realm


The Monster Realm was written by Nara Duffie and first published in 2015. It is a fantasy story about a twelve-year-old girl who braves a land of mythological creatures in order to find her missing sister. The novel forms the first part of a series and is followed by The Three Worlds (2016).

Lillian was only ten years old when her older sister, Bluebell, vanished in the night. In the two years that followed, not a trace of her was ever found. Yet as Bluebell’s birthday draws closer, Lillian gets an unfathomable urge to go and search for her sister on the beach. She’s joined in her hunt by her two best friends, Katy and Maisy.

While she doesn’t find Bluebell on the beach, she does meet a strange boy called Jack. Jack claims that her sister has travelled to Lanodeka – a subterranean world where monsters hide from people that would otherwise want to kill them. Using a magical stone medallion, he opens a passageway to the world and offers to be their guide.

Yet Lanodeka is a world that is more dangerous than any of them could have imagined. In order to reach Bluebell, the girls have to battle wood elves, rocs and even Medusa herself. The creatures of Lanodeka are preparing for war, wanting to take the human world for themselves. Soon, Lillian and her friends learn that they are the only people who may be able to stop it. That is, if they survive that long…


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