The Island of Apples; Book I of the Otherworld Saga
The circumstances of Bridget Morgan's birth have never been clear to her. She always just assumed she was born and put up for adoption like any other child, and very quickly was adopted by the loving, Morgan family who she has accepted as her own family for the past 13 years. Although, she has always felt a little different from everyone else, especially her peers at school. Little did she know those circumstances hold the key to a world she never knew existed; Otherworld.
In the Otherworld Saga's first installment, "The Island of Apples", come along with Bridget as she navigates newfound powers of witchcraft, the details of her past, and ultimately steps into a breathtakingly magical world. Otherworld is home to the Otherworld Academy for Mortal Witches in which Bridget is whisked away to with the help of Hermes (yes, THAT Hermes). Otherworld is full of all of the gods and goddesses that Bridget has been reading about her whole life, and even others she had never known existed, let alone were real.
Enter now the fully-realized world of the Otherworld Saga, and prepare to see myth and magic in ways you never have before!
Reviewed By K.C. Finn for Readers’ Favorite:
"The Island of Apples is a work of fiction in the fantasy, mythological, and adventure sub-genres, and was penned by author K. W. Gage. Written as the opening novel to the Otherworld Saga, we find ourselves on a fantastic journey suitable for middle-grade aged readers and upwards. Our protagonist is thirteen-year-old Bridget Morgan, who has never really questioned her life before adoption because her family has always been great. But when circumstances force her to discover the truth about her birth, Bridget finds herself whisked away to an incredible world where every mythical person and creature she ever read about really does exist. Otherworld is filled with magic, and Bridget belongs there.
Author K. W. Gage has crafted a truly engaging and whimsical fantasy tale that will captivate younger readers and could also be a fantastic classroom read for larger groups to enjoy and discuss. One of the things which I liked about the construction of the work was the inclusion of so many different familiar figures from mythological and historical cultures around the world, which makes the world as educational as it is exciting. The magic of Otherworld makes good sense within its own lore, and the narration makes you feel as though you’re learning all these new things right alongside Bridget, which will deliver a really immersive experience to the reader. Alongside this, there’s stellar character creation, lovely new friends, and a well-arranged series of plot events, which overall makes The Island of Apples a highly recommended children’s read."