This book was a slow starter but stay with it. It’s an exciting romp through Polynesian mythology. It’s a mix between a Percy Jackson book and an X-files episode. At the center, it is a tale of sibling rivalry, and I can tell you if my siblings and I were telepathic we would have fought way more than these two brothers.
Sixteen-year-old Prince Ailani has always been in his brother’s shadow and feels that he is where he is destined to be. They live on the island of Hawaii, where there is an adventure, surfing, shark taming, fire walking, and even a thousand-year-old curse that they are about to unleash on their paradise. The boys discover an ancient tiki mask at a forbidden burial ground. (this sent me on a rabbit trail to watch the old Brady Bunch episode) Then without knowing it, they set about a chain of events that will send the islands of Oceana out of control. Prince Ailani must get in touch with his inner strength, and his ancestral spirit animal to overcome the obstacles ahead of him.
The part that sold me was that the author added footnotes all over to explain words that we as nonislanders may not be familiar.
It’s also free on Amazon Kindle Unlimited right now so you have nothing to lose.
The Kingdom of Oceana was sent (and autographed!!) to me by the author for an honest review.