Review of “Mason and Bess: The Adventure Begins”, by Diane Mason

mason & bess

A boy and his dog.

A dog and her boy.

A computer that eats them both.


Yep–they finally found him–the Tejons, evil overlords of Sanctea.  Mason’s mother, Queen Anna, had escaped from them six years before, taking Mason and Bess with her. She had wiped Mason’s memory of his first six years of life, and settled in on Earth, hoping never to be found.

But one midnight grab from spies inside the computer, and both boy and dog are whisked into another world.

What a surprise to Mason when he finds out who he is, who Beth really is, and what kinds of hardships he will encounter on his way to freeing his people from their captors.

Sneaking and dodging, they find their way through multi-colored mazes and across terrain that is finally starting to look familiar to Mason. To reach the Citadel, the two have to elude both the horrid glowing red worms and the spying Elgae. They are not terribly successful.

Fortunately for them, they have some magical abilities, which come in handy more than once.

Plus, Anna’s found her way into Sanctea again. With her two darlings in jeopardy, she is ready to put an end to the Tejons once and for all.

This was a really nice read, perfect for a young reader. The adventures that Mason and Bess have are not frightening for tweens and older–it really is a lot like a fairy tale.

The descriptions of the aliens and their cohorts were colorful and imaginative, and the whole story came to a very satisfying conclusion. A mother separated from her children is not a force to be reckoned with…

This is the first in a series of books, and I hope that they are all as good as this one.

As for me, I think I will get a cage for my computer. That’ll keep the varmints in there…

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