Verdict: A DEWDROP AWAY is an engaging and uplifting fantasy story encourages equality, humility and the pursuit of light.
A charming adventure, A DEWDROP AWAY translates the struggle of good versus evil into the squirrel land of Arborland and follows three key protagonists as they discover the truth about their land.
Broken up into three distinct arcs, A DEWDROP AWAY chronicles the struggles of the land of Arborland and its furry inhabitants as darkness ebbs and flows. Rupert, a gray squirrel has lived his entire life under the reign of the evil black squirrels. For him there is no true thought of change until dreams begin to haunt him and Zirreo, a wise old white squirrel with hidden gifts sets him on a quest that will forever change the course of Aborland’s history. On his quest to save not only grey, but all squirrels from an unseen darkness, Rupert encounters both friend and foe and discovers that the best things don’t come easily.
A DEWDROP AWAY finds its strength in the plot. While the story does feel truncated at times, the overall idea is very strong and the morals it presents are worth reading. The little details Allen adds to depict this fantasy world are charming and work with the underlying themes of good and evil. The plot of A DEWDROP AWAY, though rich in detail and character, is hampered by the way the story is cut into three separate parts. Each part has enough of an arc that, with some additions, it could stand alone as its own novel. The way they stand now, each part has so much potential but feels like it needs more time to develop. More than once Allen cuts out just as an exciting scene is about to start and cuts back in hours later where the characters casually mention the action and resolution. It’s an odd choice that leaves the reader feeling a little let down.
A DEWDROP AWAY is an engaging and uplifting fantasy story encourages equality, humility and the pursuit of light.