M.W. Sonier's Tales of the Bright Realm: The Peril of Astriel is a refreshingly light adventure book that deals with heavy subjects in beautiful way. The narration reads so that the young can understand it but the young at heart will be swept away with it as well. From a good King and Prince to an evil warlord this book has everything a reader needs to spend an enjoyable evening in another world. There is beauty and wonder, there is danger and suspense. There is a father-son relationship that is healthy and to be sought after and loyalty as used to be found of old but is sadly lacking in this day and age. It is a strong book and a deceptively simple one. The sequel can not come quickly enough. It should be read in schools!