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June 20, 2019

My Rating - 4 out of 5 stars
Publisher - Notion Press
Genre - Young Adult
Publishing year - 2019
Language - English
ISBN - 978-1-64546-533-1
Pages - 136

My Review - 

Dreams are an important part of our life. It has the potential to change the direction of one's life. CLI: The Colt by Kling Johnson is about a feral and his fantasy. The cover page depicts the CLI's character, which looks gratifying. It is the author's debut book.

CLI is clever, brave, and a well-built horse. He wants to assist the King of Mysore, just like his grandfather, Herold. CLI lives in Ooty, and life is pretty good there, with his parents; but something is missing. CLI wants to go to Mysore, but his parents are never allowed. One night, he met with an accident and woke up in a Madhumalai Tiger Reserve. It proves to be the turning point in CLI's life. He has to choose to go back home or cross the forest filled with deadly animals and go to his ultimate destination, to fulfill his dream. 

He faces many challenges in his quest, followed by huge animals, crossed paths with a smuggler named Chinna Veerappan. He overcomes his fears, makes new friends, and reached his dream destination, the Mysore Palace. CLI learns the truth about his grandfather on his journey. But will he become a part of the royal stable? Will he be able to change his fate or lost in the city? To know the answers, you need to read the book.

Kling Johnson portrays the Mysore Dasara celebration and its beauty in an elaborative manner. The author outlines the rich cultural heritage with the utmost clarity. He represents the struggle of animals and their desires. CLI's determination is admirable.

The language is eloquent, and the author uses commendable vocabulary. The narration is smooth, and I like the conversation between CLI and the mules. The dog, Freddy, and his pack make me smile. A few grammatical errors are found. 

The author succeeds in creating a fantasy world where one can enjoy every tiny detail, but I also felt the need to read more about Subhadra and other animals. It is a light read and hooked the readers from start to end. The book is suitable for teenagers as well as youngsters. I recommend it. 

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  1. Thank you very much for such a wonderful , honest review. thanks for the lovely 4 twinkling stars.