Most children have heard of the Northern Lights. Leonid Brodsky has had the misfortune of traveling through them.
In order to help his family during difficult economic times in 19th century tsarist Russia, Leo Brodsky, a timid twelve-year old, stubbornly attempts to negotiate a lucrative agreement with the Kremlin’s nobility. His defiance of the Grand Duke and Governor of Moscow results in his implausible and bewildering transportation through the Aurora Borealis and leaves him banished in a forbidden land at the hands of the Kremlin’s alchemist.
Stuck in a dimension of wonder, where tree branches are covered with feathers, birds are covered in leaves, flying plants pollinate without the help of insects, and crabapples are actually crabs and apples, Leo discovers that it is also a land of terror where he encounters mythical creatures and is chased by hungry serpents, goblins, gnoblings, pixies, drows, and hellhounds during his attempt to find a legendary beast believed to be the most terrible in the land; a beast who is the only one that holds the secret to Leo’s return home.
During these life-threatening encounters, he learns not only of the real reason behind his banishment to the strange land, but also of the destiny that awaits him in his journey to discover the love, strength, and courage within.
Written as a fiction novel for the Middle-Grade and Young Adult categories, Leo Brodsky and the Unimaginable: The Bogs of Betrayal is the first in a four book fiction-fantasy series comparable in genre to published titles such as The Golden Compass, Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, Narnia, and the Spiderwick Chronicles, bringing with it a fresh approach to fiction-fantasy by incorporating elements of history, cultural diversity, and folklore from around the world.