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Thursday, April 13, 2017
Kingdom of Scaba by M.K. Alsulaimani
"The Story that will blow your imagination to a whole new
Twins live relatively normal lives at home on Earth, but they
are drawn to voices in their heads asking them to “come to the party.” At the
party, they find that the partygoers are really some kind of spirits, and
before long they’re taken away to another world beneath Earth known as the Kingdom of Scaba. The twins live in the palace of the
evil king, who has recently taken the throne after the untimely demise of the
good king who preceded him. The new king uses children as slaves for his
people, and the twins are the latest to become enslaved. Some teenagers who live in the city outside the palace
are captured, and shortly afterward they band together to escape. The teens
battle with the law, are thrown in and out of jail, and tortured. However,
after some conflict, the palace children and the city children join forces.
They are instilled with mystical powers they obtained from their friends in the
fantasy world, and they triumph over the evil king. Happier and wiser for the
trip, the children are able to return to the human world.
JAMAL and his twin sister LILLIAN have
disturbing dreams and hear voices. They are ten years old and live normal lives
on Earth, but this changes when they choose to follow these voices and do as
they command. The voices say “come to the party,” which leads the kids to a
party their new next door neighbor is having. However, this neighbor turns out
to be a spirit of some sort, and so do the rest of the partygoers. Jamal and his twin are captured and unceremoniously taken through
a portal, fit onto a magic carpet, and taken down into a wondrous, fantastical
The city is in the kingdom of Scaba, and in the city there is
a great palace. The city flashes different colors, and
huge winged tigers breathe fire to keep the city warm. There are small, fluffy,
colorful dwarf ponies no bigger than cats, cobra-headed people and lion-headed
people. The snake-headed people are known as the Makash, and they dominate the
kingdom, while the lion-headed people are known as the Shakam, and they are a
lazy race that for the most part is served by the children. Elephants and
zebras are common means of transportation. The ponies are known as the Moback,
and they are fun-loving and gentle.
At the palace, Jamal and Lillian meet the king of the
Scaba, BERMUDA, a somewhat odd Shakam with a stiff tail who is very cruel and
clever. The last king, a good king, died after a trip he undertook in the human
world. He leaves behind his daughter, the PRINCESS FILDA, a Shakam, who does
not see eye to eye with Bermuda. Under Bermuda, human children have been turned
into slaves. Filda and others in Scaba adamantly oppose Bermuda, but his power
Jamal and Lillian live as palace children tending to Filda and
her kind-hearted, naïve son PRINCE DUSHAN, who is only a few years old. There
are many other palace children who have very prestigious jobs relative to their
enslavement, such as dancing, playing in the court band, and even painting.
These children eat in the food court where human food is served (the children
cannot eat the food of Scaba), and from the other kids Jamal and Lillian learn
about Scaba and its past. More importantly, they learn that they cannot escape,
although this does not deter Jamal or Lillian, who immediately begin planning how
to get away.
Soon, the twins’ escape plans are realized. They get out of
the palace without much trouble and cling to the bottom of a cart leaving town.
There are multiple gates, and they get through almost all of them but then are
discovered at the last second. However, it seems there was never any real
possibility to escape because the king has a crystal ball through which he can
see the movements of everyone outside, meaning there is no place for anyone to
hide. Moreover, Jamal and Lillian learn that even had they gotten out of town,
the only way to get back to their own world is to take a magic carpet to the
top of a hill upon which sits the portal to the human realm. The portal is
heavily guarded, and a flying carpet hard to obtain; in addition, humans cannot
pilot flying carpets, which makes it impossible for humans to hijack a