Many-coloured Realm is a young-adults fantasy novel by Australian author Anne Hamilton. As with many fantasies, it follows the adventures of a human from our world who has passed into an alternate fantasy world.
The world in which the protagonist, Robby, finds herself in has quite a unique feeling to it. There is a lot going on in this world, and in the early parts of the book it can feel a bit disorienting, but this fits in well with the disorientation that Robby is feeling. There is a great deal of backstory and history which is explained in the middle of the book. This backstory goes on for quite a while, but it never feels like an info-dump. In fact that was one of the very compelling parts of the book.
There are a great many characters in Many-Coloured Realm and it does take a little concentration to keep track of them all.
I found this story surprising. At first I thought it was going to be nothing more than a children’s fairytale, but I continued to see deeper and deeper levels to it. The story explores all kinds of themes and ideas. There is also plenty of spiritual analogy, though it isn’t as blantant as in the Narnia books by C.S. Lewis. There is also plenty of educational content on a variety of subjects.
I never really knew where things were leading in this story, it kept be guessing right up until the end.
I recommend this book to anyone who is young at heart.