Ti and the Magical Key: How it all began by Dana Popov, Marc Evans



The author sent me a copy (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review.


My rating:  5  of  5  stars

(by Goodreads)

In search of the magical key the young boy Ti encounters many exciting adventures. Together with his friend, a 95 years old sea turtle, they travel to breathtaking beaches and mysterious places. This thrilling journey leads them to an abandoned town where another riddle awaits them.

A wonderful story about friendship, courage and happiness, with images that make you want to pack your travel bag.


Genre(s):  Children’s, Folk Tales

Series:  Ti and the Magical Key, #1

Length:  36 pages

Release Date:  2015-05-28



He sat down and played his favourite song that the old man had taught him years before on his golden shell. His mind was flooded by memories of the stories about his grandfather’s adventures through a magical place where he had met many delightful creatures.


My Opinion

This book introduces you to Itzamna. In a meeting of the highest Mayan gods, it is decided to hide THE KEY. The great Shaman Tat is requested to hide THE KEY’s segments in places where Kukulkan will never find them.

With Ti and the Magical Key: How it all began, Dana Popov and Marc Evans have created a suspenseful story of a young boy ordered to search the magical key. Ti and his new friend are believable and lovingly described; if you were not a turtle fan before – you might become one, now. It is a great story about friendship, suitable for children aged 6+. The story has a very pleasant flow, cute drawings assisting the plot line. Ti and the Magical Key: How it all began is a very enjoyable read – not only for children.

This is for you and/or your children if you like children’s adventures and/or folk tales with a slightly educational touch.

Highly recommended.

In brief:

Writing Great
Plot Some twists
Mood Suspenseful
Pace Steady
Characters Developed
Violence No violence
Sexual content No sexual content
POV Third person


About the author

Dana Popov and Marc Evans are the authors of “Ti and the Magical Key™”. For almost 13 years they have been partners and working together on several projects. Dana was born in Germany and has a law- and financial planning back round.
Marc from Quebec/Canada studied communication.
Their writing is inspired by their daughter who loves books. This story came alive by the cultural surrounding of their home of choice, Mexico.

We started the story of Ti and the Magical Key™ back in 2007 with the intention of bringing awareness to the tourists in what is today called the Riviera Maya. We had focused especially on the Mayan culture and the environment in this area however we never completed the story.
Being a parent with a daughter who loves her books no matter if they are in English, Spanish, French or German inspired us to have a look again at Ti. We finished the first story in 6 weeks and are already close to finish the second one. There is a time for everything so it seems.


Connect with the Author:


Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading.  Now I am asking you.  🙂

My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you?  What did you think about Ti and the Magical Key: How it all began?  Or – if you did not yet read Ti and the Magical Key: How it all began – are you now interested in reading it yourself?

My question for you cinephiles:
If Ti and the Magical Key: How it all began was filmed or to be put on stage – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?

I am looking forward to reading your comments.  🙂


4 thoughts on “Ti and the Magical Key: How it all began by Dana Popov, Marc Evans

  1. Pingback: Ti and the Magical Key: Where the sky is born by Dana Popov | My train of thoughts on…

Leave a reply :-)

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.