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The Relic of Perilous Falls

Title: The Relic of Perilous Falls
Author: Raymond Arroyo
Series: Will Wilder
Recommended for: Adventure-loving children who want more Harry Potter, or who have read everything Rick Riordan’s ever written. Grades 4 and up.
Pages: 318
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION ARROYO, R.

Synopsis: 

Will Wilder seems to be a rather ordinary boy—albeit one clever enough to make his own catapult—until a series of odd events leads to the unleashing of an ancient evil, and the discovery that even the most ordinary of people can hide extraordinary powers.

Will is a believable hero: a typical boy, with common flaws and strengths. He is, to put it mildly, pig-headed and stubborn, and easily swayed by argument; he does, however, have a good heart, and is certainly not lazy or ill-intentioned.

I liked the pace of the adventures, and the cliff-hanger chapters kept my interest. However, the writing did feel a bit clunky at times, as though the author hadn’t yet grown comfortable with this genre. As sequels come, however, I’m sure the lumps and bumps will get smoothed out, and the children clamoring for “SOMETHING ELSE” after Percy Jackson or Harry Potter simply won’t notice or care in this case.

It is a bit dark at times, and might be a bit much for very sensitive readers (crocodile monsters and narrow escapes abound,) but in this battle of Good and Evil, the light always triumphs, and there is nothing a Harry Potter or Percy Jackson fan won’t be able to handle.

We’ll see where this goes; I’d like to see who’s running the show, and leading the good guys, for starters! By the end of the first book, we know who’s in charge of the bad guys, but we’ve only been introduced to individual members of the good, and not much has been revealed about the Brethren.

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Posted by on September 29, 2016 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv, Mysteries, Scary, Sci-Fi, Uncategorized

 

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The Sword of Summer

MagnusChaseTitle: The Sword of Summer
Author: Rick Riordan
Series: Magnus Chase and the Gods of Asgard
Recommended for: 4th- 8th Grade
Pages: 512 pages
Call Number/Link:  J FICTION RIORDAN, R.

Synopsis: Magnus Chase has always been a troubled kid. Since his mother’s mysterious death, he’s lived alone on the streets of Boston, surviving by his wits, keeping one step ahead of the police and the truant officers.
One day, he’s tracked down by an uncle he barely knows—a man his mother claimed was dangerous. Uncle Randolph tells him an impossible secret: Magnus is the son of a Norse god.
The Viking myths are true. The gods of Asgard are preparing for war. Trolls, giants and worse monsters are stirring for doomsday. To prevent Ragnarok, Magnus must search the Nine Worlds for a weapon that has been lost for thousands of years.
When an attack by fire giants forces him to choose between his own safety and the lives of hundreds of innocents, Magnus makes a fatal decision.
Sometimes, the only way to start a new life is to die . . .

I knew going in it was another teenage boy finding out his father was a god, but how many times can you go with that story line.  Well, if you are Rick Riordan you can do this as many times as you like.  This is another great series with action, adventure and a magic sword going up giantess’s noses.  When reading Percy Jackson I had a great knowledge of Greek and Roman Mythology and so I enjoyed seeing those gods and goddess with modern twists.  I have no Norse Mythology knowledge, (I don’t think watching Thor counts) but I felt like enough info was given that I was able to enjoy the sarcasm. Rick Riordan is great with the sarcastic characters. The group dynamics is interesting, their is Blitzen, a fashion savvy dwarf, Hearthstone, an elf who is deaf, and Samirah, a Valkyrie that is a teenage hijab-wearing muslim girl.

 
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Posted by on November 5, 2015 in Adventure, Fantasy, Juv

 

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