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Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Defenders of the Scroll by Shiraz

Author: Shiraz
ISBN: 978-1-4401-4480-6

A teenage boy.A dark wizard.A mystic scroll. And the fate of a world hangs in the balance. . . When Alex "the Axeman" Logan is pulled from his world to help young princess Dara save her kingdom from the Shadow Lord, he thinks there has been a mistake. He's a teen guitar player close to failing 11th grade, not some defender of the realm. All he has are some school books, his wits, and his love of fantasy movies. Overnight his life is history. Alex must confront the Shadow Lord and his minions when he is thrust into a land that has changed from a magical paradise to a barren, hopeless, helpless realm invaded by a dark army. But Alex is not alone. He has the help of Dara, a magic scroll, and a band of unlikely companions drawn from his own history books: a hardened Roman Legionnaire, a swift Japanese Samurai, a mighty African Warrior, a fiery Amazon Archer, and a spirited Shaolin Monk. Can Alex become more than he believes and lead his small band of Defenders to the Hall of Shadows, the birthplace of the Shadow Lord? The fate of the realm and everyone in it rests on him.

I admit it. I am not someone who usually likes to read sci-fi/fantasy books. When I was contacted to review this book, the blurb about it caught my interest. I thought to myself that if I want to expand my mind and read outside the normal stuff I read, then I ought to try somewhere. So I decided to give it try. I am so glad I did.
I was hooked after chapter one and I had to keep reading to find out what happens! It starts with a wizard, who is the King of Mythos, and his daughter Dara practicing magic. Eventually, we read that the King is captured and has left a secret scroll for her daughter. She has the ability to summon people to help her on her journey to save the Great Hall and her father. You will meet six heros that she ends up summoning.
The great thing about this Young Adult book is the incredible artwork that is included in the story. The author has so much detail in the writing explaining the character that the pictures just enhance what you are already picturing in your mind. A story with great attention to detail, suspense and adventure.
I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next!!


Very Good! You have to read this book!



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