Dan, Antigone, and Cyrus Smith have had a rough couple of years. Their father died at sea, their mother is in a coma, and they had to sell their home in California to move to Wisconsin. Now Dan looks after Antigone and Cyrus, as well as, the Archer, the motel they now own and operate.
After a strange man arrives at the Archer one night, demanding Cyrus’ room, the Archer is destroyed and Dan is kidnapped by an evil man named Maxi. Now, in order to rescue their brother, Cyrus and Antigone must join an ancient and secret society of explorers and protectors.
The madman who kidnapped Dan is after something, a rare artifact known as the Dragon’s Tooth, a blade with the power to raise the dead or kill the immortal. The Dragon’s Tooth was entrusted to Cyrus, without knowing who to trust, it falls to Cyrus and Antigone to keep it safe. But at what cost?
This is an amazing adventure, fantasy novel.
The characters are easy to relate to and their personalities are colorful and unique. The main setting is a perfect blend of realistic locations and fantastical imaginations.
The writing itself is well constructed and flows easily. It was able to pull me in and keep me turning pages.
My greatest complaint about this entire novel is that there were so many unanswered questions. By the end of the novel, I had so many questions about many of the characters and artifacts that I felt like something was missing. At the same time, this also made me want to read book two that much more.
I really and truly enjoyed this novel. It was unlike any middle school novel I have read recently. I cannot wait to read book two.
I would recommend this novel to fans of Indiana Jones and Artemis Fowl. I believe this would be a great novel for a young reader looking for a unique and exciting adventure.
I bought my copy of this novel from bookoutlet.com and have received permissions from the publishers at Penguin Random House to use an image of the cover artwork above.
Aldwyn lives the life of a skilled alley cat. Over the years he has learned a great deal about the city of Bridgetower and the people that live there. One day, after trying to steal a fish from a local merchant, Aldwyn finds himself on the run from the notorious, cat hating, bounty hunter, Grimslade. Aldwyn hides himself away in a pet shop. Though he escapes the bounty hunter, he quickly finds himself in a whole new situation when a young wizard in training chooses him to be his familiar.
Aldwyn is suddenly thrust into a whole new world, there is only one problem; Aldwyn doesn’t have any magic. In order to remain with Jack, Aldwyn will have to convince the other familiars that he does have magic.
When the three wizards in training are kidnapped, Aldwyn and the other two familiars are the only ones left to save them. The familiars begin their dangerous quest to save their loyals.
Familiars are far from a new concept. Witches have been flying around with their little black cats forever. These three familiars are quite interesting. Skylar is a bird with a truly impressive knowledge of magic and history. Gilbert is a tree frog with a desire to prove himself to his father. Aldwyn is an alley cat who, over the years, has developed impressive survival skills, but no magic of his own.
Their quest to save their loyals takes place in a mere three days, but is filled with obstacles, adventure, and unique settings.
I enjoyed reading this novel. The story is well written and entertaining. The plot line is unique, adventurous, and inviting.
I borrowed this copy of the novel from my step-daughter who recommended it to me. I have permission from the publishers to use the cover artwork image above.
Middle Grade Reviews
Middle grade novels hold a special place in this world as they help children to transition into their teenage years and help to shape and mold who they will become.
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