Defenders of The Scroll - Shiraz
Received from the author for review.
Synopsis from the Barnes & Noble website:
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 a young princess, named 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 fearless 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 wasn't sure what I would think of this book at the beginning. It's a little out of my normal reading genre, but I have to say I really enjoyed this.
Your typical good vs. evil theme with all kinds of great characters along the way. The little girl who holds great power. A teenage boy sucked into the world to protect her, even though he's the furthest thing from a warrior. The nifty ability to pull things and people from the history books that came with him.
The book is full of rich characters, fantastic adventures and danger all the way through it. It even has pirates! So much fun!
I think this is a book kids would love to delve into and experience. As a matter of fact when the book arrived my oldest son grabbed it and told me he got to read it first, and when he gave it back to me a few days ago he told me he really liked it.
I didn't realize it was the beginning of a series until I got to the end, so I look forward to reading book 2 when it comes out. I'm anxious to see what adventures will come next for Dara and Alex.