Jason Walker has often wished his life could be a bit less predictable--until a routine day at the zoo ends with Jason suddenly transporting from the hippo tank to a place unlike anything he's ever seen. In the past, the people of Lyrian welcomed visitors from the Beyond, but attitudes have changed since the wizard emperor Maldor rose to power. The brave resistors who opposed the emperor have been bought off or broken, leaving a realm where fear and suspicion prevail.In his search for a way home, Jason meets Rachel, who was also mysteriously drawn to Lyrian from our world. With the help of a few scattered rebels, Jason and Rachel become entangled in a quest to piece together the word of power that can destroy the emperor, and learn that their best hope to find a way home will be to save this world without heroes.This is a fun MG/YA book for both boys and girls. As the character is only 13 years of age, I don't think it would appeal to the older YA crowd. This is a great introduction to fantasy for the younger set and even though it is 464 pages, I think they will have fun with a young kid besting several warriors and journeying on a quest with Jason and Rachel. Not only do they have to solve a puzzle in the form of a magical word, they have to learn who to trust and how to trust each other. Plus, Jason is from CO, which is a big plus in my book. ;)
Not only was there constant struggle and adventure to keep your interest, but there was also a twist ending for this book. One that I quite enjoyed. The villan is not predictable and easy to read as in some MG/YA books and that is what I loved about it. Unfortunately, it is a cliffhanger! *shakes fist* So, I warn you, if you read this book, you will want to know what happens next.
I give this book 4 stars. I recommend it to young readers of adventure. It will be published March 22, 2011
I was given this ebook by the publisher and no compensation for my review was given.