Start Jumpers: The Lion Roars by Zoe Baxter ★★★☆☆
Genre: Middle Grade, Fantasy
Publisher: Tyne Bridge Publishing
Thanks to Rachel (Rachel’s Random Resources) for organising this blog tour. I was sent a copy of this novel for review, but all opinions are honest and my own.
Four Teens: One Quest: A World of Magic and Adventure
It was no ordinary zipwire flight. Thrust into the magical world of Hadrixia, flame-haired Zara Bulmer and her three teenage companions must thwart the Dark Ruler of Hadrixia in their quest to locate the Stone of Exerith. The fate of the Empire depends on their success…and safe return to Star Camp.
On their journey, the foursome must tangle with vicious creatures like the horn-headed Warnoks and the venomous web-tailed Tarquids. Will they succumb to the persuasive chants of the fire-loving Brozigs or be mauled to death by the tree-swinging Harnts?
The friends join forces with Hadrixian teenager, Quinn, and encounter the kindness of Semyon, an aged wizard potionmaker.
Will Zara fulfil the destiny bestowed upon her before the sun sets on the last day of July? Or will the Portwall to the Outside remain sealed, imprisoning the four intrepid teenagers in Hadrixia, consigning them to a future of chaos, destruction, or even death?
There’s only one way to find out:
Welcome to the perilous world of Hadrixia…
What a fun middle grade fantasy!
It has all the elements that are great in the genre. A rag tag group of teens, needing to save a world, with no adults to help of course. This group are not exactly friends, but are thrown together as the only hope to save this magical world they never knew existed.
We have a great mix of characters, and everyone from the cool guy to the super girly girls plays their parts and doesn’t just stick to a cliche.
This is definitely a fast paced story moving quickly through this new world. While at times it seemed to speed by a little too fast for me, I think it would be perfect for the target audience.
Overall this is a really fun read, and perfect to get readers on the younger side into a new fantasy world.
Star Jumpers: The Lion Roars is available now
About the Author
Zoe Baxter is the author of the Star Jumpers series, a fast-paced urban fantasy adventure set in the Dark Sky Park of Northumbria. An avid scribbler, she lives in a world filled with vicious and venomous creatures breathing down her neck, and has even been known to take the odd zip wire flight in the name of research.
The author is very kindly giving away a copy Star Jumpers: The Lion Roars, along with a bookmark and postcard. You can enter via Rafflecopter here (UK Only).
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