Today it’s my stop on the BlogTour for Book 1 in the Star Jumpers series, The Lion Roars by Zoe Baxter. It’s an exciting fantasy adventure featuring a group of unsuspecting teenagers, as the unintentional soldiers in a fight, which has nothing to do with them.
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.
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About the book
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?
It’s an exciting fantasy adventure featuring a group of unsuspecting teenagers, as the unintentional soldiers in a fight, which has nothing to do with them. Friendships are formed quickly, as they resign themselves to the quest of retrieving a magical stone. A stone that will help to restore peace in a kingdom ravaged by greedy oppressors.
There are interesting parallels between our world and this fantasy world, especially when it comes to natural resources. Destroying food, polluting the world with no regard for any future generations. Stripping the world bare of any and all resources we need to survive and poisoning the rest. Sound familiar? Might not be so different in other worlds after all.
This is a read you can buy for children (over 10 and up) and older readers. It is a fantasy adventure featuring a group of teenagers, as they are propelled into a battle and a quest to free a country from oppression. Not just any old country, a place you can only gain access to via portals, which apparently are now in the middle of activity parks. Might need to watch out for that, not sure I want to accidentally end up travelling to goodness knows where.
I enjoyed the way Baxter just thrust the reader and characters straight into the midst of the adventure they embark upon. Without preamble – just jumping right into the fray. I think the characters are just as surprised as the reader, when a zip-line turns out to be a portal to another world.
It is certainly fast-paced and has a lot of potential, especially when the future tasks they have to achieve or conclude to get their friends to safety, are plenty and seem insurmountable. I am sure Zara, Oscar, Fergus and Aimie will be up to the task, even if it means jumping off a mountain to regain entry into Hadrixia.
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