Review from Micki Peluso, writer, journalist, reviewer and author of . . .AND THE WHIPPOORWILL SANG.

Posted: November 28, 2011 in Uncategorized

Ameca J, a typical, disgruntled teenager, picks up her younger sister, ten-year- old Fraya, from school, taking their Bichon Frise, dog, Tilly with her for the walk. Arguing all the way through the woods toward their home, they come upon a clearing where a strange figure glows with an inhuman aura. Brave Fraya and little Tilly are not showing signs of fear, even as the oddity reaches out for them. Ameca screams and grabs Fraya’s hand just as the apparition touches her. Instantly, the two plus Tilly are whisked away into another world.

 Their father, at forty one has bits of silver in his hair, is unhappy in his work, grumbles over idiots and junk mail, but loves science and new discoveries. Paul gets a call from his wife, saying she has to work late and to feed the kids, which translates to fast food take out. He decides to meet his girls along their journey from school; at first enjoying the beauty of the woods along the way, but he soon panics over not finding Ameca and Fraya. The forest becomes unusually quiet . . . until the music starts–or something like music. He hopes the source of the sounds might be someone who’s seen his girls. Instead, he comes upon a glowing figure. He feels compelled to go toward it, drawn like a magnet, and reaches out his hand. Shazam! Once again the clearing is empty.

 The girls and dog find themselves at the top of a hill crowned with colorful flowers, near a huge mountain that appears to reach the sky. Within minutes, Ameca is yelling at Fraya for getting them into this predicament, oblivious of the young girl’s tears, while wondering what they should do. A voice, not belonging to either girl, suggests heading towards the nearby woods. The voice speaks again, seeming to come from Tilly, even though the dog’s mouth is not moving. Tilly explains that she could always talk—they just weren’t able to hear her before. Fraya, of course, is thrilled; most ten-year-olds are in tune with believing the unbelievable. But Ameca feels Tilly is speaking through their minds–with more than a touch of attitude.

 Their father ends up in a different place filled with menace. The door of an old house opens as huge killer wolf-like beasts rush past him unseen, also searching for his daughters. Paul, unaware of their intentions walks into the now empty evil house. Glancing through a window, he sees twin yellow moons shining down upon him and decides to pick up an antiquated weapon nearby. Certain that he’s no longer on Earth, he leaves the grotesque house to check out the area. Oblivious to the fact that his daughters and him are “the One, the Flame and the Flower”, foretold by the High Magi, Merindus, as saviors of this world and their own, he continues his search.

 Paul falls asleep in the bushes of the forest, awakening to the sight of a tall man with long white hair and pointed ears. Artrayor the elf has been out searching for Werethralls, the beasts that had not seen Paul near the old house. The elf speaks of his lovely lands, living apart from men, until the arrival of the evil menace, the Scelestus, who planned to destroy them. The Elfen made an alliance with the High Magi Menindus, who united armies of men to destroy the Scelestus and the Werethralls. What no one had realized at first, captured warriors were transformed into Werethralls, increasing the vast horde of invasive evil bent on destroying the beauty of Mythrania. While armies of men and elfen battled across the plains, Menindus used his magic to destroy the Scelestus . . . or so they all thought.

 Paul Xavier Jones writes with passion and humor as he relates the battles, trickery and magic of an unknown world. His characters are charming (the good ones) and all are well developed. Pages turn fast in this exciting, albeit gory fantasy. Jones has that unique ability to draw his readers into the mythical land of elfen, dragons, and monster bats, amidst royalty and High Magic; enchanting and entertaining both young adults and people of all ages for years to come. The chilling ending will have readers reaching for the second book of this enticing series: Ameca J and the Revenge of Rex-Ultar.

  1. David Knight says:

    Great review Paul (that Micki has written)….wishing you much luck with the book and series!.

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