Wednesday, December 22, 2010

The Jumper Chronicles: Quest for Merlin's Map by W.C. Peever

Title: The Jumper Chronicles: Quest for Merlin's Map
Author: W.C. Peever
Publisher: Savant Books and Publications
Paperback, 278 pages
Date Published: December 25, 2010 (Originally published July 23, 2010)

Description (Taken from Goodreads):
Charlie is an awkward twelve-year old living a normal life till he is abducted and thrust into a world of ever-looming danger, a world of Magic, of Angry Gods, and Creatures that are should only exist inside of fairytales. 

Charlie and his three friends must unravel the mysteries of their new found abilities, save the father Charlie has never known, and uncover a secret that will change their lives forever.

Charlie Burrows is a normal 12 year old boy with a normal 12 year old best friend named Bailey. The two of them have grown up together in the seaside town of Marblehead, Massachusetts. Both of them have no idea where their dads disappeared to when they were mere toddlers, but the arrival of a strange man shakes up their seemingly normal world as they’re spirited to a far-away castle and a world they never knew existed.

Peever has done something that rivals the likes of J.K. Rowling and Rick Riordan. Charlie’s story is vast in nature and magical in its telling. Not only does Charlie discover a world hidden within our world, but he also discovers how pivotal a role he could play.

The students at Thornfield Academy all have special abilities. These abilities can range from being a Guardian, to telekinesis, to the rare power of invisibility, and then to the even rarer ability to Jump from dimensions and maybe even time. I’ll give you one guess at what Charlie’s ability is. Yep, he’s a Jumper, as was his long lost dad. This rare ability may herald the coming of a new age, and for Charlie, that means he will be highly sought after; for both good and evil.

The world that Peever has created is layered in Norse mythology, Arthurian legends, and some sci-fi alternate dimensions/parallel universes. He flawlessly weaves these elements into Charlie’s life and makes it entirely compelling and unputdownable. Not only does the story boast of wonderfully vivid and fantastical elements, but the characters are well-developed with their own nuances and intricacies.

Charlie and Bailey make quite the best friend duo, in that they complement in each other in every which way. They are fiercely loyal to one another and love with a passion. Where Charlie is a more shy boy, Bailey is a brash, in your face kind of girl. She’s one tough cookie and, as it turns out, that is exactly what Charlie needs in his best friend. Thornfield opens up the possibility of new friendships and along comes Mick, a gruff older boy with a tendency to care for the underdog. His new role as Guardian means more to him than just keeping Charlie safe – he makes friends for life. Then there’s Tillie…

The gorgeous girl that Charlie begins eyeing sort of throws a wrench into the workings of this newfound group of friends and I’ll admit that Tillie’s relationship with an older boy really bothered me. She’s twelve and this boy is a seventh year, making him 17ish? But I really did enjoy the tension she brings to the group and how, even though she could easily be viewed as competition to Bailey, that avenue is never explored. Bailey is Charlie’s best friends, no questions asked.

The Jumper Chronicles: Quest for Merlin’s Map is well-written, entertaining and thriving with fantastical elements, Arthurian legends, and several history lessons hidden amongst the adventure. Any fan of Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, or fantasy novels in general will be absolutely absorbed in Charlie’s tale. I was and I’m more than excited to see where Charlie’s adventures will lead to next.

Opening line: The wind howled outside the small, colonial-blue, seacoast home of Daniel Burrows, as February bared its teeth in the small New England town of Marblehead. ~ pg. 5

Favorite lines: “Time was never meant to be tampered with. Left alone, it should go on forever. But with many different realities all using the same fabric of time…” ~ pg. 81
*This review is my honest opinion and I received no monetary compensation from it.

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Rachel Star said...

Great review! This sounds a pretty awesome fantasy read, I'll keep an eye out for it :)
Rachel Star

~The Book Pixie said...

I already had this on my wishlist but, WOW! You review makes it sound really amazing and I can't wait to get my hands on it! Thanks for the awesome review! :D


Coffee and a Book Chick said...

I always need a good book to pick up for my niece and nephew -- and with Christmas on Saturday, this sounds to be a good option! Thanks!

Alyssa@Teens Read and Write said...

Wow, so much packed into this one. I've got this on my shelf and can't wait to read it! Thanks for the review!

Bere said...

Excellent review, Nikki! This one sounds fantastic. The cover looks great too. I will definitely keep an eye out for this one. Thanks, Nikki =].

Nikki (Wicked Awesome Books) said...

Nieces and nephews alike will enjoy this one. It has something for everyone in it.

And Bere, the cover was actually was actually chosen through a contest that the author held, which makes it even more awesome (in my opinion).

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