From the Author
From the Inside Flap
Then, after the sky lights up with an omen, the unthinkable happens. Jack and the other young wizards are captured by the evil queen of Vastia. Together Aldwyn, Skylar and Gilbert must save them–but how?
On their thrilling quest across the land, the familiars will face dangerous foes, unearth a shocking centuries old secret, and discover a mysterious destiny that will change them all forever.
Their magical adventure–an irresistible blend of real heart, edge-of-your seat action, and laugh-aloud humor–is an unforgettable tale of fantasy and friendship.
From the Back Cover
“I see the worry on your faces, but fear not. Heroism appears in many forms,” said the old wizard in a whisper. “Not always man or woman, but also fur, feather, and tongue.”
About the Author
ADAM JAY EPSTEIN spent his childhood in Great Neck, New York, while ANDREW JACOBSON grew up in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, but the two met in a parking garage out in Los Angeles. They have been writing for film and television together ever since. This is their first book.
- Reading level: Ages 9-12
- Hardcover: 368 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins; 1st edition (September 7, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0061961086
ABSOLUTELY LOVED IT
This is a perfectly woven tale that should appeal to everyone! The story centers around three animal familiars who have magical capabilities (think the triumvirate of Harry Potter) and their human loyals. Familiars have been in story telling as long as there have been witches and are creatures who bond with humans and assist them in casting spells. Aldwyn, an alley cat on the run, hides in a magical pet store where he is quickly adopted by Jack and meets other familiars. Gilbert the tree frog (paging Gilbert Gottfried) and Skylar, a smug know-it-all blue jay. The three must come together to save the humans from the evil familiar of the queen. After reading about the queen’s evil hare, I was immediately reminded of Senator Kevin, the bunny of the apocalypse from the Prickly City comic strip.
The story, like all good fairy tales, involves a quest and the three must find the answers to some riddles in order to find elements that will help them defeat Paksahara, the evil hare. There is comic relief woven in with edge of your seat action that will have you finishing this book in no time! I really think that this book could be read aloud to a younger child and it would be enjoyable for both reader and listener. I can really see this made into a movie much like the Secret of Nimh. This will really appeal to readers of the Tale of Desperaux and the Spiderwick Chronicles.