*I received a free ARC of this book via Rachel’s Random Resources blog tour. The decision to review and my opinions are my own.*
Blurb: 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…
Star Jumpers: The Lion Roars is a great contemporary take on traditional children’s fantasy adventures by authors such as Enid Blyton, C. S. Lewis and Philip Pullman.
The main characters are four teens, two boys and two girls, with differing personalities, strengths and weaknesses. At the beginning of the plot they barely know each other, but as the story progresses they begin to grow as individuals, and as a team.
The character development is excellent here. The main focus is on the quest plotline, so characterisation is touched on quickly, but we see the initial stereotypes deepen then burst open as the various dangers and hardships test the group.
I really liked the different creatures and races. The world setting is a bit confusing at first with all of the fantasy-style names: Hedrixia, Exorith, Tarquid. However I found that, as places and people were introduced and experienced in the plot, they became easily distinguishable and I could visualise the events as they unfolded.
Being a huge fan of lists and order, my favourite aspect was that of the star signs, symbols and stones. I love the idea of future installments focusing on different character journeys, and each individual having their own quest path. I also liked the quest rules and was disappointed in Zara and co’s ability to stick to any of them!
Definitely recommend this one for children and teens who love exciting fantasy adventures in a rich new imaginative world.
Rufus met Zara’s smirk, his piercing blue eyes serious. He took a moment to calm the cauldron of emotions that whipped through his veins. His future – no, the future of the whole world, this one and his own – rested on the shoulders of this fifteen-year-old girl poised before him. Unfortunately, the confident jut of her chin and the gleam of challenge in her eyes were not sufficient evidence of her abilities to allay his fears.
There was no doubt about it. The expedition his father expected Zara and her three companions to undertake would be treacherous. Its sucessful completion would demand every ounce of their strength and their wits. Rufus knew he had to choose his next few words with an equal amount of skill – for this young girl with the fiery personality had been selected by his father to lead the mission. Only Zara could accomplish this perilous quest.
– Zoe Baxter, Star Jumpers: The Lion Roars
Star Jumpers: The Lion Roars is out on Amazon right now!