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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Ameca J and the Legacy of Menindus - Paul Xavier Jones

Released October 2012

Paul Xavier Jones
Storyteller Publishing

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Surprisingly, I found myself intrigued and hooked in Paul Xavier Jones' Ameca J. and the Legacy of Menindus.  I'm not usually a fan of fantasy, but something about this book drew me in. The horrific creatures, enjoyable characters, and pace of the writing all seemed spot on. By the ending, I was eager to jump right in to the second book in the trilogy, though it won't be available for a few months.

Ameca J, as she prefers to be called, is sick of having to watch her younger sister. Informed that her mother is going out and her father is working yet again, Ameca must walk to the school to pick her sister up and safely escort her home. Ameca's not thrilled, and things take a turn for the worse when Fraya runs off into the woods. There the girls spot an unusual being and when Fraya touches it, they disappear and end up in a whole other realm.

They've reached Mythrania, a peaceful land that's about to be torn apart by evil. With elvins, Tranaris, and Metrans teaming up, the girls soon learn they, along with their father who is sucked into the world when he goes to find them, are key to defeating the Scelestus once and for all. They're descendants of the magi and have the powers necessary to do away with the evil forces and their armies, known as Werethralls. Can the girls and their father discover the strength within them that's the only hope of saving Mythrania?

Ameca's a bit of a wit, and that I liked. Her father is equally appealing, but only after a while. I think most parents can sympathize with his frustration when he gets home and finds his wife has left him a long list of things to do. His griping about things like saving the environment did get annoying though. Once he enters Mythrania and learns his daughters are there, his protective nature kicks in and gives him the qualities needed to make him likeable.

I think many pre-teens and teens will enjoy this book, right along with their parents. If you enjoy adventure/fantasy, definitely consider Ameca J and the Legacy of Merindus.

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