Quest for Merlin's Map (The Jumper Chronicles #1)
Charlie and his friends are so easy to relate to that it is impossible not to care about their adventures. Charlie's power to jump between worlds causes him to be admired by some but it poses a great threat to others. Therefore, while facing the typical trials and tribulations of growing up, he must also defend himself against those who would cause him great harm. There are challenges around every corner and Charlie and his friends must overcome them or suffer the consequences.
This is a gripping fantasy novel that is a great foundation for the series. It weaves together mythology and historical elements to create some truly unique circumstances. This is not a book that talks down to its intended audience and I am sure some young adult readers will appreciate that. Lovers of mythology, fantasy and/or adventure tales are sure to find this a fully satisfying read.
W.C. Peever's new work, THE JUMPER CHRONICLES, THE SEARCH FOR MERLIN'S MAP, is an outstanding Young Adult novel. Peever skillfully blends a new hidden world into the current and historical world we know, as twelve-year-old Charlie Burrows seeks to discover his ability as a descendant of Merlin. THE JUMPER CHRONICLES is the first book of a series based on this new understanding of our world. Exciting action ensues as Charlie and his friends, Bailey, Mick, and Tilley seek to find Merlin's Map which is the key to locating all of the crystal to protect the Order and defeat the Vanari. An artful weaving of mythologies from Egyptian Kings to Britannic Druids, to the Norse King of Gods, Odin and many other legends, Peever masterfully crafts a tapestry that includes and explains many of the legends. It gives readers a perspective not heretofore offered, while the author even pauses to discuss good and evil as young Charlie tries to sort out absolutes.
As a stand alone novel it is well conceived and executed, and as the first in a new series it leaves the reader wanting more and soon! Bring it on, Mr. Peever!
Young Adult readers may be challenged by THE JUMPER CHRONICLES, THE SEARCH FOR MERLIN'S MAP, but no more so than by Percy Jackson or Harry Potter series. Make no mistake, however, W.C. Peever does not attempt to mimic these fine tales, rather he takes the fantasy genre to a new, higher level. Bravo!