Books written in blood. Most are lost, their Keepers with them. A curse that befell a people. A Kingdom with no King. Life couldn’t get more harrowing for the Elfies, a blend of Elves and Fairies. Or for sixteen-year-old Jules Blaze. Or could it? For Jules, the heir of a Keeper, no less, suspects his family hides a forgotten secret. It was bad enough that his people, the Elfies of Reign, triggered a curse which reduced the entire inhabitants to a mere inch centuries ago. All because of one Keeper who failed his purpose. Even the King’s Ancient Books, did not help ward off that anathema. Now, Gehzurolle, the evil lord, and his armies of Scorpents, seem bent on destroying Jules and his family. Why? Gehzurolle’s agents hunt for Jules as he journeys into enemy land to find the truth. Truth that could save him and his family, and possibly even reverse the age-long curse. Provided Jules doesn't get himself killed first.
Author Emma Right
Emma Right is a happy wife and homeschool mother of five living in the Pacific West Coast of the USA. Besides running a busy home, and looking after their five pets, which includes two cats, two bunnies and a Long-haired dachshund, she also writes stories for her children. She loves the Lord and His Word deeply, and when she doesn't have her nose in a book, she is telling her kids to get theirs in one. Right worked as a copywriter for two major advertising agencies and won several awards, including the prestigious Clio Award for her ads, before she settled down to have children.
Jules Blaze is in Elfie, a mix of Elf and Fairy. Elfies are cursed so that they are tiny now, and this is all because of one Keeper. Keepers watch over very important books for the Elfies. Unfortunately for Jules, is seems like the evil lord Gehzurolle is out to get him. Jules, his siblings, and friends will have to venture far from home to try and find out why this is happening. Of course Jules's ultimate goal is to reverse the curse put on the Elfies. It will take a lot of cunning and smarts for Jules to survive this adventure.
I love the idea of this book. The world and ideas are so creative and fun. The Elfies have an interesting past, and Jules seems like the perfect young adventurer to go decurse them. He has a host of help and friends, but he also learns quickly that the world outside his home can be a perilous place. His Grandfather disappeared after having gone to find someone to ask about the Blaze family makeup, and then his mother disappeared in an apparent attack. Jules has a lot to try and figure out, not to mention all the traps and perils he discovers out in the wide world.
I felt like the writing felt a bit skippy to me at times, but overall I found this to be an enjoyable read. It manages to be cute and interesting at the same time. The chapters are sometimes very short, so I think this could help younger readers to not lose interest and have a workable goal to get to. The story is very creative, and lovers of fantasy and adventure will find things to enjoy in this book.
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