Defenders Of The Scroll

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A teenage boy.

A dark wizard.

A mystic scroll.

And the fate of a world hangs in the balance...

When Alex "the Axeman" Logan is pulled from his world to help a young princess, named Dara, save her kingdom from the Shadow Lord, he thinks there has been a mistake. He's a teen guitar player close to failing 11th grade, not some defender of the ...

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A teenage boy.

A dark wizard.

A mystic scroll.

And the fate of a world hangs in the balance...

When Alex "the Axeman" Logan is pulled from his world to help a young princess, named Dara, save her kingdom from the Shadow Lord, he thinks there has been a mistake. He's a teen guitar player close to failing 11th grade, not some defender of the realm. All he has are some school books, his wits, and his love of fantasy movies.

Overnight his life is history. Alex must confront the Shadow Lord and his minions when he is thrust into a land that has changed from a magical paradise to a barren, hopeless, helpless realm invaded by a dark army. But Alex is not alone. He has the help of Dara, a magic scroll, and a band of unlikely companions drawn from his own history books: a hardened Roman Legionnaire, a swift Japanese Samurai, a fearless African Warrior, a fiery Amazon Archer, and a spirited Shaolin Monk.

Can Alex become more than he believes and lead his small band of Defenders to the Hall of Shadows, the birthplace of the Shadow Lord? The fate of the realm and everyone in it rests on him.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781440144806
  • Publisher: AuthorHouse
  • Publication date: 6/29/2009
  • Series: Rising Star Series
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.75 (d)

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  • Posted February 10, 2010

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    A Mom's Choice Awards Recipient!

    Defenders Of The Scroll is a recipient of the prestigious Mom's Choice Award. The Mom's Choice Awards® honors excellence in family-friendly media, products and services. An esteemed panel of judges includes education, media and other experts as well as parents, children, librarians, performing artists, producers, medical and business professionals, authors, scientists and others. A sampling of the panel members includes: Dr. Twila C. Liggett, ten-time Emmy-winner, professor and founder of PBS's Reading Rainbow; Julie Aigner-Clark, Creator of Baby Einstein and The Safe Side Project; Jodee Blanco, New York Times best-selling Author; LeAnn Thieman, motivational speaker and coauthor of seven Chicken Soup For The Soul books; and Tara Paterson, Certified Parent Coach and founder of the Mom's Choice Awards. Parents and educators look for the Mom's Choice Awards seal in selecting quality materials and products for children and families.

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  • Posted December 8, 2009

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    A fun read!

    Wasn't really sure what to expect from this book, but have to say that I was pleasantly surprised. Princess Dara is just a little girl whose father just started training her in magic, so it's understandable that she accidentally summons the wrong "Axeman" as her protector. And Alex is just a teenager who soon finds out that this wild adventure is all too real. But I love how all those hours spent watching movies and playing video games pay off when Alex is able to predict what should happen next, and is usually right!

    The teenage warriors they summon from one of his books are also amazing! While they are all heroes and mighty warriors, they are also still teenagers and I liked how Shiraz made them vulnerable at times. Enjoyed how they all picked up some of Alex's slang, as it's not every day a magical princess says "crap." *L*

    I enjoyed Alex's struggle to survive his adventure and prove himself in a world surrounded by heroes. Liked how the warriors all learned to work together and started to become friends. Even liked the evil villains, as sometimes the bad guys can be disappointing, but not in this case! Thought the ending was a little abrupt, but looking forward to the second book so I can find out what happens next!

    Gave this a 4/5 rating, as the story was enjoyable, the writing was very readable, it had likable characters, and I particularly liked that the pages looked like a scroll, which I thought was a nice touch.

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  • Posted October 2, 2009

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    Defenders of the Scroll

    I was surprised by how quickly I read this book, once I started it I didn't want to stop reading. I was intrigued from the start and now I'm stuck in limbo waiting for the next installment so I know what happens to Dara, Alex, and the others.

    I found this to be a wonderful story of Good vs. Evil. When the King of the realm faces a threat only he has a chance in stopping, only to fall victim and end up as a hostage, it is up to his young daughter to make things right once again.

    Using a scroll her father enchants with his own magic she is able to summon help, though it's comes in a form that is not quite expected. Alex, a modern day high school kid, has nothing else on his mind that juggling a budding music career and the desire to pass his last exam. When he is suddenly sucked into another realm, he has no idea what's in store for him.

    With the help of five other teenagers who are summoned from one of his books, he makes a valiant attempt to protect Dara and stop the evil spreading throughout the realm of Mythos. While nothing quite goes as planned they manage to overcome every obstacle in front of them. Even when tragedy strikes all is not lost and the battle will continue.

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  • Posted September 17, 2009

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    Great read for young adults

    I admit it. I am not someone who usually likes to read sci-fi/fantasy books. When I was contacted to review this book, the blurb about it caught my interest. I thought to myself that if I want to expand my mind and read outside the normal stuff I read, then I ought to try somewhere. So I decided to give it try. I am so glad I did.
    I was hooked after chapter one and I had to keep reading to find out what happens! It starts with a wizard, who is the King of Mythos, and his daughter Dara practicing magic. Eventually, we read that the King is captured and has left a secret scroll for her daughter. She has the ability to summon people to help her on her journey to save the Great Hall and her father. You will meet six heros that she ends up summoning.
    The great thing about this Young Adult book is the incredible artwork that is included in the story. The author has so much detail in the writing explaining the character that the pictures just enhance what you are already picturing in your mind. A story with great attention to detail, suspense and adventure.
    I can't wait to see what the author comes up with next!!

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