First Hero (Chronicles of Avantia Series #1)

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Deadly Beasts. Brutal Combat. Welcome to Avantia.

At the age of seven, Tanner's father was killed in front of him by the evil warlord Derthsin. But his father's death was not in vain and Derthsin was carried away to his doom by a good Beast, Firepos the Flame Bird. Now, eight years later, another evil army is wreaking havoc across Avantia. But Tanner has been training with Firepos, waiting to avenge his father's death. There is something familiar about this new menace, who rides...

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Overview

Deadly Beasts. Brutal Combat. Welcome to Avantia.

At the age of seven, Tanner's father was killed in front of him by the evil warlord Derthsin. But his father's death was not in vain and Derthsin was carried away to his doom by a good Beast, Firepos the Flame Bird. Now, eight years later, another evil army is wreaking havoc across Avantia. But Tanner has been training with Firepos, waiting to avenge his father's death. There is something familiar about this new menace, who rides with a Beast of his own. The evil army is after the pieces of the Mask of Death--which allows whoever wears it to control all Beasts. Tanner sets off on a journey to stop them. Along the way, he encouters twins Gwen and Geffen, who hold the map to finding the remaining pieces.

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Editorial Reviews

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“This first volume in a promising new series is fizzy, fast-paced adventure all the way….A slim, easy-to-read, high-interest offering that will be an easy sell to readers just venturing into chapter books.” -Kirkus
Children's Literature - Shirley Nelson
At the age of seven, Tanner watched as his parents were killed by warriors. Now, eight years later, his village is raided again. His grandmother dies trying to save the fragment of The Mask of Death which had been buried eight years ago. If Gor finds the other fragments, he can resurrect Derthsin and rule Avantia. With Grandmother Esme's dying words, she urges Tanner to go to a nearby village and find the Mapmaker. With the help of his Beast, the flame bird Firepos, Tanner flies to Colweir but arrives too late to avoid a battle. More innocents die and the Mapmaker's apprentice, Geffen, is kidnapped. Tanner meets Gwen, the Chosen Rider of the wolf Beast, Gulkien, and Geffen's twin. In her determination to save her brother she joins Tanner and Firepos. Together they are able to defeat Gor's troops. But they learn he was simply a pawn of the evil Derthsin who killed Tanner's parents. If the land is to be saved, more battles must be fought. This first novel in "The Chronicles of Avantia" series introduces young readers to two of Avantia's Beasts and their riders who will join with others in future volumes in their quest to rid the land of evil. Reviewer: Shirley Nelson
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Gr 5–7—The Beasts have gathered. They must find their chosen riders since a dark force has entered the land of Avantia. Eight years later the story picks up again with Tanner, rider of the firebird Firepos, as an even more evil army ransacks his home. Their leader is looking for the Mask of Death, an evil and powerful tool that Tanner's grandmother cut into pieces and hid throughout the land. Tanner must find the mapmaker in another town before the destructive army does, but is too late and instead he finds another rider, Gwen, and her flying wolf. Together they rescue her brother, who has been captured by the army, and destroy the evil general. They win the battle and retrieve a map that shows the location of the Mask, but a stronger evil still lurks and will rise again. This slim first installment in the series uses the usual tropes of its genre and a typical good versus evil plot, with the suspense being who can get the sacred object first. The story itself focuses on the violence, with vivid details of killing. In one scene, Tanner's grandmother is tortured and killed, run through with a sword "dripping with gore." With nothing new to offer, this fantasy does not leave readers hungry for more.—Clare A. Dombrowski, Amesbury Public Library, MA
Kirkus Reviews
This first volume in a promising new series is fizzy, fast-paced adventure all the way. When Tanner was just 7 years old, he watched as his village was attacked and his father was killed by a warlord called Derthsin. To his surprise, a great dragon named Firepos intervened and destroyed Derthsin. After the battle, Firepos stayed and began to train Tanner, who is to be his chosen rider. Eight years later, a new threat to Avantia has come in the form of General Gor, who is searching for the pieces of the infamous Mask of Death. Firepos and Tanner are shocked to learn that Derthsin, who must have somehow managed to survive the last battle after all, is behind this plan and that he intends to use the reconstructed mask to control the great beasts of Avantia, including Tanner's dragon Firepos. Gor steals a map of the pieces' locations, abducting one of the map-maker's apprentices, a boy called Geffen, to help him interpret it. Tanner soon goes off on a quest with Gwen, Geffen's twin sister, who has her own beast, a giant wolf called Gulkien, to rescue Geffen and recover the map. Will their mission succeed? Firepos' narration in a heightened first-person is interspersed throughout the third-person account, introducing transitioning readers to the linguistic style of high fantasy. A slim, easy-to-read, high-interest offering that will be an easy sell to readers just venturing into chapter books. (Fantasy. 8-12)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780545361590
  • Publisher: Scholastic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 12/1/2012
  • Series: Chronicles of Avantia Series , #1
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 176
  • Sales rank: 351,704
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.36 (w) x 7.44 (h) x 0.46 (d)

Meet the Author

Adam Blade is in his late twenties, and was born in Kent, England. His parents were both history teachers and amateur artists, and Adam grew up surrounded by his father’s paintings of historic English battles – which left a lifelong mark on his imagination. He was also fascinated by the ancient sword and shield that hung in his father’s office. Adam’s father said they were a Blade family heirloom.

Sadly, Adam does not have his own Ice Dragon or Ghost Panther. But he really wishes he did!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 14, 2012

    LOVE THIS BOOK!!!!!

    This book is so awsome

    3 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 18, 2013

    Good book

    I read 3 of them and they are all very good and i am starting the 4rth and the beasts are all so cool!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 1, 2013

    Great book!

    This series is a lot like Eregon. Dragon-like creatures, exiting battles, and altogether adventurous. If you liked Eregon, you will like this series.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2013

    Avantia

    Good book but short 93 pages

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 12, 2013

    This is awsome

    This is one of the best books i've ever read.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 20, 2013

    Hi

    I want this book but im not sure if i should ADVICE NEEDED please help someone thanjd i hope i ger a respomse bye everyone im bored please give me advise thankyou

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2013

    Avantia

    I love this series I've read it 3timesalready andi'm starting my 4th time reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 8, 2013

    Terrible

    Gn

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 15, 2012

    Greatest book ever

    This book is the first book of a gret phenomenom. It is full of action and adventure.

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