The Tree of Ecrof (Epoca Series #1)

The Tree of Ecrof (Epoca Series #1)


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#1 New York Times Bestseller

From the mind of basketball legend, Academy Award–winning, and New York Times–bestselling storyteller Kobe Bryant comes a new tale of finding your strength against all odds.

Set in an alternate classical world dominated by sports and a magical power called grana, Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof is the story of two children: the lowly born Rovi and the crown princess Pretia who uncover and battle terrible evil and discover their inner strength along the way.
Epoca: The Tree of Ecrof takes place at the most elite sports academy in the land, where the best child-athletes are sent to hone their skills. When Rovi and Pretia arrive, each harboring a secret about themselves, they begin to suspect that something evil is at play at the school. In the course of their first year, they must learn to master their grana in order to save the world from dark forces that are rising.

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Kirkus Reviews

Conceptualized by Academy Award-winning basketball player Kobe Bryant and written by author and athlete Claire, this amiable novel aims high in its worldbuilding.

And complicated it is, from the parentage of the 10-year-old protagonists on up. Princess Pretia Praxis-Onera is the tan-skinned, black-haired, green-eyed, and mixed-heritage daughter of the scandalously wed rulers of the kingdom of Epoca, and Rovi Myrios is the sun-tanned, orphaned street-urchin son of Pallas Myrios, a once-legendary, then disgraced-and-exiled Visualization Trainer. Pretia's and Rovi's lives intertwine when Epoca's sacred scrolls state they are chosen to train at Ecrof Academy, the premiere training school for athletes. There, both attempt to come to terms with their familial and personal pasts as they learn to harness their granas, or divinely granted talents. The narrative constantly reminds readers that this book emulates the capital-A athlete, both via its harkening back to ancient Greece—witness the highly borrowed or derivative names of both places, like the Athletos Stadium and Mount Oly, and people such as Queen Helena and King Airos—and the item the main characters covet: a pair of golden sneakers called Grana Gleams. In and around all this, however, the creator and author spin an interesting, quickly paced tale.

In an era where athletes are worshipped like gods, this book's creators are simply on-brand. (Fantasy. 10-12)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781949520071
Publisher: Granity Studios
Publication date: 11/12/2019
Series: Epoca Series , #1
Edition description: New
Pages: 368
Sales rank: 14,705
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 10 - 14 Years

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