Jon and Pamela Voelkel: The Jaguar Stones – Book 1 Middleworld

Veröffentlicht: Juni 23, 2012 in 4 Sterne - Lesenswert, Abenteuer, Andere Länder, Englisch, Fantasy, Freundschaft, Humor, Magie, Meine Bewertungen, Mythologie
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Fourteen-year-old Max Murphy is a typical city slicker whose best adventures involve pizza and video games. His parents are famous archaeologists but Max isn’t interested at all in their archeological craziness for Mayan culture including old pottery or ancient artifacts. For this reason they always leave him behind with Zia, their housekeeper, when they head off for foreign countries to excavate ancient Maya ruins. Max hates this and is really happy that his parents want to spend more time with him and plan a holiday trip to Italy together. But everything is ruined when his parents receive an unexpected permission to do another dig in Central America. Max is furious because they leave him alone and want to send him to a wilderness camp in Maine.

But instead of heading off to the camp, Zia tells him shortly after his parents‘ departure, that they want him to join them in San Xavier. When Max arrives there, he learns that his parents have mysteriously disappeared exploring an ancient Maya pyramid in the rain forest. His Uncle Ted, who seems to hate him, becomes his instant guardian.

Although his uncle doesn’t allow him to leave the house he runs away and gets lost in the rain forest. There, he meets Lola, a Mayan girl, and her two monkey friends who want to help him find out what actually happened to his parents. They discover hidden pyramids and ruins and mysterious treasures. It doesn’t take long and they have to run for their lives themselves because they accidentally summon evil Maya kings. Those want to hold the power of the Jaguar stones that can change the world. If all five stones are brought together the world is in great danger.

Now the good guys and the evil guys want to get their hands on them all and Max and Lola don’t know who is on the good side. Max’s quest to find his parents has turned to a fight for survival and to stop the coming apocalypse. Can Max stop the end of the world before it’s too late and can he find his parents alive?

Middleworld, the first book in Jon and Pamela Voelkel’s The Jaguar Stones Series, is a great novel for the teen market. Like Rick Riordan with his Percy Jackson and Heroes of Olympus stories and The Kane Chronicles, the authors blend modern times with ancient mythology, in this case the Mayan gods. The story is full of action, humor and interesting characters. Max isn’t the typical hero, in fact he comes around as a selfish, spoiled brat, who throws a tantrum when he doesn’t get what he wants and he has obviously foot-in-mouth disease; always good for funny or embarrassing moments.

All fans of Rick Riordan’s books or those who are simply looking for a good fantasy adventure will enjoy Middleworld. Good read!

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