Lexicon Chase has never worn makeup or beautiful gowns, known the elegance of a gala, swung a sword, or even rallied an army. Lexicon only knows the infamy of living on the wrong end of an obscure town, with hand-me-downs and a life spilt between her grandmother's bungalow and her mother's trailer.
Her birthday came and went with a whimper until her grandmother changed everything with a single gift: the key to the magical kingdom called Everhope. She discovers a realm of friends, pageantry, and nobility that all exists just for her, but can she find the courage and the strength to keep her new kingdom from ruin?
©2015 Jonathan Fore (P)2015 Jonathan Fore
I started listening because Jon is s lifelong friend of mine. I KEPT listening because this is an awesome tale, masterfully told, and I found myself sitting on the edge of my seat waiting for more. It has a great story and theme throughout it of bravery, treating EVERYONE we meet with respect and care , and standing up to bullies and our fears. As a dad of 7, the principles and ideas Jon has written about, bravery, respect for others and standing up against bullies as well as being a protector of those who cannot defend themselves are moral principle I have strove to instill in my own children. I knew Jon in our youth and I can say he not only writes about these things but he has lived them throughout all the years I have had the pricked of being called his friend. Read it for yourself, but most of all READ IT TO YOUR KIDS. Turn off the video games, iPhones and TV. Invest in them and instill important life lessons
Lexicon Chase is another in the genre of modern-day-meets-fantasy, where a normal, down-on-her-luck girl is thrust into a magical kingdom, with all the wonder that entails. It reminds me of the like of Narnia, or Wizard of Oz, where vernacular struggles are as common as swordfights. The story is easily accessible and a great pace for young readers, who are shown fleshed out characters who aren't stuck in their traditional roles. Lexicon is a strong female lead who ignores authority and rules in order to pursue what she feels is right, and refuses to be stuck in her normal gender role. She is met by many people who love her for it, and several who hate her for it, and the struggles on both sides feel genuine. Most characters get some growth, and it's obvious that Lexi has a deep positive effect on those around her, sort of like Naruto or Goku have a habit of turning their enemies into friends. She has a big heart and it's hard not to like her.
This book does feel like it spends a lot of time world-building, and isn't as focused as I would hope. There are plot threads that are dropped and questions left unanswered, but it is obvious that these are meant to be answered in later installments. This isn't a bad thing - the story is filled with humor and character growth that is enjoyable to read. The adventure is a little predictable, but there is enough magic and turns to keep you on your toes.
The narrator puts in an amazing performance, voice acting all the parts and keeping the listener involved in the story even when it slows down. It's easy to forget that a single person is reading the book, and you quickly get absorbed in the story. It's a much more enriching experience than reading the book on your own could ever be. A great listen, and I can't wait for more!
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