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Young readers who are looking for a very early introduction to the world of epic storytelling will find one such avenue in this story.

Thirteen-year-old Max Daybreaker leads a sheltered life. Allergic to cold, his mother has always tried to protect him, and Max has found solace inside a book given to him by his father. However, when his father goes missing and his mother is taken captive, Max must put his faith in a pair of Spice Pirates in order to get them back. An adventure filled with danger, magic, and fearsome enemies awaits Max as he learns more about who he truly is and the power he holds inside.


The first in a series, this story introduces readers to Max Daybreaker and the unlikely band of people he befriends along his journey. Written in the first person, readers primarily understand Max’s experiences and view others’ only when they interact with him. Captain Cinn is the only character with a distinct pirate accent which comes and goes throughout the narrative, making him stand out from the other adventurers. This story is best suited to confident middle grade readers because of its length and complex plot.


An epic adventure, Max travels to several different locations throughout the story, meeting new people and creatures at every turn. While a handful remain with him through the majority of his journey, others appear for shorter durations of time. The transitions between moments in the story are choppy and disjointed, causing readers to feel a sense of disconnect from Max’s plight. Likewise, the majority of relationships in the story are weak, preventing readers from adequately connecting with the characters. 


Romance is discussed only briefly in the story, with two kisses being bestowed upon Max. Several scenes of violence and gruesome imagery take place, which may frighten some readers. The Djinn, an army of undead warriors, is very reminiscent of the White Walkers from Game of Thrones, and shares their intimidating qualities.


Young readers who are looking for a very early introduction to the world of epic storytelling will find one such avenue in this story.


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Published on April 01, 2021

Published by None

1000 words

Genre: Agriculture

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