Full discretion, I picked this book up thinking that it was the first book in the Ian Quicksilver series by author Alyson Peterson; imagine my dismay when I learned it was not the first, but the third! My heart sank as I read the first chapter. Who is this person? Wait…what planet are they on? Questions began to swim, but as I quested through, not only were my questions answered, my misgivings were swept aside after getting about half-way through the tale. Although I thought the book was cute and had some fun humor, it wasn’t until page 150 when I realized I was enjoying the story. Suddenly, the main character, Ian, wasn’t quite as annoying with his frequent teen talk, he “like totally,” grew on me. By all accounts, this book could be stand-alone, but I would highly recommend reading the first two books in the series so it won’t take you as long as it did me, to fall head-over-heels for this epic galaxy adventure.
Narrated by teen protagonist Ian Quicksilver, prince and heir to pretty much the universe, new readers are cannonballed into a colossal battle, an amusing romance, and phenomenal mystical powers.
Although this takes place in a war-driven society with warriors that battle lust at the prospect of bloodshed, the violence, for the most part, comes across as mild, and in fact comical. The hair-brained schemes and hazardous adventures kindled memories of Rick Riordan’s, Percy Jackson series. And, since this is about a powerful guy from an alien race exiled to earth, who wouldn’t think of Thor, God of Thunder? Basically, this is an excellent mash-up of two awesome fictional characters and their dilemmas, but don’t worry, the author still makes it unique and wholly her own.
Be sure to check out the first two books in the series so you can connect and feel engaged with these beefy characters from the get-go.
This book was sent to Compass Book Ratings for review by Cedar Fort Publishing & Media
Profanity/Language: 6 scatological words.
Violence/Gore: Several brief (about 22) incidents involving humorous violence; mention of injury from past battle; extended scene (about 12 pages) humorous battle scene, with a few exchanges of threats, magical explosion; a few incidents in which characters discuss war, battle, or fighting (non-graphic); extended scene (about 13 pages) humorous battle scene (semi-graphic), injuries, and property destruction mentioned; few brief reports of violence; extended scene (about 3 pages) practice battle, mention of injury; warrior receives orders to kill; report of war(s); threat with injury; character grabs another character in a violent manner; threat with weapon; extended scene (about 1 page) fight with weapons, mention of injuries; implication of execution; extended scene (about 1 page) report of battles and killings; non-detailed scene of character killing another character; character admits to murder; extended scene (about 1 page) violent exchange of threats; implication that female characters were physically beaten, mention of injuries; extended scene (about 1 page) humorous rant about violence; report of property destruction and killing; plan of attack; character punches another character causing injury (about 3x); few extended scenes comical violence; extended scene (about 1 page) characters plot to kill another character (non-graphic, mildly humorous); extended scene (about 2 pages) possibility of future violence; character admits to stealing; character receives injury; threat with weapon; character attacks another character; extended scene (about 2 pages) characters threaten one another and prepare for battle; extended scene (about 5 pages) characters battle to the death, character dies (non-graphic); fantasy creature attacks foes; violent threats issued; extended scene (about 1 page) character begs another character to kill him/her; extended scene (about 2 pages) character is wounded.
Sex/Nudity: A few comments on falling in love; few incidents in which male expresses how beautiful he thinks a particular female is; several incidents where teens hug, briefly kiss, hold hands, express their feelings for one another, and flirt; few mild sexual references (mostly humorous); 16-year-old male and female are ordered to marry each other; culture allows men to have more than one wife; extended scene (about ¾ page) memory of romance; old man plans on marrying a teen female against her will; humorous reference to kissing; extended scene (about 1 page) discussion of love and marriage; teen male proposes to teen female; teen male and female marry one another.
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Alcohol / Drug Use:
Reference to alcohol.