Book Review: Quest for the Scorpion’s Jewel (Amarias Adventures #1), by Amy Green

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Quest for the Scorpion’s Jewel (Amarias Adventures #1), by Amy Green

The Amarias Adventures™ begin when 15-year-old Jesse befriends a band of young warriors and risks his life to find a cure for their poisoned leader, Parvel. Though Jesse has a crippled leg, he is asked to join the remaining warriors–part of an elite fighting force known as the Youth Guard–on their mission for the king. Facing danger at every turn, Jesse, Rae and Silas journey over treacherous mountains and across a scorching desert. To make matters worse, an unknown enemy seeks to end their quest before it has even begun. Where is Parvel’s God when they need Him most? And with so little information to guide them, how will they ever complete their mission and find the Scorpion’s Jewel? Will they even escape with their lives?

Reading level: Ages 8 and up
Paperback: 172 pages
Publisher: Warner Press (July 1, 2011)

My Thoughts:
This is a much more serious adventure than I had been expecting.  I was prepared for something more along the lines of Percy Jackson and the Olympians.  Amy Green doesn’t fill her story with much fluff, however.  She weaves an interesting plot that incorporates Christian and faith based values.

The story moves along at a nice pace.  The characters are nicely developed and you get to know and love Jesse throughout the book.  You also learn that sometimes being different is not such a bad thing after all.  Each of the characters have individual strengths that come in handy during their adventure.  Jesse has a particular knack for reading people and knowing what they are thinking.

A really nice, Christian adventure story.  I just couldn’t decide if this was supposed to be dystopian fantasy, completely otherworldly, or historical fantasy.  It had the feel of being historical, but some of the things that cropped up made me think that it was more dystopian.

Love the cover.  It’s perfect for a middle grade fantasy novel.  

About the Author:
Amy Green is a native of Indiana and has recently written for Evangel, The Secret Place, Devo’zine, and WBCL radio. Her sci-fi version of Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego appeared in Clubhouse magazine, and she will soon see one of her plays published in Plays magazine. A professional writing major at Taylor University, Green exhibits a sincere passion for serving others, defending truth and teaching the Bible through her writing.

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    storytimebooks
    February 13, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Sounds like a good read! It's good to see books out there that have good adventure in them and good christian values as well. 🙂

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      February 13, 2013 at 11:20 pm

      I agree. It is really nice to see good values put into a book. It doesn't seem to happen often!

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    Adriana (BooksOnHerMind)
    February 13, 2013 at 11:55 pm

    It's great when character's differences become their strengths. It says so much to the kids who read the story. I don't know about the christian part of it because sometimes I feel like books can get a little too preachy. I do love the values it has though.

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      February 14, 2013 at 12:51 am

      I didn't feel like it was preachy. I am not a fan of preachy books either (I've read my fair shore of those), and this didn't feel that way to me.

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    Maria Behar
    February 17, 2013 at 4:32 am

    Hi, Dena!

    Thanks so much for dropping by and commenting on my "Shelf Candy Saturday" post!

    Although I read mostly YA and adult fiction, I do occasionally read middle-grade books, too. This one sure sounds like a great adventure story! I really like the fact that the plot weaves in Christian values, as well.

    Thanks for the nice review!! 🙂

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