If you have read the Five Ancestors series by Jeff Stone, about five cousins with five different types of animal Kung Fu, Tiger, Snake, Monkey, Dragon, and Crane, who have to fight for their lives to save their kingdom from their evil brother who knows Eagle Kung Fu and his army, then you are in for a real treat. Jeff Stone has released a new series that follows the Five Ancestors– however, the new series takes place in the 21st century and it is called The Five Ancestors: Out of The Ashes. So far, Mr. Stone has written two books for this series: Phoenix and Lion. Lion is the book I will be reviewing.
Lion is a continuation of Phoenix, containing all of the same characters that are in the first book: Ryan Vanderhausen, Phoenix, Hú Dié, and Ryan. In the book Lion, Ryan is trying to get rid of an evil powder called dragon bone that his uncle experimented with in the previous book, Phoenix. Dragon Bone makes Ryan stronger, yet it can paralyze him if he does swallow some of it everyday. Also, Ryan and his friends are invited to train on road bikes with Ryan’s cousin, Peter, in California. However, an evil man named DuSow, and his accomplices want to get their hands on Ryan’s supply of dragon bone to make themselves more powerful.
Overall, this series is turning out to be just as good as the first series of the Five Ancestors, and I am really looking forward to reading the next book. However, I made the mistake of reading the books out of order, and I accidentally read Lion first. Make sure you do not do this, as the book will be very confusing if you read it out of order. This book series is a must read and I recommend it for any age, however it is geared more toward the male gender in my opinion.
-Will R., 9th grade