Wildcard by Marie Lu

Many people are let down when a great book has a sequel that cannot compare with the original. For that reason I always begin sequel reads with a kind of detachment and I analyze the plot before diving headlong into the book. I am pleased to say that Wildcard did not in any way fall under this category of sequels. The sequel to the amazing book Warcross has even more riveting action and adventure than its predecessor.

Emika Chen barely survived Warcross, but the times ahead promise even more danger. Caught within an epic war between virtual reality and the physical world, Emika and her friends must play the best game of their lives if either world is to survive. With danger at ever turn who can anyone trust?

Marie Lu packs suspense, betrayal, and romance into one spectacular book. A master of words she ensures that you will grab this book off the shelf as fast as possible. Do not forget to check out the first book in the series! (Warcross) But remember…everything has a price.

-Elijah Y.

Wildcard by Marie Lu is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It can also be downloaded for free from Overdrive.

Magician by Raymond Feist

Countless tales of the struggle between good and evil in Medieval times have been told. But it takes a true artisan to delve into not only fanciful creatures but other worlds as well. Raymond Feist does this masterfully.

This book is a classic in the realm of fantasy and adventure. It has been captivating readers for more than 30 years. After reading it, I understand its appeal. The author creates parallel universes that are enthralling. A rift opens in the Kingdom, and they are attacked by the Tsurani. The Tsurani have no metal in their world, however, they are rich with magicians. These magicians are powerful and wreak havoc wherever they go. There are also many Kingdom characters who are instrumental in the survival of their world. We watch as they grow and change throughout the course of the invasion transforming to meet each challenge. There is no lack of adventure.

Don’t be put off by the length of this book (841 pages!) It will draw you in and keep your attention as you live their story. Sometimes, it is hard to keep track of all the characters, but the resolution ties all the strings together at the end and makes it worthwhile.

I recommend this book if you are someone who enjoys fantasy, adventure and doesn’t mind conflict. I give it 4 stars out of 5.

Also note, that this is the first in a series of many books that continue the Riftwar Saga.

-Elijah Y.