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{July 22, 2011}   WANTED: HERO Prelude to a Hero, by Jamie Buckley

From Goodreads: Wendell is a young man who learns what his potential is while on a strange, enchanted world with a funny old wizard and ugly troll to mentor and guide him. Prelude to a Hero, the debut book about how Wendell came to be the one expected to save an entire world… by accident.


I really liked this novel.  The writing, the characterization, the plot… it was all very well done, and it was funny too!  Wendell is a really likable character and I loved his wit throughout the novel.  I found myself snorting in laughter as I read, especially as Wendell interjects his thoughts and feelings about being the long lost hero that an “alien” world has been waiting for.  I see a little of myself in Wendell, and so I can’t help but like him—and I think he will appeal to readers of all ages, especially MG and YA, as he tells it like he sees it.

Buckley is a fantastic writer, keeping the reader entertained throughout the book.  I must say that I was very impressed with the writing style of the novel and, as Prelude to a Hero sets the background for the rest of the series, I believe the series is going to be exceptionally good.  The story is packed with lots of action and there was never a dull moment, keeping me glued to the pages until the conclusion, which I must say left me hanging.  I usually can’t stand to be left in the dark, but Buckley has been diligently working on the series and the next novel should be releasing soon, so hopefully I won’t have to wait long to find out what happens next for Wendell.  I highly recommend reading this novel!  Four stars!

I received a copy of this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


Alyssa says:

Cool blog :)

I would just like to say, young lady, that I do so appreciate the kind words above.

Wendell’s a good boy and I’m already becoming fond of him. He wants to do what’s right with all his heart.

…I wish I could say the same for the ugly monkey, but Dax walks to the beat of his own drum.

Actually, I don’t think we’ve ever FOUND that drum. I’d most likely throw it in the lake.


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