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{September 26, 2011}   {Review} The Fifth Specter by T.S. Welti (Book 1)

From Goodreads: Thirteen-year-old Parker Chance has suffered from hallucinations for most of his life. He has been ridiculed and expelled from public school on account of these hallucinations. When his adoptive father destroys a picture of his birth mother, Parker decides to run away from home. He soon finds himself whisked away to a village of superhumans where he discovers he is one of them. Parker’s new power puts him at the center of a deadly mystery and he soon proves he is much too curious for his own good. The Fifth Specter is a funny and enchanting fantasy that will stay with the reader long after the final page is turned.


Welti has created a great action packed novel for kids, and adults, of all ages.  It’s a very well written story that captivated me through the interesting events and real life dialogue, gluing me to the pages as events unfolded.  I especially enjoyed the characters of Parker, Lucas, and Nora as they embark on a perilous journey to find the truth behind the disappearance of their parents so many years ago.  Parker, of course, is my favorite.  He is a great main character in that he is kind, caring, and interesting, yet he struggles throughout the novel to come into himself.  At times his actions can be quite pigheaded, yet this only adds to his validity as a character, rounding him out and, ultimately, endearing him to the reader’s heart as he comes to terms with mistakes and learns to control his powers.

While it’s true that there are many similarities to the Harry Potter series in The Fifth Specter, as Harry Potter is a great representation of the archetype, similarities here and there are to be expected in other novels.  If readers were to do an in-depth analysis of all the books they read, they would find that, in actuality, many novels follow the same exact archetype, Harry Potter and The Fifth Specter fitting this mold.  Yet, even so, Welti has created her own unique take in this archetypal novel following Parker Chance as he begins to find out the truth about his superhuman heritage and a world in which he, and others around him, develop different powers as they come-of-age.  This is a great novel for the whole family, and lovers of Harry Potter will highly enjoy this new series and the heroic superhuman Parker Chance.  Three stars.

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



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