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Product Details

  • Series: Chaos Chronicles (Book 1)
  • Paperback: 454 pages
  • Publisher: Universal Kingdom Print (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615686435
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615686431
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,095,707 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"There is something very magical about reading fantasy fiction. It speaks to the very thread of my imagination, jolting it to life and sending it on an exciting journey. This story did exactly that, leaving me enthralled as I was introduced to a new world and interesting characters."
- Therian author, Roxanne Kade


"It is the author's first book and I just have to say he has given us a book that everyone who loves YA and Fantasy will love."
- Love at First Sight Reviews

"I truly believe that he has the potential to weave even more magic for his readers. I think my favorite part of reading Zephyr: The West Wind was the opportunity to visit a new world."
- Hopelessly Devoted Bibliophile

About the Author

RJ Tolson lives in Arlington, VA (United States) a metropolitan area of Washington D.C. Born to a dentist (father) and Lawyer/professional tennis player (mother), they instilled the importance of passion in ones life. Throughout his childhood, RJ wrote endlessly, often into the late hours of the night. Fantasy and Fiction novels have always been RJ's biggest loves. Some of RJ's biggest influences have been from the works of D.J. MacHale, Jonathan Stroud, J.R.R. Tolkien, Jenny Nimmo, Christopher Paolini, C. S. Lewis, Eoin Colfer, Stephen King, Cinda Williams , and J.K. Rowling. RJ attended and graduated from a private boarding high school, Cheshire Academy, and studies at Whittier College in California. Aside from his writing skills, RJ speaks Spanish, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, and Greek. He also works on composing both classical and jazz music from time to time, as well as the production of pop and hip-hop music. Although fairly young, he prides himself in how he tries to take everyday as a learning experience while trying his best to grow from each and every aspect of his life and the events that occur around him. Sports have always been a big part of RJ’s life. He played soccer in high school and on multiple club teams, tennis, swimming and more. He also trained in karate for seven years, Nin-Jit-Su for six and the art of Senjutsu (Sage in comparison to a monk) for four with a black belt in each. He is the CEO of multiple companies and divisions including but not limited to RJTIO LLC, Forever Trust Charity, and RJTINC. He is also a President of Sages of Essence. He studies and teaches metaphysics and likes economics and the stock exchange. When RJ isn't writing he enjoys hanging out with his friends, playing soccer and tennis, going to soccer games, listening composing music, and reading. RJ loves to work out, eat delicious food, and broaden his horizons. Visit www.rjtolson.com

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This book is something that young teens would enjoy reading.
VV
Anyway, the writing was exciting, imaginative, and it kept you reading - all the more amazing considering it was written when the author was 17!
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That is why i can't wait for the next book to come from author R.J. Tolson.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By ANGIE GEGA on June 7, 2014
Format: Paperback
"Zephyr: The West Wind" is a must read book if you are a fantasy fan, an anime fan, a fighter, a spiritual person, a believer in faith, a believer in goodness, a believer in light, a noble soul, or even if you seek inspiration, guidance, confirmation, determination...

I identified myself through each page of the book. The characters are so well described, the action scenes become visibly present through each paragraph, the fantasy and supernatural energy is explained in such details that makes one think if we really truly are packed with such but we just haven't discovered yet.

In addition to fantasy and entertainment factor each scene expresses, I found the book inspiring, guiding, reinforcing some choices, and questioning other ones. The difference choices the two main characters have taken reminds me of life, of truth, of who we are..of what we stand for ... And at the end you understand...You make choices. You fight for them. Sometimes you succeed... Sometimes you don't ..and during all this time you miss an important factor... Before you chose.. You have been chosen...

Anjeza Angie Gega
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ranger TOP 1000 REVIEWER on August 29, 2014
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I was looking for an appropriate children's book for my nephew, who is 12 years old. I was looking for a book by a younger writer, who I felt could relate better to how kids think or want. So I felt that R.J. Tolson, who is a very young man, could understand his younger readers better.

And, I wasn't wrong. My nephew loved “Zephyr - The West Wind” and identified himself with the 17-year old hero of the book, Zephyr. Zephyr is a classical underdog, an outcast hated by all for no fault of his own, and yet, a wonderful young man – kind, generous, courteous, brave and courageous. He is an adventure seeker and doesn't flinch when in danger. Zephyr is a very positive role model for young boys and girls.

Another impressive thing about the book was that I couldn't find a single grammatical error in it. Which is wonderful, because I feel most modern day writers ignore grammar. It is so important that kids read books written in perfect English as that helps them at school.

5 stars for a great effort by a young and talented writer!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dii TOP 500 REVIEWER on March 12, 2015
Format: Kindle Edition
Fantasy is like spaghetti sauce, everyone loves it, but it isn’t that often that the ingredients used are to everyone’s liking, no matter the age! Geared toward young teens and YA readers, Zephyr: The West Wind by R.J. Tolson is an invitation to fall into the story and be one of the characters, living and breathing the same air as Zephyr, no matter your age. In a cold and harsh world filled with demons, supernatural gifts, barbaric tests of adulthood, small minds and hearts, one boy struggles to stand tall and do the right thing, in spite of his outcast standing in his village.

Zephyr has only known contempt by his village, all for an accident of birth that he had no control over. Few were kind, most were cruel, yet he chose to act the way he wanted to be treated. Would it be worth it? Survival after the death of his mother was harsh, but he vowed to her to be a good person and to make her proud.

Leaving his village, Zephyr’s journey will take him into a world that recognizes him as the man he is, as he meets friends, allies, mentors and even evil. Will he continue to use his powers against evil? Will he finally earn the respect of his people or will his need to do the right thing and protect the defenseless trump his need for acceptance? In his travels to learn to accept himself and to discover who he really is, he becomes aware of his role in the world, but no man is an island and learning to trust the right people may be a difficult choice when things look bleak. More importantly, he must learn to trust and believe in himself.

R.J. Tolson has mastered storytelling, building a fantasy world that feels both ancient and contemporary by combining age old issues with the magic of make-believe.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Holly on April 2, 2015
Format: Hardcover
I received a complimentary copy of RJ Tolson's Zephyr The West Wind book and I'm thrilled I did! Zephyr The West Wind serves up a wonderfully rounded and much needed twist to 21st century sci-fi fantasy stories. So many novels lead readers on magical, mystical adventures to protect the world from evil but Zephyr The West Wind does so by blending real human inner conflict, emotion and coming of age experiences with fantasy and science fiction. These dynamics drew me into Zephyr The West Wind and open Zephyr The West Wind up to a broader audience than the sci-fi fantasy community and sci-fi fans. The vivid depictions of fantastical creatures, adventures, surprising twists and turns, and compelling characters like Zephyr's "frenemy", Leon, make for an entertaining read. This is the first book in RJ Tolson's Chaos Chronicle Series and I would recommend it. It's an excellent choice for parents who may want to read a book simultaneously with their teens and pre-teens as fuel for fun and engaging family discussions or might like to read an attention getting story to their elementary age children. Bottom line no matter your age it's an entertaining journey! I look forward to RJ Tolson's next book in the series.
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More About the Author

From working with charity organizations to attending university and having his first novel published at the age of 18, Zephyr the West Wind, published and read throughout the world, RJ Tolson has not taken the traditional literary route to say the least. Currently working on the sequel to his debut novel, Book 2 of the Chaos Chronicles: Hugh the Southern Flame, both the author and his work have begun to slowly climb up the latter of recognition and success and achieve critical acclaim to the point of being looked upon as a teenage sensation along with respective industry teen idols Justin Bieber, Christopher Paolini , Austin Mahone, and more. Weaving tales that not only pull the reader in and leave them wanting more, he takes his readers into a world that will change their own perception on reality and fantasy. RJ resides in Washington D.C., although most of the year he is busy attending university in California with much of his time being spent in Los Angeles to promote and work on his novels as well as his businesses. RJ is constantly working towards bringing people together through the passion of literature.

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