- File Size: 722 KB
- Print Length: 318 pages
- Publisher: Serenity Project Publishing (October 5, 2017)
- Publication Date: October 5, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075JTHK28
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
Amazon Best Sellers Rank:
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- #2228 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Action & Adventure > Humorous
- #6436 in Kindle Store > Kindle eBooks > Children's eBooks > Science Fiction, Fantasy & Scary Stories > Fantasy & Magic > Sword & Sorcery
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Battlementals: Pounce and the Riddle of Fire (Pounce Elemental Adventure Saga Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Pounce is a young tiger becoming an adult. His dangerous quest pits him against his childhood enemy Sneer, then people, creatures, and conditions he knows nothing about.
Friends he makes along the way teach him the value of cooperation. He travels with a human girl and two Gazooms, hoofed creatures who sound suspiciously like gazelles able to zoom quickly. Anyone who enjoys wordplay will find a rich array of word puzzles and allusions as the story unfolds. For example, Pounce carries a wooden battle staff named Eastwood. His father calls prey animals which run "fast food." Gismovators are strange creatures which work machines; they are able to motivate gizmos. A Grump storekeeper is naturally called Mr. Giggles, but he is a grump at heart.
Pounce is strong and brave, but his example for young readers is a character whose other strengths are his good nature and honesty. The moralistic theme, excitement of new places and new dangers, incredible word play and other aspects of Pounce and the Riddle of Fire make this a book for young people of all ages.
For a middle grade novel, Lindsay deals with some rather sophisticated themes of prejudice and maturity -- unsure of whether he can pass the usual rituals of adulthood required by his isolationist Saber tribe, Pounce is manipulated into accepting the much more dangerous task of journeying outside his village to find the lost Eastern Tribes and convince them to join the Western Sabers in a war against the Moon elementals. Along the way, however, Pounce finds himself not only teaming up with a Moon and Air elemental but also witnessing how different tribes of Fire elementals create their own unique cultures, forcing him to question the correctness of his own traditions.
It's a classic hero's journey story -- distinguished by the creative and frequently humorous fantasy tribes Lindsay populates his land with (I particularly liked the Dune Riders who talk in a sort of surfer dude pidgin and cruise around the desert like a gang of Mad Max rejects). Yet Lindsay manages to ground the story in relatable terms, as the fantastic story is still basically that of a young teen struggling to become an adult and overcome the prejudices he has been indoctrinated with. Pounce is a likeable underdog (or cat, in his case) with physical shortcomings (he's smaller than most Sabers, forcing him to be more creative in his fighting technique) that will help many young readers identify with him. His companions are likewise distinctive characters who add much to the story's humor (although I'll admit I found Locks a bit too acerbic).
Fans of "quest narratives" will appreciate many of the unique settings Lindsay sends his heroes through, which range from a marketplace vaguely reminiscent of Star Wars' Mos Eisley Spaceport to a nightmarish field where even slow-moving flying creatures can overtake hapless victims who find themselves running even slower than their predators. The story is very fast-paced with an easy-to-read style that should allow most readers to complete the book in just a couple days (or even a few hours).
Final Assessment? Highly recommended for fantasy and adventure fans!
This book will be a gift to all my young grandchildren.