Friday, September 4, 2015

Rebels of the Lamp #1 by Michael M.B. Gavin & Peter Speakman

Rebels of the Lamp (Rebels of the Lamp, #1)Parker is used to getting in trouble, but he's not ready to be sent 3,000 miles away to live with his aunt, uncle, and cousin. Within a few days, he steals an old cylinder from a museum that will drastically change his life. A genie, Fon-Rahm, emerges when Parker's life is threatened, and Parker becomes its master. He commands the genie to to do trivial things: make him a sports car, teach him foreign languages, and make him a hockey star. However, several problems arise. Parker and the genie become seriously weakened whenever they are separated. Thirteen genies were created 3,000 years ago, and the other twelve are all evil. And Xaru, the first evil genie, has been released by his worshippers and is coming after Fon-Rahm to rule the world. Parker finds himself in the middle of a war between the genies that will determine the future of mankind.

The authors created a wonderful spin on the age-old battle between good and evil. While the war is between the genies, the wizard who first created them will regain his powers if any of them are destroyed. This wizard will be bad news if he returns. Fon-Rahm is a formidable genie, but his actions are controlled by a seventh-grade boy. Boys that age don't always make the best decisions, and Parker has never put much trust in friends. The dynamic characters undergo significant changes, sometimes reluctantly, but they become a close team in the end. I anxiously await the chance to read the next book in the series.

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