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Sunday, August 23, 2009

The Emerald Tablet by P.J. Hoover

The Emerald Tablet
by P.J. Hoover

Release Date: October 21, 2008
Publisher: Blooming Tree Press
Pages: 288

“Benjamin and his best friend Andy love being different from the other kids. They like being able to read each others minds and use their telekinesis to play tricks. In fact, they are getting set to spend their entire summer doing just that when Benjamin s mirror starts talking. Suddenly, he’s looking at eight weeks of summer school someplace that can only be reached by a teleporter hidden in his hallway. And the summer only gets stranger.

At school, Benjamin discovers that he isn’t really human but something called a telegen. It turns out that the powers he always thought made him special only make him normal. But then the mysterious Emerald Tablet chooses him as its champion, and all chances of a uneventful (well, as uneventful as summer school on a hidden, submerged continent can be) disappears.” (blurb from The Emerald Tablet)

The Emerald Tablet is targeted towards a younger audience, ages 10 and up, and the writing style has been adjusted accordingly. Lemuria, the author’s secret continent, is introduced with many unusual features such as teleporters and magical maps. It is a creative backdrop for the story, along with the altered and hidden places on Earth. The fantastical theme is continued in the storyline. Benjamin, the main character, must find three “keys” to essentially save the world and humanity from enslavement. The author leads us through a wild romp with unpredictable twists and turns. There are quite a few red herrings, and at the end, there are some simply unbelievable turns of events. They seem to pop up literally out of nowhere, but they don’t ruin the story. A playful tale, I’d recommend The Emerald Tablet to younger readers searching for an enjoyable fantasy yarn.

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