Ian Quicksilver: The Warrior’s Return, by Alyson Peterson

Ian QuicksilverIan is a scrawny foster child, one of the smallest kids in his high school. When burly Mr. Corbin takes the job as gym coach, Ian is sure that his life is over. Coach Corbin seems to push Ian harder than any of the other kids, so much so that even Ian’s inhaler isn’t enough to help him breathe.

Eventually, Corbin tells Ian that he isn’t human, but rather is a prince from another planet, sent to earth as an infant along with his betrothed princess from the neighboring planet when both their worlds were being destroyed. Ian and his princess must pledge their love for one another before his sixteenth birthday in order for their planets to be saved. There are a few small problems with this plan, however. For one thing, Ian has no idea who or where this girl is! Secondly, he will turn sixteen in just two months. Thirdly, an evil magician has cursed the girl with loss of memory, so she will never believe him when he tells her, “Oh, by the way, you’re not human. You’re a princess from another planet.” And lastly, he’s Ian, a hopeless loser. Who would fall in love with him, anyway?

Alyson Peterson has created a lovable cast of characters and a rollicking plot that includes an evil school board superintendant, snarky horse, multi-talented veterinarian, enchanted sword, and a conflicted, electrified princess. Peterson manages to keep the humor going right through breathless battles and evil schemes. Since this is the first of a series, readers will soon get the opportunity to see whether Ian will get his crown and rule another world!

An action-packed, fun adventure for 10- to 14 year-olds, and anyone else who loves wild and twisted tales. Bonus: It’s by Sweetwater Books, so it’s also a “clean read”!  Highly recommended.

Disclaimer: I read a library copy of this book. Opinions expressed are solely my own and do not express those of my employer or anyone else.

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