Jamie Reign: The Last Spirit Warrior by P.J. Tierney
Jamie Reign is a kid you can’t help but feel sorry for – between his drunk dad forgetting his birthday, and the local villagers rejecting him because of his half English, half Chinese background, he’s not having a great time of things. But that all changes when he accidentally unleashes an ancient evil that puts his dad’s life at risk, and the only way to put things right is (of course) to become a kung fu master.
With its fight scenes straight out of a Jackie Chan movie, there’s no doubt that Jamie Reign will please even the shortest of attention spans. Debut author Tierney also does a fantastic job of bringing to life the world of Chinese mythology – Percy Jackson fans, make sure you take note of this inventive series.
And while the Percy Jackson comparison is inevitable, Jamie Reign feels like it’s the next step up for readers who are looking for something a bit more challenging. With its well-rounded cast of characters, brilliantly drawn world and exciting plot, there will no doubt be many readers eagerly waiting to get their hands on book two.
Holly Harper is a children’s bookseller at Readings Carlton. She also writes books for younger readers under the name H.J. Harper.