Publisher: Disney Press
Release Date: January 27th 2015
Series: The Zodiac Legacy #1
Genres: Action & Adventure, Fantasy & Magic, General, Legends, Myths, Fables, Young Adult
Stan Lee presents a brand new, magical, super-powered adventure!
When twelve magical superpowers are unleashed on the world, a Chinese-America teenager named Steven will be thrown into the middle of an epic global chase. He'll have to master strange powers, outrun super-powered mercenaries, and unlock the mysterious powers of the Zodiac.
This book was completely new to me until I was lucky enough to have it show up in my mailbox. I was immediately intrigued upon reading the jacket cover, and the promise of a plot based off the twelve Chinese Zodiac signs wasn’t a bad sell either!
Although it is marketed as Middle Grade, I think this series has crossover appeal and can interest a much wider audience. This is especially true for me because I tend to be picky with my MG reads as I prefer Young Adult, but THE ZODIAC LEGACY really impressed me.
It tells a great story with friendship and teamwork at its heart, and revolves around a subject I think most of us have heard of and can’t help but be at least a little interested in: the Chinese Zodiac. This is where our heroes (and heroines), as well as the villains, gain their powers. It’s a really fun concept, even if you didn’t have knowledge of the twelve animals before this.
With such a huge cast of characters, I was worried that it might get confusing but this wasn’t the case, I was able to follow and connect with each one of them. Although a little more character development with the minor characters would have been nice, none of them were one-dimensional, they all had unique personalities and most of them had a lot of depth.
Another huge positive: there was some seriously great pacing. There was action almost right from the start to the end, and I couldn’t put it down-so I didn’t. I finished it in less than a day, which says something as this is a pretty sizable read.
This book also has some illustrated pages, and the art really adds to the experience. It’s in almost a comic book style, which is fitting, and it’s just extremely well done overall. You can see some of the art on the official Zodiac Legacy website from Disney.
THE ZODIAC LEGACY also has a clear ending, there could have been a huge cliffhanger but everything wraps up well. I do like how this story could pretty much stand on its own. There were some epilogue chapters that revealed things that made me really wish for the second book though! This is a series I will be following.
What’s your Zodiac animal?