Max and the Spice Thieves
by John Peragine
(Secrets of the Twilight Djinn #1)
Publication date: April 20th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
When his mother goes missing, Max Daybreaker’s world is turned upside down. Luckily, a crew of Spice Pirates, led by the mysterious Captain Cinn, help Max on his dangerous mission across the three seas.
Along the way, an unlikely alliance aids in his search—a teenage warrior queen, a three-eyed seer, and an assassin spy.
Their journey takes them through treacherous lands while facing shapeshifting bears, an ancient witch, harpies, and the nightmarish Djinn, who will stop at nothing to enslave the world.
With every new challenge, Max unlocks the secrets of his unsettling past. Powers awaken within, forcing him to question everything he knows.
Is Max who he thinks he is? Only time and destiny will tell…
Let’s talk about the cover of Max and the Spice Thieves by John Peragine before we dive into the story. What an impressive cover. I’m outside of the targeted age range, since this is middle grade, but I would still pick this one up if I saw it in the bookstore.
Speaking of middle grade, I think the best stories in this genre can be read by older people as well. This story was very entertaining and I was intrigued to keep reading.
The world building is so creative. I really love being drawn into a story, and feeling part of the world. John Peragine was able to make this happen with his writing.
I think Max is an excellent main character to follow. I really think he’s relatable.
Overall, this was a fun read. I’d definitely recommend giving it a shot!
*I received a free copy of this book from Xpresso Book Tours to review honestly on the blog tour. All opinions are my own and unbiased.*
John Peragine is an author of over fourteen books. The Secrets of the Twilight Djinn series was written as a bedtime story for his son Max to cope with medical issues he was facing as a little boy. John is a full-time ghostwriter who lives with his son, wife, and a menagerie of animals on his vineyard overlooking the Mississippi River.
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