SURFER SHARK TAMER FIRE WALKER EXPLORER TEENAGER HERO Five Centuries Ago, On the Island Now Called Hawaii, There was a Kingdom Filled with Adventure, Beauty, and Magic. When 16-year-old Prince Ailani and his brother Nahoa trespass on a forbidden burial ground and uncover an ancient tiki mask, they unleash a thousand-year-old curse that threatens to destroy their tropical paradise. As warring factions collide for control of Oceana, it sparks an age-old conflict between rival sorcerers that threatens to erupt-just like Mauna Kea, the towering volcano. With the help of his ancestral spirit animals, his shape shifting sidekick, and a beautiful princess, Prince Ailani must overcome his own insecurities, a lifetime of sibling rivalry, and a plague of cursed sea creatures brought forth by the tiki’s spell. Can peace be restored to the kingdom? Can Prince Ailani claim his rightful place as the future king of Oceana? ONLY ONE CAN RULE.
This is a wonderful story that combines not only a wonderful story but is rich in learning about the world of Oceana. I liked how the author took the time to explain new vocabulary which is felt was very handy and that my kid learned some new information as he enjoyed the story. He wants to visit now. The characters are well developed and the story moves along at a nice pace that kept my son and me well entertained. He really liked the action scenes with the zombie fish and sharks the most. The author did a great job staying focused on the target audience of 12 year old and up. So he did not try to dumb down the story nor did he leave out things that may of been to dramatic or scary. I also really liked that unlike some middle grade novels you are able to predict the ending before you get their, this book had enough plot twists that i was still able to be surprised as i read.