For much of her life, Lia Park has been balancing schoolwork with the practice of Taekkyeon in preparation for possible acceptance into the coveted IMA. But with no inkling of magical ability, her chances of acceptance remain dismally low. Lia’s best friend Joon is a natural fit for the program, so Lia has shifted her attention to becoming friends with the popular students at her normal middle school in order to survive her inevitable rejection from IMA. When Lia disobeys her parents to attend the birthday party of the year, a series of unfortunate events leads Lia on a dangerous adventure halfway around the world to rescue those she loves and discover the truth about who she really is.
Built on the framework of a superhero origin story, this novel has a driving momentum that keeps the action flowing from beginning to end. Korean language and culture are interwoven into Lia’s story, connecting readers to her roots and the power she can wield when in tune with them. Lia is the protagonist of this adventure, but she and Joon have equal participation through many of the scenes, meaning the story will connect with an even greater range of readers. With each passing moment, Lia and Joon must work together to protect one another and solve problems as the threat of destruction looms ever closer.
Fans of Rick Riordan and modern takes on ancient mythology will love this addition to the genre. Fast-paced and inspiring, this book is one that will resonate with readers for its honest human component as well as its overall mythological intrigue. The lines between good and evil are often blurred as characters are focused on a single goal that has ripple effects elsewhere. Readers are transported around the world alongside Lia and Joon, and they will be captivated by the many clues and details within the storyline. As each moment becomes more dire, readers will be rooting for Lia and Joon’s successful victory in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. This introduction to Lia Park’s story is enchantingly written, and readers will be anxious to jump into book two as soon as it is available.
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