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THE EIGHTH DAY by Dianne K. Salerni


From the Eighth Day series, volume 1

by Dianne K. Salerni

Age Range: 8 - 12

Pub Date: April 22nd, 2014
ISBN: 978-0-06-227215-7
Publisher: Harper/HarperCollins

Thirteen-year-old Jax wakes to an empty world, believing that he is the sole survivor of some terrible event. However, his isolation ends after only one day when he wakes again to life as usual.

Following the death of his father, Jax is sent to live with Riley Pendare, a tattooed 18-year-old who can barely care for himself. However, when Jax discovers that he is a Transitioner, a member of an elite group that has access to a hidden eighth day each week, Riley may be the only one with the answers. Arthurian legends come alive as Jax learns that the eighth day was created by Merlin and other magicians to contain the power-hungry Kin. Imprisoned within a single day each week, some of the Kin and their allies are seeking to destroy the spell even if it means the world will be torn apart in the process. Ancient magic pairs nicely with modern intrigue as Jax is forced to navigate his dangerous new reality. Complicated alliances, unclear motives and ruthless villains will keep the pages turning. Although the plot is familiar, the inclusion of Arthurian legend keeps it fresh.

A promising start to a new trilogy. (Fantasy. 8-12)