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The Magnificent 12: The Call

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The Magnificent 12: The Call

PRESENT DAY…

There is nothing special about David MacAvoy, also known as Mack. His parents are unobservant, he’s average in school, and his entire 12-year-old existence could be summed up in one word: phobia. Mack has all the normal phobias, including claustrophobia, and continually lives his life in fear of discovering more phobias he never knew he had. Anyone who is afraid of basically everything would not be the strongest candidate for hero extraordinaire, but Mack really had no control over the mysterious visit from the old man who appeared out of thin air in the school hallway and informed Mack that he was magnificent. No, Mack had no control over becoming one of the Magnificent Twelve, and he certainly wasn’t ready.

A REALLY, REALLY LONG TIME AGO…

Grimluk’s primary purpose in life was to take care of his wife, baby, two cows, and their spoon. He had a decent job leading horses until he was inspired to enter into a new profession: fleeing. The pale queen was on the move, and everything that stood in her path was destroyed. So Grimluk and his family fled until they could flee no more. Grimluk was tasked to defend the last castle stronghold against the queen until it was discovered he possessed the enlightened puissance. He becomes one of the original Magnificent Twelve and is charged, along with the other 11, to fight the pale queen and end her horrific reign.

PRESENT DAY…

Mack’s life is immediately put into danger, and he soon finds himself swept off into an unbelievable adventure. As to not worry his parents and to try and carry on life as normally as possible, a golem resembling Mack is left behind. While the golem attempts to take the place of Mack, anything made of mud is bound to have problems in one way or another. Mack, however, has no time to worry about whether or not the golem is doing its job effectively. Instead, he has bigger problems as monsters appear out of nowhere to hunt down Mack. The worst attack comes as Mack is flying over the Atlantic Ocean. Let’s just say that falling from 15,000 feet doesn’t help Mack overcome any of his phobias.

A REALLY, REALLY LONG TIME AGO…

Grimluk and his 11 companions fought long and hard against the pale queen and in the end defeated her. However, as long as her daughter, the princess, lived, the pale queen could never be truly destroyed. It was decided that the pale queen would be cast into the depths of the world forever, or 3,000 years, whichever came first. Grimluk spent his time hunting for the princess, but was not successful in killing her. The princess could not be destroyed until she was killed 12 times, and Grimluk would not allow himself the peace of death until this happened. So he grew old and waited until he could mentor the new Magnificent Twelve to ultimate victory.

PRESENT DAY…

Mack doesn’t appreciate barely surviving a fall into the ocean, nor does he really like to be led into dark, mysterious caverns that may contain clues about the other Magnificent Twelve members. The last thing Mack wants to do is face the evil princess who wants nothing else except Mack dead. Three-thousand years is nearly over, and the time has come for the Magnificent Twelve to unite once again, but is Mack ready to answer the call?

The best part about the first installment in this new series is that Michael Grant does not take himself too seriously. While the book is action-packed and full of monsters and fantasy elements that will appeal to anyone, humor is also mixed throughout and you’ll find yourself cracking up over some of the absurd situations Mack and Grimluk find themselves in. The whole point of the book is to have fun, and the special touches Grant adds will keep you laughing from page to page. The golem is especially hilarious. Mack is a great, everyday hero, and you’ll find yourself eager to read what happens next.

Reviewed by Benjamin Boche on July 26, 2011

The Magnificent 12: The Call
by Michael Grant

  • Publication Date: July 26, 2011
  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
  • ISBN-10: 0061833673
  • ISBN-13: 9780061833670