The Chronicles of Avantia #4: Fire and Fury

Series: The Chronicles of Avantia

by Adam Blade

Scholastic Press
January 2013

Ages 10 – 11 . Grades 5 – 6

Lexile measure: 780L

DRA: 50

Guided Reading: U

Tanner, Gwen, Castor, and Rufus have collected three pieces of the ancient mask that bestows the power to control all of Avantia's Beasts to the wearer. Only one final portion remains and it is being held in Derthsin's fiery volcanic lair.

As the group travels toward the furious showdown, Tanner is plagued by the desire to put on the powerful Mask of Anoret. His struggle is amplified by the constant arguing between his friends. Only a united front of these four warriors and their powerful Beasts will be strong enough to defeat Derthsin and his army. The fate of all of Avantia is at stake and Tanner is determined to see that all of their sacrifice has not been in vain. But an unsettling premonition has been following Tanner's progress and the losses may have just begun.
Adam Blade

Adam Blade is in his late twenties, and was born in Kent, England. His parents were both history teachers and amateur artists, and Adam grew up surrounded by his father's paintings of historic English battles which left a lifelong mark on his imagination. He was also fascinated by the ancient sword and shield that hung in his father's office. Adam's father said they were a Blade family heirloom.

Sadly, Adam does not have his own Ice Dragon or Ghost Panther. But he really wishes he did!



    "This slim series starter is a good choice for youngsters fascinated by the struggle of good versus evil in the Lord of the Rings movies but not quite ready to take on Tolkien's voluminous text." -Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

    "This first volume in a promising new series is fizzy, fast-paced adventure all the way....A slim, easy-to-read, high-interest offering that will be an easy sell to readers just venturing into chapter books." -Kirkus Reviews


    "Readers will be clamoring for the next volumes in this gripping, easy-to-read, high-interest series, which is a terrific introduction to the genre." -Kirkus Reviews


--- - Every so often, Firepos called softly to Gulkien, who growled back. From the ground Falkor would hiss. The sounds were hesitant and cautious. They're making their own battle plans, Tanner realized. The Beasts were fighting for their lives, too - ! ' if Derthsin got his hands on the mask, he could control them for his own evil ends.
The flame bird gave a low screech in response, and heat surged through her
feathers. Tanner gripped his Beast tighter as an orange glow shone through the fog.
"We''re close!" he shouted to Gwen. "Tell the others!"
She nodded, and placed a hand on the back on Gulkien''s furry neck. The Wolf Beast dipped his head and sank through the air with the wind buffeting his leathery wings. Tanner fixed his eyes on the volcano''s peak as they broke through the last shreds of mist.
His gaze fell from the spurting lava, down the scorched track where it flowed through the steep, forested slopes. His heart almost stopped when he saw what awaited them.'

Jacketed Hardcover / Adhesive

ISBN: 9780545361545

192pp. | 5-½ x 8-¼