Teens’ Top Ten Nominee for 2008: Jango by William Nicholson

Jango continues the story of Seeker, Book One of the Noble Warriors series. Sit back and envision yourself entering a mega cinema with stadium seating. Settle back in your seat with your large bucket of popcorn and 44 oz. Coke to get ready for a major summer blockbuster movie: Jango!

William Nicholson is the screenplay writer for Gladiator and Shadowlands, both of which were nominated for the Academy Awards, and Jango feels like it is also written for the big screen with big name movie stars for its characters. The story picks up with the training of the three young Noma Warriors: Seeker, Wildman and Morning Star. They are close to completing their preparation as revered Noma Warriors, but not before they each encounter their final test which will reveal weakness in two them and greatness in the third. Friends during their training, they each now face their separate destinies, which will take them to far away places and unexpected battles which rival scenes from The Lord of the Rings.

Wildman has powerful aspirations of self glory, which eventually get him kicked out of the Noma, and Morning Star discovers her long standing smoldering love for Wildman, and has to decide if she will run off with Wildman and leave her calling as a Noma Warrior or not. Seeker has a far more deadly calling as he alone heads off to fight the Nomma’s enemies: the Orlan Army and the Axer Army who are both warring for the control of Anacrea, the home of countless noble but humble villagers, and the destruction of Seekers’ beloved Noma Society.

Jango is filled with mystical creatures and dark powers vying for the souls of man and evil leaders with aspirations for immortality and eternal dominance over every living thing as their goal. The players are all in place, the battle field is chosen, but who will step up to fulfill their destiny and save the day? Oh, and what on earth does the title Jango have to do with any of this? You’ll have to read to find out!

Jango is a nominee for the 2008 Teens’ Top Ten. To read more about the Teens’ Top Ten program, click here. To request this book from the library, click here. And don’t forget to place your vote during Teen Read Week, October 12-18, 2008.

Reviewed by Connie Harr from Holly Springs Public Library

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