Clara Wu and the Portal Book: Book One
Vincent Yee, author
An epic young adult Asian American fantasy adventure where Clara Wu, Sung Kim, Yuka Satoh and Daniel Nguyen must battle a demonic Warlock to save the world. But they are not alone as they are paired up with their trustworthy Guardians, the panda, white tiger, red crown crane and the water buffalo. - - - Clara stared down hopelessly at the glistening shards of the Bamboo Jade that was supposed to be unbreakable. She looked up to see the rabid mayhem all about her as the elite battle pandas protectively encircled her from the Warlock’s fiery creatures. Just a few weeks ago, she was a typical Chinese American teenager from New York City until she was whisked away into the realm of Azen, where she became the Panda Empress Warrior. Her eyes darted above the pandas’ helmets as she saw her fellow warriors fighting the horde of creatures from above. Sung, Yuka and Daniel were frantically casting their dwindling powerful elements. Fatigue was taking a toll on them along with the armies of the Tiger, Crane and Buffalo Kingdoms. They had fought the first half of the arduous battle and were counting on Clara and the Panda Kingdom army to defeat the last of the creatures. Then they broke through the last barrier. Suddenly, her eyes bulged as a fiery creature leapt over the battle pandas; its claws outstretched toward her as fire glowed from its snapping jaw. But before it could sink its claws into her, the end of a bamboo spear struck its head, slamming it to the ground. The Guardian Panda came into view and took one last glance at her before he turned away to make one last stand. Clara felt her courage abandon her as she was supposed to protect the Panda Kingdom but they were on the precipice of loss. Her eyes fell on her wrist, and the jewel glistened back at her. Instinctively, she reached out for it and knew it was their last hope.