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Paperback Details
  • 12/1994
  • 978-0312953737
  • 326 pages
  • $7.39
Hardcover Details
  • 02/1994
  • 978-0312105778
  • 327 pages
  • $30.84
Ebook Details
  • 12/2013
  • B00GVSAD66
  • 336 pages
  • $7.99
Steve Zell
Author, Illustrator
WiZrD
Steve Zell, author
Boom town turned ghost town, Pinon Rim, is booming once more. But is it destined to die? Ominous signs are beginning to emerge. It's up to newly arrived, Bryce Willems, and his stepsister, Megan, to end that lethal cycle...or not.
Reviews
Feathered Quill Book Awards

"A perfect 50 out of 50 - this author knows his stuff and delivers great stories." 

"The author's ability to draw strong characters must have given him a legion of fans already. I expect him to be the next James Dashner ("The Maze Runner") if he's not already."       

- Feathered Quill Book Awards Judge's Comments

Publishers Weekly

"Zell has a sure touch when presenting Navajo lore, and his young characters are exceptionally well drawn and engaging." - Publishers Weekly

In this uneven, but ultimately effective first novel, 13-year-old Bryce Willems and his 10-year-old stepsister Megan move with their parents to Pinon Rim, a once booming Arizona mining town in the midst of a ``renaissance'' caused by the influx of artists like Bryce's father. But strange things are starting to happen in the sleepy community: a Navajo boy is found drowned, an old man and his dog go berserk, killing a sheriff's deputy. Then Megan, exploring a cave behind the Willem house, inadvertently unleashes the full fury of a powerful ancient spirit of the underworld. Bryce learns the Navajo legend of the spirit and also discovers that the spirit's wrath and not the failure of the Wizard mine, made Pinon Rim a ghost town a century before. He must find a way to stop the cycle before history repeats itself. The novel's first half drags, burdened by too many characters and too much exposition, so that the ominous events that are meant to build suspense are nearly buried in verbiage. Nonetheless, all the laboriously spun threads furiously unwind in a hair-raising, fast-paced climax that makes the rest worthwhile. Zell has a sure touch when presenting Navajo lore, and his young characters are exceptionally well drawn and engaging.

News
02/13/2019
WiZrD 1st Place in 2019 Feathered Quill Book Awards - Backlist/All Genres!

"A perfect 50 out of 50 - this author knows his stuff and delivers great stories." "The author's ability to draw strong characters must have given him a legion of fans already. I expect him to be the next James Dashner ("The Maze Runner") if he's not already."        - Feathered Quill Book Awards Judge's Comments

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 12/1994
  • 978-0312953737
  • 326 pages
  • $7.39
Hardcover Details
  • 02/1994
  • 978-0312105778
  • 327 pages
  • $30.84
Ebook Details
  • 12/2013
  • B00GVSAD66
  • 336 pages
  • $7.99

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