Reviewed by David Savage
Metatron: The Mystical Blade by Laurence St. John is the second book in the Metatron series.
13 year old Tyler Thompson is on a journey to become a fully-fledged superhero, along with the help of his dog Maxx, his friends and his karate teacher. He already has some impressive superpowers including Flash speed, an impenetrable force field, enhanced vision, an extraordinarily high intellect and is developing more all the time.
After receiving a mysterious text message that threatens revenge against him, his family and friends by the man that killed his father, who has escaped from prison, he goes on a mission to find Dr Payne and return him to prison. To do this he has to enter the mysterious and high security AREA 51 where the meteorite that will give him the rest of his powers and fulfil his destiny is believed to be hidden along with his grandfather.
He is in a race against time to retrieve his full powers, stop Dr Payne and help the world in a battle of good versus evil while figuring out how to use all his new powers and the Mystical Blade. He has to do this all while still being a normal teenager with school, classes, friends and his girlfriend.
Overall, although this book is aimed at teenagers and young adults I found it very enjoyable. Fast paced with lots of action that teenagers will love. A superhero story with fighting, shooting, knifes and violence (not excessive or extreme) and lots cool superpowers teenagers will love this fantasy story.
The story also has a message telling kids to rise above their problems, while respecting their parents and other people, to study and work hard and be a good person. It also has themes covering divorce, young love and friendship.
While this series may appeal more to 13 year old boys, it will also appeal to girls in the form of Tyler’s girlfriend who keeps him grounded but who is also more than capable of looking after herself with her karate skills.
I haven’t read the first book in the series, Metatron: The Angel Has Risen, but this one is written in such a way that if you haven’t read the previous one you can still enjoy this as a standalone book as it gives flashbacks to anything that is needed to know.
A very enjoyable story and I would highly recommend it.
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