Book Review: Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow

Jake Ransom and the Skull King's Shadow
Jake Ransom and the Skull King’s Shadow by James Rollins

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Just as good as the first time I read it!

Jake and Kady’s parents were archaeologists, lost and presumed dead in the jungles while they studied ancient Mayan pyramids. When Jake and Kady use an artifact their parents found, they are transported to a mysterious world of dinosaurs and lost tribes of people. They’ve barely had time to explore and make a few friends, when the lost civilization comes under attack from the evil Skull King. Jake and Kady must choose between searching for a way home, and defending the strange world they’ve been dropped into.

Magic crystals, strange alchemy, ancient tribes and traditions, extinct animals, and archaic festivals; this adventure has such a beautifully imaginative world! I love how the whole alchemy/magic system works and plays such a large part in the plot.
Action and intrigue and plot twists abound in this story, with barely a moment’s rest. It really keeps you reading and reading!

Jake is a beautifully complex main character. We get to see deep into his motivations as he takes each step forward in the plot. He remembers the lessons his father taught him, so he makes the hard decision. He reacts from the pain of losing his parents, so he holds back when he should have been honest. He holds onto his sister emotionally, even though she makes him completely exasperated, because family is important, even though sometimes it hurts. Both Jake and Kady are incredibly realistic and flawed characters, and I loved reading about them!

I wish the series was finished already, but it’s been years and years, and no sign of a third book yet. Disappointment! Give me more!

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