The Magi Menagerie
(The Magi Menagerie, #1)
Publication date: September 7th 2021
Genres: Fantasy, Historical, New Adult, Young Adult
Some stars aren’t meant to be followed.
For seventeen years, Ezra Newport and his parents were habitual immigrants, traveling from their Ottoman Empire home across 20th century Europe. As the Newports migrate to Belfast, Ireland, Ezra wants nothing more to settle into a consistent life and lay the foundation of his architectural dreams. But after a strange, mechanical bounty hunter murders his mother and prompts the disappearance of his father, Ezra discovers that his parents had actually been on the run. Now, their enemies are targeting him, and they won’t stop until he is dead.
In a moment of desperation, Ezra’s fate collides with the Third Order of the Magi, a secret society dedicated to using their supernatural powers to protect their communities. With increasing violence around the world, the Magi are fairly certain they know who’s behind the attacks on Ezra and his family since the same group could also be threatening their own existence.
Both Ezra and the Magi’s survival hinges on knowledge only Ezra’s father has and the key to saving them could be buried within history itself. In a race across continents and time, both Ezra and the Magi must secure an ancient Babylonian artifact before hell is unleashed on the world. And, against all odds, Ezra must decide where his allegiances truly lie, despite what is written in the stars.
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***Top Ten Books to Movies***
Books and movies are more than entertainment. They’re keys to unlocking worlds beyond imagination. Growing up, my parents fostered a creative learning environment through reading, visiting our local library, and spending plenty of time at our nearest science museum. I ultimately attribute this to my love of learning and storytelling.
I’m a big believer that favorites can come and go throughout your life, but these have held their importance over the years and have become a staple on my bookshelves.
10: MOVIE: Mulan (1998)
This was one I actually saw in the theatres when it first came out. (Yikes, I feel incredibly old!) Though I was young, I admired the bravery Mulan demonstrated in the face of imminent war, all for the people and the country she loved. And of course, I identified with the age old question: Just who am I inside? The movie’s thematic beauty translates well across the decades, making it my number 10 pick.
9: BOOK & MOVIE: The Lord of the Rings Series by J.R.R. Tolkien
A pivotal story that shaped my early teen years was the Lord of the Rings series. My best friend Sarah had introduced me to the story, and I was immediately obsessed with the sweeping fantasy. Plus, I remember a certain crush on Elijah Wood, so there’s that.
8: MOVIE: Treasure Planet (2002)
This movie is my jam. I’m a sucker for steampunk elements and retellings, so this really fits the bill of a top favorite. Also, for the time, the movie was a pioneer in its blend of classic animation with computer animation. But like, pirates in space? Sign me up.
7: BOOKS & MOVIES: The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling
This series is pretty much on every Millenial’s bookshelf, but honestly, it did more than bring me further down into the realm of magical realism. It inspired me to write and create my own fantastic worlds at a greater scale than I had attempted that far in my short life. It was around this time I submitted my first writing piece into a nationwide contest…and won.
6: BOOK: Red, White, and Royal Blue by Casey McQuiston
While this is a relatively recent read, it wormed its way into my heart without warning. I remember crying over how amazing the story was for a good two weeks. Casey McQuiston is brilliant at storytelling and in my opinion, created a modern classic with Red, White, and Royal Blue.
5: MOVIE: (tie) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story & The original Star Wars trilogy
I was introduced to Star Wars at a young age and found myself identifying with the coming-of-age storyline that appeals to the child in all of us. While I adore the original trilogy for nostalgia’s sake, Rogue One is probably my favorite of the entire franchise. It spoke to me on a deeper level somehow, and the film’s ending just made my little Star Wars fan heart so happy.
4: BOOK & MOVIE: Holes by Louis Sachar
Unique characters, a twisty plot, and historical tie-ins? Yes, please! I remember reading this one in middle school. It enchanted me in a way I wasn’t prepared for, with its themes of destiny and making your own future. Plus, I still sing “If Only, If Only” as I climb the stairs of my apartment building as a 34-year-old woman, so obviously this had a lasting impact.
3: BOOK: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
While many left this book behind in their high school English classes, I held tight to the story for years. I found it beautiful and prophetic. Prophetic, you ask? Ray Bradbury predicted the onset of the Metaverse and flat screen televisions, as well as several other technologies we have in our modern world. He was a visionary, and that’s why his work is at the top of my book list.
2: BOOK: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
This story was so moving to me that it became an early favorite when I read it as a teenager. This world needs this story more than ever with its themes of fighting for what’s right, loving our neighbors, and standing up to those who seek to do harm. Plus, there’s this hot guy named Atticus.
1: BOOK: Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne
My all-time favorite book is an oldie but goodie that I read during my college years. While some may struggle with the formal language style, Jules Verne really set the tone for a sweeping, scientific epic and really influenced my own writing style.
Since the early age of 6, Kale Lawrence knew she either wanted to be an astronaut or an author. Obviously, the astronaut gig didn’t work out, so instead, Kale turned to fantastic fictional worlds. When Kale is not writing creatively, she works as a Marketing Manager at a pet product company, and pretends she’s an Olympic swimmer at the gym. She has also served as a board member for the South Dakota Writes organization.
In addition to books, Kale has lent her writing prowess to television, and her writing has been featured on nationwide PBS television programming, NBC newscasts, ABC newscasts, and the Travel Channel.
Kale currently lives in Sioux Falls, South Dakota with her feisty tortoiseshell calico cat, Emma Bug and sassy Siamese, Seattle Bean.