A New Kind Of Hero Will Rise
"If you are looking for a good book for maybe a 12 to 15 year old that is relevant, diverse and exciting, I would definitely recommend this.
Fantasy Action and Sci-Fi Meets Hip-Hop
Kid Vega and the Sorcerer of Mali is the origins of a brand new universe that dares to ask:
'If Words are power, literally, then who among us would be the most powerful?'
A rap kid and his superstar rap
family is about to find out!
For twelve-year-old Ayden Arcturus, heir to a billion-dollar rap music empire, life is already magical. He and his family travel the world in private jets and super yachts, revealing secrets of Earth's untold history.
When Ayden stumbles upon a powerful diamond pendant in Africa, his charmed life quickly spirals out of control. The pendant reveals dimensions, filled with legendary creatures convinced that Ayden is a powerful sorcerer. When forces of evil discover Ayden has the pendant, they conspire to kidnap his family, steal the pendant, and bring an ancient evil Sorcerer King back to life.
Now, with the help of newfound friends, Aniyah and Three-J, Ayden must learn of the power behind the pendant, the truth about magic, and team up with powerful fairies, warrior trolls, formidable bodyguards, and his uniquely destined family to defeat the Sorcerer King and prevent a war between realms.
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About the book
Kid Vega and The Sorcerer of Mali is a full-length novel with no pictures or illustrations so for some kids these days (and even some adults) it will be an exercise in endurance. My hope is the story and journey is like a long enjoyable hike where it's more fun than exercise.
Parents please help your children to master the art of focusing long enough to read books (especially novels) in their entirety. It is a desperately needed life-long skill with a direct correlation to success in life.
While I wrote this book in a family friendly manner please note there are PG depictions of adults using firearms and other weaponry in defense of and against fictional characters and fantasy creatures.
Historical references are based on research but liberties have been taken and fictionalization added for the story and to spark ideas, thoughts, and discussion of the possible.
Teachers and librarians this book has been cataloged with the Library of Congress and published with a CIP data block.
E-Books are now available. But also please consider joining me in supporting getting real physical books in new readers hands. I strongly believe a novel, in physical form, in a reader's hands, can be a catalyst and a spark for life long reading.
As an African American father I've always found it concerning that my children, (especially my boys), had a difficult time finding books with fantastical stories and plots that they could relate to or even heroic characters that looked like them.
Sure there was no shortage of books paying homage to the profound history of great African Americans or books of self affirmation for children of the African Diaspora. But where was the full-length middle-grade novel, the fun-filled "Harry Potter" or "Percy Jackson" book with children of color as the primary protagonist and heroes?
Well, like the late great author and Nobel Laureate Toni Morrison said:
"If there is a book that you want to read but it hasn't been written, yet, then you must write it."
So in 2020 I wrote. And this is what came of it.
"Kid Vega and the Sorcerer of Mali" is an epic tale of a rich and famous African American hip-hop family and an unbelievable new power that they were born to harness. As a book this tale truly takes the art of storytelling to the next level in an effort to keep the reader engaged. As a universe the premise is so unique and so original that it could change how superhero stories are created, told, and hopefully filmed forever.
But let there be no mistake, this book, this universe, and this story is for all kids and adults of all ages, who come from all walks of life.
However as an African American man and father I've written this story in a book format first so that children of color - who are often marginalized or misrepresented in all sorts of media - at the most critical and formative time of their life, have a middle-grade novel in which they might relate. For me that is as important as anything that may or may not come of this adventure in authorship and publishing.
As a parent I sincerely believe that if children of color are written to with grand stories of escapism, fun, and heroism, especially those in which they can relate, they will be avid readers for life.
I also believe that the more words kids lift off the paper of books and into their minds, the stronger their thinking becomes. And this has a direct impact on who they become and their success in life.
As for the rest of my story; I'm a father, a husband, the son of a loving mother and a PK, a brother to four public school teachers and one political commentator, a fan of all music especially hip-hop, a sci-fi geek, a history junkie, a quantifiable nerd, a former military reservist, and a hi-tech employee with a lengthy career in the IT industry as a consultant and instructor. And now - an author.