An Action-Packed Novella Worth Every Penny
Wade and the Scorpion’s Claw
by Tony Abbott
Series: The Copernicus Archives (Book 1)
Publication Date: September 9, 2014
Publisher: Katherine Tegen Books
Starred Review: Kirkus
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12 quests. 12 relics. And a race to save the fate of the world.
Travel deeper into the mysterious world of the Copernicus Legacy with the Copernicus Archives: exciting, fast-paced novellas that get you close to the characters and the heart of the adventure.
Wade and the Scorpion’s Claw picks up right where The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone left off, with the Kaplan family seeking the next Copernicus relic. Now Wade, the curious, analytical, yet starry-eyed member of the group, leads the chase for another relic through the busy streets of San Francisco while on the run from one of Galina Krause’s most treacherous henchmen. Solving the riddles that will reveal the relic’s location involves making alliances with suspicious strangers and guarding an ancient Chinese artifact that people would risk their lives to protect—or steal.
If you read The Copernicus Legacy: The Forbidden Stone, you’ll want to follow up by reading Tony Abbott’s latest entry, Wade and the Scorpion’s Claw, the first in a companion series of novellas collectively called The Copernicus Archives. If you’re a little leery of buying novellas due to the too-frequent trend of digital short-stories sold under the title “novella” in the YA market, have no fear. Priced at $2.99 in digital format and $3.99 in print, I can assure you that you’ll get your money’s worth if you decide to purchase this book. In fact, at 129 pages on my Nook or 224 pages in print, Wade and the Scorpion’s Claw is a bargain.
The action begins on the return plane ride from the group’s last foray before spilling over into an airport, a hotel, and the City of San Francisco, including Chinatown. Abbott refreshes your memory by quickly recapping the key players and events from his series opener before thrusting you straight into the action in this tale. Though I haven’t yet read book two (which will release October 7th), this installment serves as a bridge between the books in the main storyline, filling in a gap in time and functioning as the perfect appetizer to make you hungry for the next full-length adventure.
Everything that contributed to the success of The Forbidden Stone is present here: non-stop action and suspense, interesting puzzles and clues, a fittingly scary new villain (or maybe two?), and a likeable cast of young heroes. As in the first book, there is a thematic emphasis on family and the strength that one can gain as part of a loving unit. Wade narrates this entry, and while Abbott never strays long from the plot, as they tag along with the extended Kaplan crew readers will get to know them better and look forward to future relic hunts.
— Dawn Teresa
4 of 5 Hearts. An Action-Packed Novella Worth Every Penny.
Wade and the Scorpion’s Claw continues the adventures of the Kaplan clan by giving readers more of what they loved from book one. This companion piece at once satisfies your appetite for excitement while leaving you hungry for The Copernicus Legacy, Book 2: The Serpent’s Curse.
Continue the story in The Copernicus Legacy, Book 2: The Serpent’s Curse.