Future Hero 1: Race to Fire Mountain
Remi Blackwood, illustrated by Alicia Robinson
Future Hero 1: Race to Fire Mountain is the debut novel for middle grade readers by Remi Blackwood. It is first of a thrilling, illustrated series about a boy who finds a portal to a legendary world in his local barbershop. What is more, it is a fantasy world that he has dreamed of, and drawn, himself! To his astonishment, Jarell learns that he is the hero the people of this land have been waiting for.
Jarell has never quite known where he belongs. He struggles to ‘fit in’. He is largely ignored at home and is teased at school for wanting to draw instead of playing sports with the other boys. There is just one place where he has ever felt truly at ease, his local barbershop, where his cousin, and owner, Omari, hangs Jarell’s art on the walls.
When ‘Legsy’, someone who is working with Omari in the barbershop, invites Jarell into the VIP room, little does he know his life is about to change forever. Jarell discovers a hidden portal through an ornate mirror in the VIP room. Through this, he is transported to a magical world that is unlike anything he has seen before. In this land, known as Ulfrika, it is not just the powerful gods and dangerous creatures that makes this world so different; moreover, it is that everyone believes Jarell is the hero they’ve been waiting for. Jarell must immediately face his destiny….and the danger that lies in wait.