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The Children’s Book Review
Andrew Varga’s A Jump in Time books are engaging historical fiction adventures that center around a young boy named Dan Renfrew. Filled with mystery, humor, and suspense; the series captures critical moments in history through the eyes of Dan as he fights to save history from glitches that threaten the universe’s future forever.
The story begins with the first installment, The Last Saxon King. In this book, ordinary sixteen-year-old Dan Renfew is accidentally transported back in time to England in 1066. He soon realizes that he’s trapped in the past, and the only way Dan can return home is to set history back on its proper course in the Anglo-Saxon age. In this adventure, he encounters many people from the past, including Vikings, Normans, and the newly-crowned King Harold Godwinson.
Dan grapples with the revelation that he’s descended from a long line of time jumpers—secret heroes who travel to the past and resolve glitches in the time stream that threaten to alter subsequent history.
The story continues in Varga’s upcoming sequel, The Celtic Deception. Dan and his friend, Sam, travel to 60 CE on the Celtic island of Anglesey, where the pair must once again set history on its correct course, even if the outcome isn’t pretty. With two Roman legions coming to wipe out the entire island, Dan and Sam are the only ones who can step up and stop the villainous Victor Stahl’s plot…but time is running out!
As a historian, Varga prides himself on his careful research to depict historical events and people accurately, all while telling a fresh and interesting story for a young audience. For kids interested in historical figures and battles with a twist, this series is a must-read.
The Celtic Deception will be available online and wherever fine books are sold in the US and Canada on August 15th, 2023.
The Celtic Deception
Written by Andrew Varga
Ages 12+ | 305 Pages
Publisher: Imbrifex Books | ISBN-13: 9781945501876
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About the Author
Ever since his mother told him he was descended from Vikings, Andrew Varga has had a fascination for history. He’s read hundreds of history books, watched countless historical movies, and earned a BA from the University of Toronto with a specialist in history and a major in English. Andrew has traveled extensively across Europe, where he toured some of the most famous castles, museums, and historical sites that Europe has to offer.
During his travels, he accumulated a collection of swords, shields, and other medieval weapons that now adorn his personal library. He is skilled in fencing and Kendo—the Japanese art of sword fighting. He has also used both longbows and crossbows, built a miniature working trebuchet, knit his own shirt of chain mail, and earned a black belt in karate. Andrew currently lives in the greater Toronto area with his wife Pam, their three children, and their mini-zoo of two dogs, two cats, a turtle, and some fish. It was his children’s love of reading, particularly historical and fantasy stories, that inspired Andrew to write this series.