Lexicon Chase and the Scrolls of the Harlequin

Book One

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
320 Pages
Reviewed on 10/26/2015
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Author Biography

Jonathan Fore was born in Marysville, Ohio in 1968, the third son of Dave and Judy Fore. After graduating Manalapan High School in 1987, Jon enlisted in the United States Navy, serving a combat role during Desert Storm.

Jonathan lives in Florida with his beautiful wife Lisa, and three wonderful children, two dogs (Katie aka. Nutter-Butter-Butt and Po-po), and a cat or two. The cats' names were withheld because cats don't really use them. I mean, why would they? They never come when you call them. I suppose if you could spell the sound of a cat food can being opened ...

Now Jonathan works as a full-time technologist, fails as an impromptu comedian, works with inspiring writers both young and old, and is a full time biker (almost always successful).

Jonathan is currently writing a young adult novel series called Lexicon Chase and the Kingdom of Everhope, the first title, 'Lexicon Chase and the Scrolls of the Harlequin' was released to critical acclaim on September 25th of 2015.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite

Oh my goodness! I just finished reading a book that I simply will not be able to stop raving about! Lexicon Chase: Scrolls of the Harlequin by debut novelist Jonathan Fore is simply a masterful read in the genre of fantasy for young adults, introducing readers to our protagonist, Lexicon Chase, a young woman trying to figure out life. And what she's figured out so far is that she's not too crazy about her particular life. She doesn't have the best clothes, she doesn't wear make up, she has no cellphone and no boyfriend. But when her grandmother gives her a special gift, a family heirloom, her life definitely starts to change. When the gift magically transports Lexicon to Everhope, a fantastical kingdom, she realizes that there's much more to her life, and her family, than she ever thought. Lexicon is destined to be a queen, and living the life of a princess has her quite enamored. But when she realizes that the only way she will reign is to summon a courage she isn't sure that she has to defeat those who seek to get rid of her, it's uncertain if her time in Everhope will truly last.

I loved this book. Loved. It. First of all, let's talk about the author's choice of the main character's name. Lexicon Chase. I mean, really, is there a more perfect name than that for such a character? I think not. Lexicon Chase: Scrolls of the Harlequin is a book that grabbed me from the very first page and I simply could not put it down until the end. It was that great! Any reader who loves a great fantasy, young adult or not, should absolutely pick up this book and read it as soon as possible. I was thrilled to see that this book is the first in a planned series. I, for one, will be anxiously waiting for the next book in this series by author Jonathan Fore. If this promising new author continues to write with this level of passion and intensity, I think it likely that we'll be seeing his name on the bestseller's lists soon!

Kim Anisi

Lexicon Chase: Scrolls of the Harlequin by Jonathan Fore is the story of Lexicon Chase, also called Lexi. Or Princess. In the beginning, she is nothing but an unpopular girl who gets bullied every day - so much so that one day she can hardly bear it any longer. That is the day when her grandmother shows her how to travel to a different world - a world in which the women of her line are queens and princesses. Lexi feels wonderful in this world; she can finally be who she wants to be without being bullied. However, there are also those who do not want outsiders to be the rulers of the land. There also is a curse and Lexi wants to break it. But for that, she has to find a missing library and she cannot trust everybody.

I enjoyed Lexicon Chase: Scrolls of the Harlequin by Jonathan Fore so much that I finished the book in two sittings. I would recommend the book to people who like stories along the lines of unpopular, unhappy, almost suicidal girl finds a way to a magical world and discovers that there is more to her than she ever expected. Yes, there are many stories like that, but Lexicon Chase stands out because the characters are very well developed, and the world is described wonderfully. The author clearly knows how to use adjectives to his advantage, but without using too many of them, or using boring old cliches to describe people and objects. It is just perfect for a reader's imagination. I like the idea that Lexicon went out to look for a lost library. Kind of fits her name, too. She is a rather likeable character, and I am sure that many readers will fall in love with her.

Ray Simmons

Lexicon Chase: Scrolls of the Harlequin by Jonathan Fore is the perfect fantasy book for young girls. Don’t get me wrong, boys will enjoy it too but certain girls will love it. I liked this series a lot and if it keeps up the fun and excitement in books to come we may have another Harry Potter on our hands. Lexicon Chase starts in a fashion similar to Harry Potter. We have a smart quiet person who is bullied and tormented. It’s impossible for Lexicon to know her worth in our world and one of the most powerful scenes in the story occurs a little after Lexicon’s abrupt arrival in Everhope. Maybell the chambermaid does her makeup and for the very first time in her young life the young Lexicon feels beautiful.

Lexicon is now a princess. Instead of being bullied and teased, now everyone respects or even fears her. It is a big adjustment but Lexicon jumps into her new life of magic, assassins, and a lost library as if she has been given a new lease on life. She dives into her new life and her new kingdom and we get to watch her grow and mature. She has always been a good person, even a great person, but she just couldn’t bloom in our modern, mundane world. The writing is excellent. The morals and lessons are relevant to kids and teenagers everywhere. Jonathan Fore has a sure winner here and I won’t be surprised to see Lexicon on the big screen one day.

Maria Beltran

Jonathan Fore’s Lexicon Chase and the Scrolls of the Harlequin is an engaging young adult, fantasy and adventure novel. As the story unravels, we get to know sixteen-year-old Lexicon Chase, an awkward young girl who is regularly bullied. From school, she regularly passes by her grandmother’s dilapidated small house on the way to a trailer that she and her mother call home. One day, her grandmother shows her a rose and tells her that at its heart can be found the kingdom of Everhope. Indeed, as Lexi blinks at the rose, she is transported to the kingdom where her grandmother is known as Queen Abigail and she is treated as a princess. Thus begins a charmed life where she gets to wear beautiful gowns, eat the best food, ride the best horses and command the kingdom’s soldiers herself. All is not well in Everhope, however, as Lexi discovers that a druid has put a curse on it. Determined to lift the curse on her doomed kingdom, Lexi will go on a dangerous quest. Will she find what she is looking for?

Lexicon Chase and the Scrolls of the Harlequin is Book One in a series and centers on the life and amazing adventures of Lexi Chase. Obviously, author Jonathan Fore’s imagination knows no bounds and his story is certainly entertaining. Imagine a poor awkward girl of sixteen being transformed into a princess in a wink - then it is just normal that she will get into a lot of trouble in her elegant new role. What makes Lexi’s character endearing is her transformation from a poor bullied kid to a benevolent princess. And while some of her subjects plot her downfall, Princess Lexi goes on a mission to save her kingdom. The characters in this story are well rounded and there is an effort to show something good in all of them, including the villains. And Everhope, Princess Lexi’s new home, is a kingdom populated by knights, druids, unicorns, ogres, fairies, talking butterflies, and ghostly men among others. After reading this book, it will not be surprising if Jonathan Fore’s readers will eagerly look forward to his next edition. I highly recommend this book!

Romuald Dzemo

Lexicon Chase: Scrolls of the Harlequin by Jonathan Fore is one of the fantasy books that will lead readers into a thrilling Narnia-like adventure. Lexicon Chase is just an ordinary girl with nothing special about her – one might even get the feeling that she doesn’t really fit with herself. But an heirloom from her grandma opens a portal into another world, another universe, and to her utter delight, she finds out that it is the kingdom she’s destined to rule. Although Lexicon loves everything about her new role in her new world, she also has enemies who’d do everything to see her fail and the question is: Can she find the courage and the strength to defend her new kingdom from destruction?

Lexicon Chase: Scrolls of the Harlequin is the kind of book that will immediately appeal to fans of the Chronicles of Narnia and of the fairy tales most readers are familiar with. Jonathan Fore has the gift of making readers forget the moment and travel to a world they only wish could exist. The way Lexicon Chase develops from an awkward, simple girl into a woman with a noble personality is very interesting. The author makes his story very accessible through the beauty of its language. The plot is fast-paced, the characters compelling, and the story itself is humorous without lacking in the values that make fairy tales the sunny country of commonsense. I loved this book and highly recommend it to everyone who loves reading fantasy. Jonathan Fore provides a beautiful escape from the monotony of life in the form of an exquisite read.