Reviewed by Rolanda Lyles for Readers' Favorite
Jim West's Bellum de Numeros is the final book in the four-book Magicae Mathematica series that concludes the story of Alex, Archimedes, Nosaj, Maya, Daedalus, and many other friends. In this fantasy adventure story, Alex has traveled through time with a calculator, and she continues on a journey with her friends in search of a way to get back home. The group's enemy, an evil wizard, has taken the powerful calculator and wants to destroy everyone. The group has to fight against the evil Master Wizard and stop him before he destroys the world. Time is running out, and everyone believes Alex is the important missing variable but does Alex believe it? Can one person make a difference? Their success in this inevitable battle depends on it, and if Alex wants any chance of going back home, she will have to try.
Jim West uses figures from Greek mythology such as Aristotle and Archimedes throughout the story. His writing also incorporates the use of Latin and math in a way that is both creative and catchy for young minds. West movingly portrays Alex's internal battle over her confidence in her abilities and her grieving the loss of friends. Bellum de Numeros is a fast-paced, action-packed fantasy story that will keep you on the edge of your seat and wanting more. A genius mix of mathematics, sorcery, and heroic efforts that anyone could find enjoyable. Infused with reminders of being brave even with the cards stacked against you, West's writing is full of positive reminders encouraging young readers to do what's right even when it gets tough. A true David and Goliath type story.