The Rise of a Golden Lion

Children - Fantasy/Sci-Fi
231 Pages
Reviewed on 07/14/2021
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Author Biography

Michael Feng is from Taiwan. He lived in Boston up until he was three when he moved to Hong Kong due to his father’s job transition. His global vision was gradually broadened. At the age of six, he developed a strong passion for story writing and began composing short stories. He has dreamed of becoming an author ever since then.

When Michael was seven, he suffered from HSP, an immune system disease, for half a year. He then began his journey as a homeschooler. After getting rid of his busy school life, he was blessed with more time to pursue his interests: reading and writing. He read over a hundred books in a single month during his illness. Some of his favorite reads include the Famous Five series, the Harry Potter series, the Percy Jackson series, the Inheritance Cycle, the Sherlock Holmes series, and the works of Jules Verne. His favorite movie series include the Marvel Cinematic Universe, the DC Extended Universe, and the X-Men movies.

He has always wondered why there isn’t a classic superhero book series suitable for children—most adult ones include graphic violence, swearing, and sexual content. Thus, he began to develop a new breed of heroes himself and published his debut novel—The Rise of a Golden Lion—when he was twelve.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Kristen Van Kampen (Teen Reviewer) for Readers' Favorite

In The Rise of a Golden Lion by Michael Feng, Ranford Tremble is an average biologist, but after an attack by a mutant lion, he changes. This experience gives him supernatural abilities, including superspeed, superstrength, and the ability to sonic roar. Soon, he learns of an ongoing battle between the evil Jacen Lee and a group of secret agents and fellow mutants who aim to stop him, called SHRIKE. The SHRIKE team wants Ranford to join them, but he isn’t sure if he wants to join them or lead an average life. But Jacen Lee is up to something, and the SHRIKE team is desperate for Ranford’s help. Will he join them?

With thrilling action scenes and likable characters, The Rise of a Golden Lion by Michael Feng is an enjoyable read. The narrative is very descriptive and makes some interesting and humorous analogies. For example, it describes a character’s facial expression like the one you make when hit by a French baguette. The story is action-packed and filled with exciting battle scenes that keep the reader wondering what happens next. I thought the way the characters gained their abilities was very intriguing and creative. The characters themselves were likable and fascinating, and I liked how each one was unique from the others. For example, some are serious while others are more carefree, which made the story more interesting. This book is an exciting read, and I highly recommend it to people who like superheroes stories.