Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 12 to 15
- Grade: 7 to 10
- Reading age: 12 to 15
Felix Taylor once stopped a devastating plague, but now he must save his world from humankind itself.
It’s been a year since Felix Taylor travelled back to ancient Rome and saved his world from a lethal plague. Again his knowledge of Latin seems useless now that life in the 23rd century has returned to normal. But is it really?
A stranger has discovered the time machine and used it to project back into the past. It becomes clear his purpose is to reverse Felix’s success, to bring back the plague and doom future generations to death. To make matters worse, this stranger is very close to Felix.
With help from his friend Carolyn, Felix must return to the world of Julius Caesar, as well as a later era divided by religion, to stop the re-emergence of the plague. If he fails to do so, his world will turn to dust like ancient Rome.
About the author
Nicholas Maes is a high-school history teacher and also teaches classics at the University of Waterloo. His previous novels for young people are Crescent Star, Locksmith and Laughing Wolf, which was nominated for the Snow Willow Award. Maes is also the author of Robertson Davies: Magician of Words. He lives in Toronto.
An engaging read for both the fantasy and historical genre. Recommended for recreational reading and literature study groups.
What Maes does extremely well is to challenge his readers to consider the roles that history and religion play in our lives, and to understand how vital emotion and memory actually is. Whether you’re a history buff or a sci-fi fan, these novels are entertaining and thought-provoking, and well-worth offering to tween readers.
Fortuna is a creative read that will please fans of the first book and those interested in the blending of ancient history with future technology.
Canadian Materials magazine
Other titles by Nicholas Maes
Canadian Scholars Bundle
Lucille Teasdale / Robertson Davies / George Grant / Marshall McLuhan
Canadian Literary Bundle
Susanna Moodie / Gabrielle Roy / Robertson Davies / Mazo de la Roche
Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 21–30
Louis Riel / James Wilson Morrice / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Robertson Davies / James Douglas / William C. Van Horne / George Simpson / Tom Thomson / Simon Girty / Mary Pickford
Quest Biographies Bundle — Books 21–25
Louis Riel / James Wilson Morrice / Vilhjalmur Stefansson / Robertson Davies / James Douglas
Felix Taylor Adventures 2-Book Bundle
Laughing Wolf / Fortuna
Locksmith Teachers' Guide
Dundurn Teachers' Guide
Magician of Words