Zoe and Zak blog tour

Riordan-Like Hindu Mythology Adventure Series!

About the Book

Title: Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple (Zoe & Zak Series, Book #3)

Author: Lars Guignard

Publisher: Fantastic Press

Publication Date: January 1, 2014

Number of Pages: 267

Recommended Age: 8+


Last semester, Zoe and Zak returned the first lost Noble Truth to its rightful home. Now, Zoe and Zak are back in India for their second semester at Moonstock Himalayan Academy. School kicks off with the Activity Week Challenge in the tiny mountain kingdom of Bhutan where the students must deliver medical supplies.

Things, however, take a turn for the worse, when Zak becomes deathly ill after an encounter with a strange floating bubble. On returning to Moonstock, Zoe and Zak discover that a creature has come through the lava hole far below their dormitory. When Zoe and Zak follow the creature, they soon discover what they must do.

They have been tasked with finding the second lost Noble Truth — the Tiger Eye of Justice. Finding the Tiger Eye sounds like an impossible mission, and it’s only made more confusing when Zak discovers that he has been given a supernatural power to help them with their task– a power which Zak, for the life of him, just can’t control. But he’s going to have to learn how to use his new ability, because if Zoe and Zak can’t find the Tiger Eye quickly, Zak’s time will run out.


My Take

I am a big fan of the Zoe and Zac series. I think it’s the perfect action adventure series to hand to kids who have read every word that Rick Riordan has ever written. Even better — this series is set in modern day India with a backdrop of Hindu mythology. Because Lars Guignard lived in India as a child, he writes vividly of both the Indian countryside and urban India while weaving in Hindu gods with a nail biting adventure.

Here’s an example of how Guigard weaves in history into his story:

“Thank you. I keep meaning to take it to the tailor to have it fitted for me. It is a Coat of Ten Thousand Nails. Mughal armor. Have you learned about the Mughals in school?

We all shook our heads.

“They are a very famous dynasty of kings who lived many hundreds of years ago. Some say all of India experienced a golden age under their rule. Shah Jahan, the most famous of the Mughals, built the Taj Majal for his wife.”

Taj Mahal, Mughal dynasty, Zoe and Zak

Coat of 10 thousand nais Mughal armor

Ottoman armour and helmets (kept in Topkapı Palace) 

This Riordan-Like Hindu mythology adventure series is perfect for those kids who like the combination of action set in modern times but with historical references to ancient beliefs.  Zoe and Zac are armed with latent powers and special equipment which they need given the save-the-world tasks they are given. Each book in the series reveals their different abilities and magical items. His series is a page turner while also embedding culture and mythology from India, a winning combination!


Buzz About the Zoe & Zak Series

Book 1: “Awesome! ~ I am 11 and I liked the book because I love adventures. It was a different kind of adventure from what I usually read and it was funny too. ” ~ 5-Star Review from J. Olsen, Amazon

Book 1: “This was a fun read. This book was like a kid’s version of Indiana Jones. It’s also very educational as Zoe tells you real facts about what she sees and the history. I enjoyed it immensely. If you have a 10-12 year old child that loves adventure books, this is definitely a must read. ” ~ 5-Star review from Simone Lilly-Egerter, Amazon

Book 1: “I’m sure this book was written for children who are around the age of the two children in the book, 11 or so. But, this 35 year old loved this book! It had action, adventure and imagination galore! It was exactly the kind of adventure that a lot of kids that age dream of.” ~ 5-Star review from The Novice Christian, Amazon

Book 2: “I have a 10 year old son who is an avid reader!! He loves books, (but he’s picky too) he loved Harry Potter and Percy Jackson. He was so excited to read the 2nd book in this series! When I presented him the first book he was not sure he would like it but changed his mind quickly, then when I heard about the 2nd book being released he almost jumped out of his chair! (no exaggeration) He is anxiously awaiting the 3rd book! I would say that any child who enjoys fantasy/adventure books should read this series! It is a well written page turner! It’s a fun story that adults can even enjoy the storyline without getting bored! According to my son, ‘every kid should read this series’. ” ~ 5-Star review from SavyGreenSaver, Amazon

Book 2: “I loved this book, even as an adult reading it. I was completely sucked into the plot and was constantly finding myself staying up “just a little longer” to read one more chapter. Different twists and turns in the book have you constantly guessing who is behind what and who Zak and Zoe can trust. I could definitely see myself being involved in this series as a middle schooler considering how much I enjoyed it even now. Another thing I liked about it is if you missed the first book, you could still follow along with this one and not be lost.” ~ 5-Star review from Staci, Amazon

Book 2: “Lars Guignard has done a fabulous job with this series. I loved the `Ghost Leopard’ & love this one even more. For late-elementary to middle school age readers, you can’t beat this series. It’s fun and fast-paced. Even my picky fifth grader enjoyed every page. There are bits of magic thrown in keep the action exciting. Mr. Guignard has a brilliant imagination & readers are blessed that he’s chosen to use it for YA fiction. If you’ve yet to read the first installment in this series, do yourself a favor and read these books back to back. Don’t limit it just to kids! Adults will have a blast reading these too!” ~ 5-Star review from Liz Terek, Amazon



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About The Author: Lars Guignard

Lars Guignard

Prior to writing novels, Lars Guignard wrote for film and television. As a teenager he attended boarding school in the Indian Himalayas and his experiences there provided the inspiration for the Zoe and Zak series which now include: Zoe & Zak and the Ghost Leopard, Zoe & Zak and the Yogi’s Curse, and Zoe & Zak and the Tiger Temple.

He lives in the Pacific Northwest where he dodges bears and cougars while hiking & skiing the magnificent Coast Mountain Range.

For news about new releases, please join his email list by contacting the author: Zoe&ZakAdventures@gmail.com

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Tiger Temple Blog Tour Schedule (2014)

January 15

Mother Daughter Book Reviews (Launch & Review)

Mary-andering Among the Pages (Review)

January 16

Jump Into a Book (Review)

January 17

Brooke Blogs (Review)

January 19

Nik’s Picks Book Reviews (Review)

January 20

Houseful of Chaos (Review)

January 21

Black Words – White Pages Kids (Review)

January 22

For the Love of Books (Review)

January 23

Fiona Ingram (Review)

January 24

Stitch Says (Review)

January 25

Just Thinking (Review)

January 27

Bound 4 Escape (Review)

January 28

Fantasy Fun With Kirstin Pulioff (Review)

January 29

We are the DinoFamily (Review)

Cheryl Carpinello’s Writing Pages (Review)

January 30

Pragmatic Mom (Review)

January 31

Giveaway Breaking News for Indonesia (Review)

February 1

The Dragyn’s Lair (Review)

February 2

Kids Book Group (Review)

February 3

Bookworm for Kids (Review)

February 4

The World of ContestPatti (Review)

February 5

BeachBoundBooks (Review)

February 6

Best Kids’ Reads (Review)

Kay LaLone I Love Books (Review)

February 7

InkSpired: A Blog (Review)

February 8

Jemima Pett, Author (Review)

February 9

The Omnibus Publishing (Review)

February 10

Geo Librarian (Review)

February 11

Books, Reviews, Etc. (Review)

February 12

Victoria Simcox (Review)

February 13

Heart of a Philanthropist (Review)

February 14

Dalene’s Book Reviews (Review)

Cassandra Lost in Books (Review)


Zoe and Zac Giveaway

Prize: One winner will receive a $100 Amazon gift card (or PayPal cash).

Contest runs: January 15 to February 21, 11:59 pm, 2014

Open: Worldwide

How to enter: Enter using the Rafflecopter widget below.

Terms and Conditions: NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW. The winners will be randomly drawn through the Rafflecopter widget and will be contacted by email within 48 hours after the giveaway ends. The winners will then have 72 hours to respond. If a winner does not respond within 72 hours, a new draw will take place for a new winner. Odds of winning will vary depending on the number of eligible entries received. This contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Facebook. This giveaway is sponsored by the author Lars Guignard and Fantastic Press and is hosted and managed by Renee from Mother Daughter Book Reviews. If you have any additional questions – feel free to send and email to Renee(at)MotherDaughterBookReviews(dot)com.
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Zoe and Zak blog tour

By Mia Wenjen, PragmaticMom


  1. I’m curious if the Noble Truths in the story are in any way connected with the Buddhist Four Noble Truths–are they?

    It does sound like an adventure series Riordan fans would enjoy. (My younger son was a big Percy Jackson fan.)
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  2. Dee

    Wow! That was a LOOOONG list of entries! Thanks for sharing, Mia. This book series sounds right up Dylan’s alley.
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    • Hi Dee,
      You can just enter part of the entries if you want. Sorry for the long list. I’m part of a blog tour so the linky is pre-set up and I just post it. I am loving the Zoe and Zac series and highly recommend it for Percy Jackson fans who have finished all of Rick Riordan’s books and are seeking more books similar to his. I think you might be able to find it at your local library as well.

      How are you? Hope all is well with you! I’m so glad that Dylan had a great summer experience at that sleepaway camp. Is his year going well? I hope so!!!
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  3. Renee @ MDBR

    Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Tiger Temple in the Blog Tour Mia. I think it’s just a matter of time before the Zoe and Zak series goes fully mainstream. The books just get better and better and I’m totally invested in what happens next to Zoe and Zak. Glad you enjoyed it!
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  4. Dee

    No worries on the long list – it was sort of fun checking out some of the others. I was judicious in what I followed. I think you made the right choice using twitter for your entry. I followed anyone on twitter – less commitment. For Facebook, I would only follow if they really aligned with my interests.

  5. HI Mia,

    Thanks for your take on the Tiger Temple. The Zoe and Zak stories are something I’ve been meaning to put down on paper for a long time so its nice to see that they’re finding an audience. It’s funny, my memories of India are so richly rooted that a lot of the material seems to come to life all on its own. (I sure hope it keeps doing that.) Let me know how your third grader likes the books!
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  6. I am a big fan of the Zak & Zoe series as well. My son read all of the Percy Jackson books and I agree this series appeals to those readers. I cannot wait for the next book!

  7. My son is 16 now, so he hasn’t read the Zoe & Zak books. I am hoping my daughter will read them as I know she’ll enjoy them, but she is 10 and has developed a strong desire to be contrary to many of my ideas! 🙂

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