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"Vladimir Victorious" is an enchanting tale of Lucy, an orphan who discovers a key to a world where reality and imagination are one. Together with the whimsical, enigmatic Vladimir Victorious, they must reclaim Vladimir's throne from the malevolent Heartless and restore the connection between both worlds.
Lucy, a young orphan, discovers a mysterious key that unlocks the door to Fantoria, a realm of dreams and magical creatures. As she embarks on an extraordinary adventure, Lucy learns that she is the last secret descendant of James Washington, a reclusive billionaire who was once the ruler of Fantoria, known as Vladimir Victorious.
Heartless, a sinister figure who has usurped the throne, severed the connection between Fantoria and the human world by tearing away James' other half—a whimsical and enigmatic teenage version of Vladimir—and banishing him to Fantoria without any knowledge of who he is. This caused imagination and magic to vanish from children's lives, James to age rapidly, and his once-grand estate, Washington Manor, to fall into disrepair.
Lucy must embark on a quest to save both worlds by reuniting James with his other half, the banished teenage Vladimir. As Lucy navigates the wonders and perils of Fantoria, she encounters magical creatures, uncovers family secrets, and faces the challenge of reigniting the magic of imagination in children's hearts everywhere.
Together, Lucy and Vladimir must outwit Heartless and restore the connection between the human world and Fantoria, ultimately saving the enchantment of imagination and the essence of what it means to dream.
JQ Sirls is a visionary author and artist who first discovered the enchanting world of Fantoria at the young age of seven. Home to hundreds of his illustrated characters and childhood imaginary friends, Fantoria sparked a lifelong passion for imagination and creativity that fuels all his works. He is known for his engaging picture books, such as "The Moon is Following Me," "It All Started When," "The Book of Imaginary Friends," and "No Monster No." With his debut middle-grade novel, "Vladimir Victorious," JQ ventures into a new literary realm.
Growing up, JQ loved the magic of stories like “Peter Pan,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Harry Potter.” However, he longed to see characters who looked like him in these enchanting tales. This desire inspired him to create his own magical world, ensuring that children from all backgrounds could find representation in his stories.
Born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri, JQ continues to expand the magical world of Fantoria, championing the importance of preserving a childlike sense of wonder in everyone. He believes that every child—and the child within all of us—deserves to see themselves in stories that inspire and enchant.