For centuries, the world of Aeon has lived in shadow, ruled and oppressed by a great evil. The land is overrun by creatures of the dark. Its people cower without protection, without hope…until now.
Prophecy spoke of a chosen one who will bring an end to the dragon sorceress, and on that day were born two. Kali and Drake. Cousins and warriors, devoted to their duty and to each other. They embrace their fates. Together with their friends, Ferra and Harold, they embark on a perilous journey, tempting evil at every turn, for they are being hunted. With danger and death on their heels, they must battle forces of nature and magic, calling forth their courage to conquer not only the sorceress herself, but an even greater enemy. Fear.
From a small woodland village to the stone keep of Infinitas, only one thing is certain… Destiny is an adventure.
Source: Review copy via NetGalley
This is a fairly standard fantasy adventure for teens. There’s an evil dragon sorceress, a prophecy, a legendary sword, four young friends, a forest full of strange creatures, a small town to start out from and more traditional sword and sorcery D&D-style references than you can shake a magic stick at.
The characters are okay. Kali seems to be the default leader, a young girl who is amazing with a bow and is brave when she needs to be. Her cousin Drake is the most stereotypical in that he’s the strong one, a born warrior, is occasionally arrogant and is the least interesting. Their friend Harold is the geeky one who likes books and plants and is the peacemaker of the group. Finally there’s Ferra, the small thief, who starts the book having no interest in saving the world, but goes on an emotional journey throughout finding her courage and her loyalty.
The world itself is a mix of pseudo-Medieval fantasy and the world we know. The characters start talking in a very stilted, formal style that makes them sound as if they’ve just escaped from a reenactment village, but gradually defaults to more modern language (cool, holy crap, etc) and Christianity seems to have somehow implanted itself into this world as well, which is a bit odd. The monsters and magical creatures also mix those you might expect – dragons, sprites, gnomes, harpies – with some you might not – mummies – and some that are completely made up, like the weird kangaboon, the giant bat-thing and the pogo-minotaur creature.
The plot romps along at a fair old speed, lurching from one adventure to another, which helps keep the interest up. However, to be honest, it never really grabbed my attention. Mostly it’s okay, the characters are all right, there’s usually something going on and the whole thing feels familiar if you’re a fantasy fan. If you’re looking for something different and new, this isn’t really it, but if you like quest adventures where there’s always something going on, then you might enjoy this.
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