I always read the best and, worst of the reviews before I buy a book. Inevitably, I find the one star reviews to contain the same complaints. "Unbelievable characters." "Power that comes from nowhere." "I couldn't believe this or that happened." And, of course, the threadbare old, old, old standard concerning redundant phrases, colloquialisms, and cliches. Of course, this book is full of them, because it's FICTION! I am so glad that writers of fantasy-adventure do NOT make their characters sound like (as) some burned-out, ponytailed, (with the big bald spot in the middle) professor of English. Having finished my rant, I offer my review.
I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The characters were well developed as each was presented during the book. So much so, I felt as though I could see their smiles, grimaces, or pain during their adventure. The bond between the two female protagonists intrigued me. The male protagonists each had their own struggles to deal with, both emotional and physical. The book contained a well-balanced mix of magic, heroics, and mental insights. Bialois painted mental pictures that filled the story with ... alot of things. The ending does have a huge hook, as it should, it is a series!
Five stars from me; I want to find out who Jenessa falls in love with! I would recommend this book. I found it to be a fast read for a book of its length, and yes, redundantly, I would recommend it!