Book of Elements (The Everlasting Throne 1) Kindle Edition
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Samuel E. Green and Dylan D. Oscar
(The Everlasting Throne Book 0, Prequel)
This delightful fantasy novella introduces the series “THE EVERLASTING THRONE.” Our feckless hero Deobard is seventeen years old, living with his mother since his father “disappeared” when he was very young. He studies with the Archivists in the city, and during summers at the isolated castle, he is under the tutelage of the caretaker, whom he considers a fanciful and out-of-touch old man. For several years he has tried every summer to enter “the forbidden tower,” unsuccessfully until now. Suddenly, after the caretaker allows two men and a young girl to enter the Tower, Deobard can sneak in. Eventually he finds a small library and a single book set out, as if purposely. Stealing the book, he returns to his room, only to discover that not only can he read the text, when he returns to the tower he can incant spells. Major change for a young man who thinks history is bunk, dead languages are useless, and magic doesn't exist. The authors suffuse this story with an unending vein of subtle humour, enabling the reader to both acknowledge the characters as fallible, and simultaneously to empathise with their quests.
Authors provided an early digital copy for purposes of review. This is my fair and honest opinion.
Book of Elements is well written and is told in 2nd person. This is a prequel novella and is a great start to a new fantasy series.
The story is told from the point-of-view of a young man named Deobard who has been living a rather isolated life with only his mother and teachers for company. The story begins in a remote castle where Deobard is forced to spend his summers alone with his mother and the castle's caretaker, who insists on Deobard learning about things the young man doesn't believe exist (namely magic and mythical creatures). When Deobard follows the caretaker to one of the castle's towers he had been forbidden to enter, his adventures begin.
This story is filled with action and adventure. If you enjoy epic fantasy stories filled with magic then this story is definitely for you.
The story was intriguing but too short to get a strong feeling for this author. There should be an option for another half star!
The main character sounded like protected royalty from the beginning, so the story's ending fit nicely the story before it. I am eager to read the series now, since the young man is obviously bound for exciting adventures and hard-earned wisdom.
I thank this author for an evening spent enjoying this change of pace.