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Elemental (The Light Bringer Saga) (Volume 1) Paperback – April 20, 2013
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About the Author
BRANDON AX fell in love with fantasy as child after first devouring the entire Chronicles of Narnia series. Born in New Orleans his early life was spent moving from state to state all along the south. Developing a love for people and their stories he began to pursue a career as an author. After years of tuning his craft he finished his first novel ELEMENTAL. Living in South Carolina with his wife, two children and three dogs, he spends his days dreaming up new worlds and fascinating characters. Hard at work on finishing, The Light Bringer Saga, he enjoys the task of molding a story to its completion.
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The heroine of Elemental is Sophia, a high school student who lives alone with her father. Every night, her sleep is disturbed by strange dreams. Then Sophia meets an unusual young man named Aiden, and she begins to learn more about who – and what – she really is.
Sophia tells her own story; therefore, Brandon Ax's voice in the novel is that of a teen-aged girl. Not once did I question that the main character is a young girl. Brandon never takes a wrong step and slips into guy speech, but I must say I like it that Sophia isn't over-the-top feminine. She has to deal with more than mere teen angst, and she remains pretty darn strong. She takes a lot in stride, after an initial shock or surprise.
Here, Sophia greets her best friend, Jen, at school:
She walked up to me smiling. "Sup sexy lady."
Not much Miss beautamuss." I smiled back.
Sounds like a couple of girls in high school, right?
A lot happens, but I could follow the story.
This book is cool and interesting:
The shadows came, they stood in a semi-circle in front of me. I knew what they wanted, they wanted to take me. I knew because they had been searching for me in my dreams so many nights since I was a child. I could never make out anyone, just faceless bodies shrouded in darkness.
Elemental earns The Janie Junebug Highest Seal of Approval. I wish I had a prize I could give you for successfully completing your first novel. I understand that the second book in this series, "The Light Bringer Saga," is also available.
Elemental is an urban fantasy with very strong characters and a compelling plot. There are plenty of twists and turns along the way to keep the reader guessing about what is going to happen next. The voice of the protagonist, Sophia, is particularly well-done. She is a believable character and the journey through her mind with all the thoughts, feelings, and reactions, makes her seem very real.
Readers who enjoy YA urban fantasies will certainly want to take a look at this book.
Elemental is an exciting debut novel written by the obviously talented Brandon Ax. The characters were nicely developed and the descriptions of the action were vivid enough that I could picture it all clearly. A well-done balance on the good-v-evil thing. The "good" guys have their faults, and the "bad" guys are still interesting without being over-the-top unbelievable. The plot had depth and unpredictability that kept me on edge.
My original review removed a star due to editing issues, and I'm happy to add that star back after rereading it, post-edits. The book really is that good. Mr. Ax has taken his talent and polished it to put forth a quality piece of work.
His storytelling is exceptional, and not only am I glad I reread it, but I'm looking forward to delving into the second book in the Light Bringer series. I'm going to enjoy recommending this book to friends.