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Elf Mastery Paperback – April 20, 2016
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Bryant Reil has been an ESL Instructor, a federal employee, and is currently pursuing a Master's degree. Along with writing, he also enjoys hiking and 3D modelling and printing.
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I really liked this! While a mission with different races of magical beings is nothing new, I always enjoy the new intricacies and relationships among the characters. And talk about development! Kyla isn't your typical heroine. She starts off a bit ditzy and clueless, never having experienced the world at large before. And she seems to be a bit clumsy on top of it. She makes her few friends and frenemies pretty quickly, but keeps to her small circle as she tries to find her way in the world, and she felt authentic in those aspects. She grows in strength and character as the story goes on, and she's a character that I think I’ll remember
ALL the characters were well written, and the writing itself is smooth and has a good pace and flow to it. It was really easy for me to get lost in their world, to root for the under dogs and yell at them when they needed it. My kids gave me that weird look they get because on occasion I laughed out loud! The tense moments had me holding my breath, and the fights were thrilling for me, as well. It was just a really great book over all.
If you or a younger reader (Teen – YA, but still fun for us old farts!), I strongly suggest you snag a copy of this and dive in. I feel like this could be a fun family movie someday.
Bob says: 4-4.5 Platypires
Incredibly fast paced and wonderful creativity.
Adventure and humor, both were blended in their perfect ratios.
Elf Mastery is a delightful formula of episodic amusement. I enjoyed the story to the fullest because the author has intelligently explained what fun the reader is getting into.
A little Elf Kyla has just got admitted in a reputed university to find herself a name and yes, you're right, to save the world. But to achieve that, she has to go through a number of struggles. She makes friends with amazing people and they help her immensely.
Unlike other fantasies, Elf Mastery had the characters who come vivid and rule on your imaginations. The protagonist was someone I related to the most. From the beginning of the story, I knew that I am not going to move for quite some while.
I can't think of the instant when one has started reading Elf Mastery and not hooked with it immediately. For young adults, this book would be a fantastic selection.
I can't wait for the future books by Bryant Reil.
The characters themselves were developed very well; the reader can get a true sense of the personalities they have. I think everyone has met an expressive chatterbox like Kyla, an over-bearing leader-type like Eunoe, a quiet yet strong spirit like Aspen, and a slightly arrogant yet good intentioned person like Aura.
Even the hard-shelled Lili that softened enough to find love with the highly intelligent Saul were characters a reader could relate to. I adored the character of Lug as well. The contrast of his literal hard shell with his soft and sweet personality made him utterly loveable. The mystery developed with other characters was done quite well as so that the reader wasn’t quite sure on who Kyla could trust or not trust. I may even need to read this a second time to see things I overlooked the first time now that I know the truth.
I really enjoyed the story; it has an intellectual explanation for almost every natural occurrence in nature, but with a fantastical twist. For example, the world turns because it is the job for beings at the centre of the earth to turn the big wheel that spins the world (who even at one point go on strike so the sun does not set for a few days) or the mythological reference that gravity occurs due to invisible cords attached to everything and the people working in the “gravity well” do a good job of making sure nothing floats away.
But what I enjoyed most is the fortitude of the main character Kyla. That in all her self-doubt she had the belief in herself to try. That even with the voices of other people telling her that her plan wouldn’t work she was going to go for it anyways. From the start of unintentionally making herself the target of the main antagonist Erebus, to the end, she took each step with the intention to go down fighting.
This was a very entertaining read and I will be anxiously waiting for the next piece if there is to be one.
-- REVIEWED BY DANIKA JAYDE