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The book was exciting and, at a certain point, absolutely gripping. It invoked too many laughs only to tear your heart out of your chest the very next chapter. An emotional rollercoaster that brings you back to your teenage years (if you had special powers too). And don't let the first half of the book fool you; eventually you'll start jumping through perspectives, including a few adults ... kings and such. I liked the political aspect of the story.
There were a few jarring twists, all of which had been subtly foreshadowed. What I liked about them was that they didn't all happen at the end of the book. A couple of them surprised me in unexpected places.
There were obvious Harry Potter vibes, with the large central school and beautiful campus. You also get your cliche orphaned boy as the main character who feels he must rise up to the legend of his father. Kind of like Naruto in a way. That reminds me, there's definitely anime inspiration in this story. The quirky personalities and colorful hair.
Overall, fantastic story with a lot left on the table for future installments, and I can't wait to see what they'll have to offer.
Synopsis: A rich story of epic proportions. A massive school at the heart of the Light Realm with over 30,000 students, a world with its own lore that stretches back 1,500 years, and ten kingdoms caught in political strife as traitors arise inside of royal families. Erafeen is idea for lovers of magical fantasies entwined with dark political strife.
His dead father: a legend.
His father-figure: an icon.
Sinister truths are buried within the powers that raised Bryson. And as these secrets begin to shake his faith in those great men, disaster shakes the world around him.
Several of Kuki Sphaira's ten kingdoms are in shambles from mass bloodshed, royal assassinations, and rekindled ancient wars. And it will take more than political, military, or even magical power to solve such problems.
The Jestivan--a band of ten elite students, including Bryson--become the unlikely heroes when one of their own goes missing. Now they must infiltrate foreign lands and track down kings, bringing them face-to-face with secrets better left unknown.
Most drown in their demons. Some try to escape. The Jestivan are the rare few who will do anything just to find them …
And they are the ones who learn the highest rule of power:
To build trust, one must lie.
The action is fast paced and the characters pop. An interesting world, so many possibilities with the different realms and kingdoms.