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The Six and the Crystals of Ialana (The Ialana Series Book 1) Kindle Edition
|Length: 256 pages||Word Wise: Enabled||Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled|
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|Age Level: 12 - 18|
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The biggest issue I had with this was the failure to adhere to the "show, not tell" tenement of narration. Rather than discovering their purpose and former lives gradually through their adventure, the protagonists (all six of them - and this takes a very long time and a lot of cutting corners to get them all on the same page within a reasonable time) learn about their history, past lives and current objective in the course of about a 5 page monologue by a beast called Irusan. In fact, the whole scene is awkward, because Irusan can only speak to two characters via telepathy, so they speak for him, and it gets incredibly convoluted and unnecessary.
Where this book did succeed was in garnering reader empathy for Jarah, most of all, and also Aidan and Tristan, two of his companions. The action scenes as well - chases and battles - are written with a good element of suspense, and are easy to visualize as they unfold.
I enjoyed the adventure of the story. How Jarah and the rest of the characters had different obstacles placed in front of them that they had to overcome. I enjoyed how Irusan came into the story and shared a great deal of insight and knowledge with the group. The fact that Katlynn Brooke, managed to bring together six different people, most of whom were strangers, to work towards a single goal, was impressive. As a fantasy book this one offers a lot to readers of this genre. The book has adventure, different creatures, beautiful scenery, and so much more. If you like fantasy and adventure book give this book a try.
It is when the party meets up with Irusan, a magical figure who insists that the remarkable powers he demonstrates are not magic, but just evidence of his connection to the universal field of consciousness, using methods that he will teach them in time, that I truly fell in love with this book. I found Irusan’s way of accessing what in Star Wars would be known as “the force” and his way of explaining how to work with these energies both intuitive and compelling. It might just be pseudo-science to the skeptical, but I found it required less suspension of disbelief than most fantasy books.
It’s worth noting that the author has a real lock on the YA audience. This book reminds me of the series I read when I was a kid, Nancy Drew, The Hardy Boys; they were different genres to be certain, but it was the same sense of fun and adventure. The author writes in a very family-friendly manner; I could see this tale being enjoyed among an entire household as individual members took turns reading aloud for one another. One of the things which impressed me most was the author’s ability to play to such a wide age group. Like some of the best Disney flicks, and some of those Steven Spielberg films like E.T., Hook, and The Adventures of Tintin, there’s something here for almost any age. Because there is so much fleeing on foot from soldiers across vast distances and varied landscapes, always moving towards more powerful magic, perhaps the series this book is most structured like is Lord of the Rings, which is a good thing, being as this is a traditional fantasy.
To avoid giving away too much I’ll just say this: the richness of the tale, the various forms of paranormal abilities on display, both continue to compound throughout the story. Despite the very high standards the writer sets at the beginning of the story for herself, she continues to up her game with each turn of the page. Some standout characters (among many) for me (besides Irusan mentioned above): Djara, whose sixth sense guides the team out of danger in one instance without diminishing the tension in the scene one iota; Tegan, and her ability to psychically communicate with animal species. But by far my favorite element of this story, above and beyond the engrossing characters themselves and the fantastic magic they wield, was the fact that the heroes’ quest is carried out across many lifetimes. When we start out the story, in fact, it is with them struggling to integrate the dreams that are their first memories of their last lifetime together, and how things went horribly wrong that time. Will things go horribly wrong again? You’ll have to read to find out. As for me, I’m on to the sequel, as rapidly as I can finish this review!
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