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- Print Length: 288 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1976551455
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 10, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B076CGCSCH
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,551 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Everything went wrong when the chosen one died. Had they horribly misinterpreted the prophecy? Their world will now be under Xaramor’s rule for thousands of years, but there may still be hope for the chosen one’s four companions to still save the world.
I noticed. The chosen one may have been your typical young male, but those left behind were the most diverse cast of characters. I appreciated so much this fact that two of the main four characters were powerful females with their own distinct personalities and abilities (Celeste and Noriko). The other two main characters were also diverse in their own ways as well (Nils and Hobie).
I liked how the chapters had their own POV and we got to see the unfolding of the world from different voices and get a little more inside the main characters’ heads.
I enjoyed the breadth of the world that the main characters traveled to accomplish their missions – the book had a definite Lord of the Rings vibe – even if for most of the action they didn’t really have one distinct mission. How to stop Xaramor? You can’t just stop him!
This book turned “the chosen one” trope upside down and showed how sometimes prophecies can be misinterpreted. Finally, a realistic plotline! They didn’t always get it right on the first guess – which is where mayhem and battles ensued. Although there’s lots of death and violence, this book isn’t bloody and gory.
I’ve never read such a good and well written middle – but I did sorely miss the traditional beginning, middle and end of a “chosen” one fantasy. This book was a deviation from the norm. It was fun and different. I loved the Baba Yaga scenes.
The book featured a truly epic final battle – worthy of the slow, slow buildup from the beginning of the end in the beginning to the end of the end at the end.
A world spanning, action packed adventure to save the world from impending doom..all without the destined hero? Those left behind are young and a rather diverse group, each complex and defined, trying to soldier on in the face of impossible odds. The diverse nationalities of this group working together helps get across how the threat they face is one of global concern. Yes, when they face the major threat and his lieutenants it's full of action but it's in the quiet moments where those facing them interact with each other that the book shines brightest.
If there are major takeaways from this tale, it's that prophecies are open to interpretation and that being a hero isn't something you're born into but in the decisions you make.
Both authors blend their style perfectly - reads as if written by one person than two, and the action in the climax left me glued to my e-reader, anxious to see how things would play out.
There were a few (very minor) typos, but I only noticed them in passing and could get back into the story quick enough. Only other complaint? I'd love to jump into this world again, though I feel safe in saying it's written as the perfect stand alone.
Will certainly be checking out more of Cook and Perkins' works!
I could have done with a little less backstory in the first chapters, but it didn't slow it down overmuch or make it confusing. Set aside some time to read this, because you're not going to want to go to bed on time once you've started. The tone will please young adult readers, while the complexity will satisfy we adult fantasy readers as well.