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All of the leading party behave in a very adult manner and have little (or should I say more) sense that an adolescence would have. The whole story could easily have them being in their twenties and feeling a little more comfortable to me. Although, to play devil's advocate with myself, parents wouldn't have as much hardship with an elder son being conscripted compared to a naive teenager. But truthfully, I kept forgetting they were so young and kind of got shocked on the remembrance. It ultimately did not throw of the balance of the book and maybe even helped make it a little more enjoyable for the adult readers of the world. There is great action, flowering love, and coming-of-age that does fit in with a YA book, though. I was certainly impressed by the little indie find.
There is nothing new or groundbreaking in the Wycaan world dynamics, but it still feels fresh to read. You have elves, humans, dwarves, and some other new fantasy races (which was a nice fresh touch and I hope we get to learn some back story) coming together from centuries of division. They have racism they must deal with and overcome. Very epic fantasy of the author to do. The magic system is complete even if we don't know all the details just yet. All the pieces fit together in the puzzle. We have read the edge pieces and are now zeroing in on the center. I look forward to finding out what the overall image is because my mind keeps coming up with all kinds of endings! I highly recommend this introduction to the series and look forward to purchasing the final two novels.
Needless to say, the other book, that will go unnamed, will never be finished or reviewed by me, because if I have nothing good to say, I say nothing.
But I have many good things to say about Shalev’s fantasy novel. First, young readers will find that its reading level is just right.
Second, the theme of a young elf on the run from an evil emperor’s army works well as Seanchai goes in search of the teacher who will show him how to unlock the powerful magic he was born to use as a weapon to free his people and the other races from the evil emperor. The young elf also discovers love and learns the value of friendship and trust as others risk their lives to protect him.
Third, the plot and action keep you turning pages to see what happens to Seanchai and his friends next.
I’ve been reading fantasy since the early 1960s when I was first introduced to Andre Norton’s science fiction and fantasy novels while I was still a student in high school, and I read the “Hobbit” and the “Lord of the Ring” in bunkers while serving as a US Marine in Vietnam. In fact, I’ve read the “Lord of the Rings” three times.
And when you finish this story, you may want to read the other books in the series as I do.
I bought my paperback copy of “At the Walls of Galbrieth” from Amazon.