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Gabriel has been having very vivid dreams since he was a little kid, dreams that come true. It doesn't matter how he tries to change the course of the event, eventually it always comes true. That's why when Gabriel dreams of his own death, he doesn't try to fight it but accepts it with bravery. Except, he doesn't really die. Gabriel was plucked out of time at the moment of his death to finally find his place in the world. Gabriel is a Time Mage, those able to control and travel through time, thus explaining his ability to see the future in his dreams. Gabriel soon learns that the group responsible for saving him is called the Grace Mages, who are only able to control their powers by using artifacts that have positive imprints as a power source. Grace Mages fight against Malignancy Mages who are only able to use artifacts that have negative imprints, in order to protect the Primary Continuum or the central branch of time. As Gabriel continues with his training, he learns that he is no simple Time Mage, but actually a True Mage, one that has the ability to control all 6 powers: time, fire, wind, heart-tree, soul and earth. Being the prophesied seventh True Mage, Gabriel learns that he not only can use positive imprints, he can also use negative imprints. Now the power of darkness and light will be balanced on one thirteen year old boy. Will Gabriel succumb to the sickening power of the dark or will Gabriel stay pure and true to the light?
One of the reasons why I loved this book is because of its seamless natural flow. As a Time Mage, Gabriel travels through many different eras in different parts of the world and Breedon was able to paint pictures with words no matter where the book took us. I never really liked history much (it just wasn't my thing!), but reading historical fiction in a fantasy novel really makes the history come alive for me! Breedon sold me on his attention to detail. Whenever and wherever our characters are, he would describe the surroundings as well as clothing and appearance they would take on to fit in the time period! A little research can go a long way. It didn't matter if it was 1487 CE in the Aztec city or London in 1895, everything was described in a way that allowed me to picture it like a movie!
I also loved Gabriel's inner dialogues. They were thoughtful, and you could really understand Gabriel's actions. I also liked that Gabriel can figure puzzles out by himself by thinking them through. I know that in a lot of books I read, the answers are so obvious but the protagonists are so naive/oblivious, that by the end I'm screaming things like "HE KILLED YOUR FATHER, DUH! HOW MUCH MORE DO YOU WANT HIM TO SAY?!" It never leaves a good impression of the book for me. Gabriel can usually get to the conclusion before I make the connection and I think "He's right! They did mention that before! Oh, how exciting!"
I think this was a great introduction to all the important characters that are sure to play an even bigger role in the following series. If you like fiction novels with a bit of history, then definitely check this book out!
On the critical side, this reads like a YA book -- the main character is quite young. But in many ways the main character doesn't think like an average mixed-up 13-year-old kid would think (or not think, as the case may be). The main character seems to harbor solid personal beliefs and a more-or-less grounded personal philosophy similar to the level of a 20-something young adult with college and few years of life-experience already under his belt: not like a junior-high school student. Heh -- would that I could have been anywhere near as level-headed as this kid is portrayed as being when I was 13.........grant the average 13-year-old astounding, god-like magical powers.........and woe betide the world: and especially the people immediately around that empowered 13-year-old. I am reminded of the Twilight Zone episode.......with the kid who sentenced those who displeased him "to the cornfield."
But I suppose that this kid is special. All of the other characters in the book -- including his enemies -- certainly think so. Or if they don't think so at first, then they end up thinking so.
It will be interesting to see where the author goes with the light-vs-dark "balance" idea in the sequels -- many fantasy writers these days go with the Eastern-inspired view that "good" and "evil" -- moral concepts which are then made equivalent to "creation" and "destruction" -- are both somehow necessary in order to achieve "balance" in the universe. Such a philosophical view makes Ted Bundy just as valid in his own way as Paul the Apostle in his.
The correct view is that evil is a cancer -- all-consuming, addictive, demanding, dark, and ultimately self-destructive to the very body that it infests -- thus killing itself in the process of existing. There is no such thing as "balance" -- at least not in this sense of evil somehow being the necessary negative "equivalent" to good. Evil is nothing but the corruption of good -- and often the counterfeit of good. So -- I am curious as to where this author will go with the "balance" idea.
This story was good enough to convince me to purchase the sequel. Which means that it is an entertaining story.
(Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to review, however complimentary copies do not guarantee that I will review the book, and do not sway my opinion on the story.)
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