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Without delving too far into the plot, the story surrounds a boy, Gabriel, whose life takes a turn for the worse early on in the book. But amid tragedy comes great hope for young Gabriel, as he soon discovers that he is destined for far greater things.
Breedon truly has a knack for keeping readers' attention at pivotal moments in the story. I believe that young readers can easily imagine and understand the scenes Breedon describes without getting bogged down in the history of the setting. The author blends fantasy with actual historical events which easily make the reader feel apart of the present story and the past being visited!
How do I know if this book is for me?
If you enjoy science fiction, this book hits the mark. This book is full of time travel and magic!
If you can relate to a young character, this book is for you! Young readers and adults alike can enjoy this book! As a teacher, I enjoy reading books from a child's perspective-- it keeps you open and connected to the ideas and battles they struggle with each day!
If you are craving the world of Harry Potter or struggling to enjoy the time travling/magic books targeted at adults-- this book is for you! Although it's not Hogwarts, the world of the mages opens up an entirely new realm and is just as easily read and enjoyed.
Hope this helps! Can't wait for the next installment in Gabriel's journey!
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.