Format Read: e-book
Source: From author in exchange for honest review
Release Date: November 2013
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In a land where magic is outlawed, a young boy is living a double life. Although Kay is training to be a knight, he has been secretly studying the forbidden ways of magic with Alamin, a powerful but eccentric wizard.
After passing of the Trial of the Rings and being raised to squirehood, Kay has decided to tell Alamin that he is going to leave his magical studies behind. And why not? Kay hasn’t ever cast a spell without something going seriously wrong–like the random appearance of frogs or hungry wolves–besides, Kay could be banished from the kingdom just for associating with Alamin.
Kay’s plans are quickly obliterated when a horde of goblins attacks his village and captures his family and friends. Now, with his home lying in ruins, everything has changed. Along with Alamin and Felix, a self-serving kleptomaniac sprite, Kay embarks on an adventure that takes him across the Kingdom of Gaspar and into the dark and treacherous caves of the Goblin Realm. What Kay doesn’t realize is that his journey is leading him on a collision course with the Lord of Nyn – a being so powerful that none dare face him...not even Alamin himself!
It's pretty clear the author has a love of the fantasy genre. In fact, as I read, I could pick out elements from several personal favorites, which can be a lot of fun. Nothing like a little nod to the greats. In fact, not only did this book feel like a homage to authors who kept me up past my bed time reading under covers, it very much reminded me of many afternoons spent with friends, a bag of dice and stacks of books whose contents we pretty much had memorized. (For the uninitiated, I speak of D&D.)
I would say this is a charming introduction to fantasy for a young reader branching out to longer books.
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