Genres: Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
Published by Desert Breeze Publishing on July 11, 2013
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Raised by wizards who never missed an opportunity to remind him of his deficiencies, Ned grows up believing his mage skills are seriously lacking. Conscripted at an early age, he fears it’s a back-handed way to ensure he sustains an honorable death in battle.
Battling prejudice, insidious lies and lack of knowledge about his mage powers—which are really quite different from wizard magic—Ned finds ways to keep going. His first mission away from the wizards teaches him he’s stronger and more resourceful than he thought. Against stiff odds, he learns different isn’t necessarily bad and true love has a way of shining through.
Landarik is a wizard and Ned Ameron appears to be a wizard in training. Lori Haraldssen has mysteriously lost her two children. She’s gone to see a man named Karras for help. Then there’s Lori’s husband, Rolf, who seems to have his own issues.
There may be times when you’re reading that you’re not quite sure what time period you are in. But you find that you get used to it – after all this is a fantasy where anything is possible. Also, some of the violence may be a little graphic but it’s needed because it shows the type of people the enemy is.
I found this story totally different from other works that I have read of Ann’s. She has combined fantasy and violence into a world where violence seem to be part of the norm. Ned goes to a place to try and save Lori and Rolf’s daughter, Amanda. It’s a place that I hope to never see. I’d be one to hide and click my heels and say, “There’s no place like home!”
I found it interesting that Auschwitz is mentioned in this book. That was a place studied while in college. I never would have thought about it if Ann hadn’t put it down on paper. She also makes me a little jealous of all the special gifts that some of the characters have. I wouldn’t wish for much – just to win a big lottery (got to win it honestly ya know).
There are hints of sex but none of the actual act – this leaves more to your imagination. Plus, violence takes more of a starring role than any love fest between characters. With so much going on, if you don’t read slowly you may miss something important. We’re also reading a book about good vs. evil but the winner is not quite so clear. In this tale, Ned comes of age and turns from a young lad into a young man.
If you’re someone that loves to read fantasy/paranormal than this would be a good choice for your TBR list. Maybe you like to read a story where you’re on the edge of your seat as to who won – the good guys or the bad ones. Plus the ending is a happy one and have you saying “Ah!” (Reviewed by Lynn Reynolds from Romance Reader Enthusiast)