Tyrus of Kenatos has made it his life’s work to banish the plagues that ravage the kingdoms. He believes the answer to ending the devastation lies in the Scourgelands. Yet, Tyrus’s first expedition into the cursed woods failed after being defeated by mysterious minions who stalked and killed most of his band.
Now a prisoner in his own tower, Tyrus has summoned his nephew Annon—a Druidecht possessing innate magic called the fireblood—on the guise of finding a hidden treasure with which to purchase his twin sister Hettie’s freedom. But in reality, Tyrus is using his niece and nephew, and their magic, as an opportunity to escape and resume his desperate mission. And to aid them, he has enlisted the warrior-monk Paedrin—who is almost as green as the siblings when it comes to traveling these troubled lands. The trio is determined, and along the way they grow to trust each other—and new additions to the group—in order to accomplish their missions…whether or not those missions are one and the same.
But the Arch-Rike—ruthless ruler of Kenatos—has learned of these plans, and has sent the fearsome Kishion to destroy all those that oppose him. Now Tyrus and his unwitting allies must face down not only the plague, but this new enemy—and fulfill their quest before a fresh horror is unleashed on the world…
***I received this title from Amazon Publishing through NetGalley for an honest review***
What an amazing new world with animated characters that you love, hate and everything in between. Jeff Wheeler’s story of three young people who grow a lifetime in a short span. This is the way of life though. Young adults thrust into the ocean of the world to sink or swim, but in no way return the same as when they left.
The Druidecht, Annon, possessor of the fireblood, hidden from the world in the woods of Wayland. Feared because he can wield fire, but more so for the simple fact that he can survive the plague that devastates the kingdoms. Along with a twin sister that he didn’t know he had, Annon and Hettie set out on an adventure with a warrior-monk Paedrin.
Wheeler’s world of magic, lore, love, hate, treachery and madness makes for a riveting, edge-of-your-seat page turner for fantasy and science fiction fans. The creatures the three face can be well imagined through Wheeler’s descriptions. His insight into the human condition, is written with thoughtful deliberation. The transition of youthful perception to a more mature outlook on the world around them, and within their own mind is thought provoking. Though the story dragged from time to time, I found myself giving an “Oh. My. God. How could he end the book like this.” Taken for a ride right along with Annon, Hettie and Paedrin, I found myself crying out a very loud NO when Wheeler ended the first part of the trilogy with the best cliff-hanger possible, I am now in search of book two and three so that Annon, Hettie and Paedrin can rest in my brain. After all, the fate of Mirrowen rests on our shoulders.
Amazon Author Page: http://www.amazon.com/Jeff-Wheeler/e/B004SBCEK6/ref=ntt_athr_dp_pel_1