Bookworm's Ranking - 4.5 Worms
Storyline - Alistair Coldhollow has changed his ways to follow the First One. Turning from a life of addiction and regret, he gazes upon the stars searching for the sword that will announce the prophesied hero, the Halfainin, that will save the world. A hero Alistair desperately needs. When the sword appears, he goes and tests many to find the Halfainin, but none pass. Falling into despair, he meets a woman running for her life who hands him a bundle containing a babe. After seeking help from an old friend, Abbageal, mystery, war, and love soon follow. But can Alistair receive forgiveness for his past deeds and the world of Myriad be saved from a sly tyrant trying to take the throne?
Author - Wayne Thomas Batson
Publisher - Living Ink Press
Age Group - 15 and up
Content - Alistair is addicted to Witchdrale but fights the hold it has on him. He also protects others, even to the danger to himself. Abbageal is kind and loving, and gives Alistair something that he has long sought. The villains are creepy, some of the creepiest villains I have ever read. They murder, torture, and raze whole villages, just to give an example of how evil they are.
Personal Opinion - One of the best books yet by Mr. Batson. His characters are so real and the story is so captivating. I got pulled into character's struggles and story without even noticing it happening. I loved the adventure and journey they went on. The land and inhabitants were creative and the Christian analogy of the story was beautifully done. Just beautiful. The villains of the story made my skin crawl and gave me the shivers. I have said this in a previous post but I will say it again, Mr. Batson is talented when it comes to villains. A must read for fantasy, adventure, and Christian readers. They won't be sorry.
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Special Notes - Book 2, The Errant King - Review.
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