Publication Date: 01 June 2014
Source: Dark World Books (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: ebook
Length: 470 pages
In an age when Stormlings have only known peacetime, one man’s desperate action threatens not only the stability of the mystical world of Mordana, but Earth as well.
Guest Review by Joan Moulang
Characters & Storyline: 3/5
Anadyr is the Storm Lord of the Stormlings. He wears the twin necklace of great power given to him by Aynara. In this, the first book of a series of 4, he does not yet stand out as the great hero he will surely become through the series. The fate of Mordana, as well as Earth, is in his hands.
Aynara Galwenn is the half breed ruler of the Realm of Mordana, born from a Stormling father and an Andurii mother, and is the protector of the Andurii. She owns one of the twin necklaces of great power, but through an attack by the dark Mage, Andus Rey, one of the jewels is lost – this jewel also contains the soul of one of the four Stormlings who have moved to the dark side – she is unable to wear the necklace and use its power while the jewel is missing.
Corianna is a great sorceress, a mix of dwarf and elf and runs the Faerie Wings Pub in Rowse Briar. She plays a small part in this book, but hopefully will play a greater part in the books to come.
Jaden and Jazdyr are both in training to succeed Anadyr. Their part in the saving of Mordana and Earth is very insignificant in this first book – we will obviously see much more of them in the sequels!
Ophelia Drewe is the human that finds the lost jewel on earth. She is thrown into the war between the forces of Good and Dark, and has to make some difficult decisions.
Andus Rey rules Caldreah Monus, part of AnaanGhorst – he is the Dark Mage who is intent on ruling all of AnaanGhorst and Mordana. For the moment he waits on the sidelines and directs his Shadow Wraiths and the three remaining of “The Four” to search for and seize the lost jewel, and to release the Fourth, trapped in the jewel in Aynara’s necklace.
“The Four” are Stormlings that were cast out of the Realm by Anadyr and Aynara for killing a Stormling child. They join the dark forces of Andus Rey. The prophesy of the Supreme God, Belalzel, foretells that “The Four” will bring disharmony and ruin to Mordana – Anadyr, Aynara and Corianna have to join forces and do their utmost to prevent Andus Rey from finding the lost jewel and releasing “The One”!
Plot, Pace, Writing style: 3/5
Truthfully, I was a little disappointed with this first book of the series, after reading the exciting write-up. I did not find that the story set the pages alight. However, I hasten to say that I believe that the plot is good and that the story will unfold and become much more exciting in the sequels. Obviously this first book has been written to set the stage for what is to come, which is why I found it a bit bland. There are many characters, and it took time for me to understand the significance of each one – as I say, I believe that these characters will grow in the sequels.
I felt there were a lot of characters and I have not mentioned all of them, which I do believe will take major roles in the rest of the series. Such as Kayla and Kirrnost.
I found that the story does not flow well – it jumps around in time, very unexpectedly, which is a bit disconcerting. The vernacular has to move between that of teenagers on earth and the more gracious and old-fashioned language of Mordana, and I found that sometimes this became mixed up. There is also a chapter where a couple of the characters are completely mixed up – these errors, the spelling mistakes and the changes in tense that crept in here and there should have been picked up by the proof-reader.
Hopefully, now that the groundwork has been laid, the sequels will ignite the magic and provide the excitement and the good read that the write-up promises. Lovers of fantasy, and especially The Lord of the Rings, will enjoy this series. I will definitely read the next book in the series – I would love to see the magic happen!