Book Review: Gifted Apprentice by Nicholas A. Rose

     This book is about Sallis ti Ath, a sick boy who is cured by Elvallon, a touch-healer. Elvallon reveals that Sallis is Gifted, meaning that he is one of the few born to touch the power that allows the universe to exist. After trying to teach Sallis, Elvallon discovers that Sallis does the opposite of what touch-healers do. He was born to kill. I would rate this book 4 stars out of 5 because I enjoyed the plot and the continuous action throughout the book, but I thought it was too short.

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Book Review: The Gauntlet Thrown by Cheryl Dyson

     This book is about Brydon, a teenager chosen by the princess to complete a near-impossible quest of borrowing the magic Gauntlet of Ven-Kerrick. If he completes the quest, he marries the princess and becomes King. If he fails, he is exiled from the kingdom. Brydon planned for attempted assassinations and dangerous lands, but he didn’t expect the Gauntlet to be missing, nor to find out that the Kerrick royal family was murdered. Along the way, he becomes friends with his would-be assassin and falls in love with a “mute” girl. Will Brydon complete his quest? Where will his loyalties lie? I would rate this book 4.5 stars because it is a good, long read filled with excitement and adventure.

Book Review: Rise of the Red Dragon by Martin Rouillard

      This 246-page book is about teenage boy Samuel who had just turned fourteen. He gets two-hundred dollars to spend for his birthday and he goes to the Gryphon’s Lair, a role-playing games store. Samuel is drawn to a pair of white misshapen ivory dice with four or five blank unbalanced sides and decides to buy it for 50 dollars. He also notices another pair of dice that is nearly identical to the pair he bought, except that its was completely black. The next day, Samuel tries to paint the dice at school the next day, but the paint ran off, no matter how thick it was. He decides to drop it into a cup of water and sees strange runes appear on the sides of the dice, repelling the water. That night, he rolls the dice and is sent to the world of myths. Samuel finds out that he is a Lorekeeper, destined to save the mythical world from the holder of the black dice, and fights for his life against the forces of evil. Will he prevail? I would rate this book 5 stars out of 5 because it is a thrilling combination of magic and adventure.

Book Review: Demons of the Ocean by Justin Somper

      This book is about twins Connor and Grace who get shipwrecked in the middle of the ocean in the year 2505. Their father had recently died and they decided to escape their quiet little hometown of Crescent Moon Bay on the east coast of Australia. Connor is saved by a pirate ship, while Grace is rescued by a mysterious Vampirate ship. Each twin thought the other had drowned. Conner had the chance to join the crew on the pirate ship, but Grace is in great danger on the ship of vampires. This book tells part of the extraordinary adventures of twins Connor and Grace aboard a pirate ship and a ship of vampires in the future.

Book Review: Balance of Fate by Jeff Inlo

      In this third installment of the Delver Magic series, Ryson finds that his time of service to the land of Uton isn’t over yet. Togetherwith Holli Braces and Lief Woodson, Ryson and his friends must work together again to end the growing threat of evil and meet their unchangeable destinies. The serp Sazar allies with the evil sorceress Tabris and conquers the city of Connel. The dwarves redeem themselves after their attack on Connel by killing the goblins, rock beetles, and shags under the control of the serp. Ryson faces many tragedies as he fights for the good of Uton. I would rate this 873-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because I really enjoyed the book and I thought it was as good as the previous books.

Book Review: Throne of Vengeance by Jeff Inlo

      This second book in the Delver Magic series is about the aftermath of the destruction of the Sphere of Ingar. A rebellion leads to a new threat and the dwarf queen, Yave, declares war on the algors. Ryson tries to warn the algors before they are sent to near extinction, but it was too late. Half the algor population was exterminated and now they seek revenge by sending huge sand giants to wreck havoc on the dwarf city responsible for the killing. The elves also want vengeance because the dwarves commanded by Yave also attacked their camp and killed two of the rare elf children. The elves plan to unleash the shadow trees, monstrous trees that feed on everything and each other and survive on darkness, on the dwarf city. This would obliterate the entire dwarf race and destroy the peace between the races. Can Ryson stop the world from spiraling into chaos? I would rate this 827-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because it was full of close misses and sudden action.

Book Review: The Mazerunner by James Dashner

      This first book in the Maze Runner series is about a boy named Thomas. He wakes up in a lift with no memory of his life except for his first name, but he isn’t the only one. When the lift’s doors open, Thomas finds a crowd of kids who welcome him to the Glade, a large area enclosed by giant stone walls. The Gladers, like Thomas, have no idea why and how they got to the glade. All they know is that the stone walls to the maze that surrounds them open every morning and closes every evening. Every thirty days, a new boy is delivered to them in the lift and supplies are delivered every two weeks. The Gladers were expecting Thomas’s arrival, but a girl is sent there the next day with a message: This will be the last one. Ever. This changes everything and when supplies stop arriving, everyone panics. The effort to solve the maze increases as disasters start happening. The stone walls stop closing and the sun stopped rising. Grievers come into the Glade every night and a Glader is taken away. It is up to Thomas to find a way out before it’s too late. I would rate this 374-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because the suspense and danger level is very high with a lot of action. I see why others like this book so much and I would recommend this book to you (if you hadn’t read this book yet).

Book Review: Sanctum’s Breach by Jeff Inlo

      This first book in the Delver Magic series is about Ryson Acumen, a purebred delver who sensed the changes as a rolling tremor passes through the land. He learned that it signaled the return of magic from a wood elf he met along the way. Ryson continues to explore the source of the tremor and learns along his journey that the legends actually held more truth than fantasy. He discovers from the elves that the Sphere of Ingar, used to trap all the magical energies a long time ago, is finally free from its tomb in Sanctum Mountain. As evil creatures return to the world, the Sphere gains awareness and chooses to obliterate life by spewing out corrupted magical energies. The Sphere must be destroyed, but it lies at the center of the hollow mountain with only one way in or out. The Sphere is protected by defenses created a long time ago to thwart entry to the core of the mountain and the five races must reunite to defeat the defenses and destroy the Sphere once and for all. I would rate this 1155-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because it is jammed packed with action and obstacles barring the main character’s way.

Book Review: Warriormage by Rosemary Fryth

     This third installment in the Riothamus series is about Arantur’s quest to defeat the enemy warleader. He and his hand-picked group of loyal friends and mages travel deep into enemy territory. Along the way, Arantur encounters ghosts from the past, gains unexpected allies, and travels through a forest with mysterious properties. Tragedy strikes along the journey, and Arantur must capture and understand his ability so he can defeat the warleader with the help of his friends. I would rate this 759-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because I really liked the battles and the suspense when the main character’s life was on the line.

Book Review: The High King by Rosemary Fryth

      This second installment in the Riothamus trilogy is about Arantur, who is the newly crowned king. He becomes a Warleader and he must mobilize an army and lead it against the invading Thakur. He learns that his mage abilities have merged and he trains them with the help of his friend. Arantur is threatened to be overwhelmed by his Warriormage abilities after he goes berserk and nearly kills two of his friends.He vows not to fight until he learns about his power. He has the support of his friends as he battles out his inner turmoil. I would rate this 744-page book 4.5 stars out of 5 because I thought it was as good as the first book and I enjoyed the action and the conflicts the main character faced.