On the morning of his twenty-first birthday, Kainan is enjoying the quiet serenity of the forest around the village. His reverie is broken as he is greeted to the sight of his village burning and its inhabitants savagely butchered. He is captured by Gorzars, savage creatures who hold his mother hostage. Kainan is commanded to retrieve the Ardor Crystal from a place he never heard of. But retrieving the Ardor Crystal isn’t the end of Kainan’s tribulations.
One of the things that I love most about this book is the opening. I love how the author starts the story in media res. She does a great job of drawing the reader into the story.
In true old fashioned fantasy form, the good guys are good and the bad guys are evil. The reader has no problems cheering on the good guys and wishing the defeat of the bad guys.
Though the dialogue seems a little forced or cutesy at times, Lynch has created great interplay between her characters. The story that the author has created is, at its core, original and unique.
Unfortunately Lynch tries to accomplish too much. Rather than focusing on a handful of fantasy staples and working on making them unique and memorable, the author numbs the reader with almost everyone one of them in existence. I almost feel as if this book could have been broken into two parts.
This story is littered with formatting and grammatical errors which take away from its readability. All in all I really did enjoy reading this book and would love to give it a better rating but the above issues make this a 3 star read. With a story edit and a copy edit, this could be a 5 star book.