Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5
Past and present are about to collide, and the world will never be the same.
Magic has been missing from the world for a millennium, and it’s needed now more than ever. It falls to young Tasis Kadara to revive the fabled Mages’ Guild of the Dragon’s Claw. But in a culture where arcane power is forbidden and practitioners are executed, Tasis will have to keep his own aptitude for magic secret. With nothing to direct them besides bizarre dreams and a mysterious cat, Tasis and his sister Zaree undertake a quest to discover the hidden island that was once home to the guild.
Kelwin Tiovolk departs his village following his mentor’s suggestion. As an elf wandering into human civilization, he’s in danger simply for being who he is. A brawl at an inn leads him straight into the path of the young man he’s been dreaming about, and he’s compelled to help Tasis and his sister any way he can. Together, the trio might have a chance of accomplishing their mission—or the attempt might kill them.
I walked backwards into this series with a call to review the final story in this trilogy. One look at that blurb and I was hooked! You see I have loved high fantasy and dragons since I can remember, reading the books of Anne McCaffrey and her Dragonriders of Pern or Ursula K. LeGuin and her Wizard of Earthsea. And there were so many more that started me for my craving for high fantasy and elves, and magic, and lands so wondrous that I wanted to live there and never leave.
Well, Andi Van has written another trilogy that I would have adored finding at that age and actually any age. This YA high fantasy novel is beautifully written, with great world building and characters that continue to show growth and depth as the story moves through the trilogy arc. It’s also just fast paced enough that you can feel as though you’ve had a chance to “look around” and enjoy the highlights and jewels of each scene and new character while never fretting that the story is lagging about the need to drive to the all important final narrative destination.
In other words, the plot is beautifully balanced between the need for speed/action and the love of story and character. Both are looked after and flourish here.
I love, love all the characters here. The three main characters of half elf Tasis Kadara, his sister Zaree Muna, and full elf Kelwin Tiovolk each get their own assignments in this trilogy of saving the world. Tasis has the first installment, when the wait of one thousand years is over and he has a role to play.
We are giving the heartbreaking beginning and the devastation that begins the wait. Then we go forward in time to Tasis and his sister Zaree. I won’t go into spoilers here. But as I said the world building is gorgeous and so well done. And the author will continue to expand on it as the story and trilogy continues. The relationship dynamics between brother and sister, brother and Kelwin, Kelwyn and the siblings are realistic, connectable, and scenes so remarkable in the interactions with each other that I just thoroughly enjoyed it.
With regard to any romance or sexual relationship? Not really. This is truly a YA story, a young YA story because the only romance is an acknowledgement of tender feelings between Kelwin and Tallis, and finally a kiss. And a lovely chaste kiss at that. One to make you laugh and cheer a bit. But that’s it.
No here the fantasy story about magic, the search for knowledge and something bigger ….that’s the focus and oh, how it works.
Here be Dragons! Here’s a story not to be missed! A trilogy in fact. Two more reviews to come. I highly recommend this to all ages and lovers of dragons, magic, elves, and all that includes, magical cats included. How could I forget him?
Cover Artist: AngstyG. Beautiful cover. I adore it.
ebook, 190 pages
Published May 19th 2016 by Harmony Ink Press
ISBN 1634768817 (ISBN13: 9781634768818)
Edition Language English
Series The Mages’ Guild Trilogy