Source: Received to Review
Rating: 2 of 5 stars
Colleen's Thoughts: As I read this book, I often felt like I was reading a spin off of Lord of the Rings - other worlds, good wizards turning bad, elves, trolls, strange and grotesque creatures working for the evil wizards, a race to save the world from a great evil trying to take over the earth, etc. The dialogue is odd. The syntax and sentence structure seems to vacillate between something Yoda-like to phrases such as, "No way!" and other contemporary teen-aged expressions. Although, I must say, the story did have its own flare. I enjoyed reading about the characteristics of the Nasharin race. They were intriguing beings; magical, but with very human qualities. I liked how the protagonist, Darshun, a Nasharin, was flawed, inexperienced, and naive. He struggled between what he should do and what he wanted to do, like any other young person.
As interesting as the story-line may be, despite the draw I know it would have for the older boys, and perhaps girls too, I would most definitely not let my teenagers read this book. The blood and gore of the fighting scenes were described in unnecessary detail. It was disturbing. However, I was most offended by the intimate scene between Darshun and Aurora. I was sickened and uncomfortable with its graphic portrayal. It is most assuredly not what I would like my older children reading.