I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know Kay. He's a remarkable lad without anything singularly remarkable about him...except his heart, his commitment to do what's right, and his ability to learn from his mistakes. A contradiction in statements, I know but it's true. He's a likable fellow, cut from average cloth, but with a future that's much MUCH bigger than himself...and he OWNS it without being a pompous butt. (KUDOS to him!) Then we have Alamin, a very wise man indeed...and a bit on the magical side of things. I love how much he has to impart to Kay and the story in general while still being a bit of a loose cannon. His double cross of a double crosser is glorious as well. I could stop there (and I will for the most part) but it's be a shame not to mention Felix, a precocious sprite that creates as much trouble as he assists in getting others out of, and Bibo, a telko that is just adorbs, and the dryads were amazing! No other way to put it. It's a cast of characters you won't want to say goodbye to....and for the most part, I think it's safe to say you won't any time soon (I smell a sequel!).
In conclusion, a great read for the intended audience as well as those above and slightly below that age line. If you're looking for adventure with a young male lead, filled with magic, war, creatures both known and non, and a future not so distant yet unable to be seen....this is definitely a read for you.
Brian G. Michaud lives in a small town in Massachusetts with his wife, Kim. When he is not reading or writing books, he can be found teaching music at a local elementary school or rocking out on guitar with the band, Too Loud.