Friday, November 23, 2012

Review: What Once Was One (The Passage of Hellsfire #2) by Marc Johnson

What Once Was One 
Book: What Once Was One (The Passage of Hellsfire #2)
Author: Marc Johnson
Publisher: Longshot Publishing
Rating: 4 Stars
Level: Young Adult
Source: e-book Review Copy

Summary from Goodreads:
In the land of Northern Shala, the dark wizard Premier raised an army of foul creatures from the Wastelands and led them against the ancient guardian city of Alexandria. Hellsfire, a young farmhand turned apprentice wizard, defeated Premier and saved Alexandria, but not before the battle claimed his mentor’s life.

Hellsfire, now a full-fledged wizard, must finish what he started by hunting down Premier and seizing the source of the wizard’s dark power and corruption—the Book of Shazul. He must travel deep into the Wastelands, through Premier’s home territory, dodging the scattered remnants of a defeated army lusting for blood and vengeance.

But beating in the heart of the Wastelands is an ancient power more dangerous than Premier or his creatures—and it’s been waiting for Hellsfire for a thousand years. It will force the young wizard to make a devastating choice—one that could change the course of history not only for Alexandria and the Wastelands, but for all of Northern Shala and the lands beyond. And to save his homeland, Hellsfire may have to lose the person he loves the most.

What once was one, will then be two, and never again be whole...

My Review:
What Once Was One is an fun epic read full of action and adventure. I enjoyed reading the first book where we were introduced to Hellsfire and watched him learn to become a wizard. In this second book Hellsfire is a full fledged wizard with more power than he knows what to do with sometimes.

Hellsfire is staying in Alexandria in the castle and having a secret relationship with the Princess. While most everyone is still unsure of a wizard the Princess and his friends have complete faith in him. Hellsfire and his friends must venture out into the wastelands to find and take care of Premier once and for all. Hellsfire knows that he only has so much time before Premier gets his full powers back. Something happens in the Nexus and there is a curse put on the Princess. I'm not going to say anymore as I don't want to spoil this for any readers.

I really liked where the author took this story to. We learned more about the backgrounds of some of the characters and was introduced to some new ones. This author writes so that you get a sense of what the places are like and it makes you feel as though you are really there. I loved all the action and adventure, it made the story flow well and was fun to read. There is some romance and lots of twists and turns. Every time you think the story is going one way it gets switched up and something else happens.

All in all a great sequel. I'm looking forward to reading the next one to see what will happen. This e-book was given to me for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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