Friday, December 9, 2011

Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire Book 1) Review

Book:  Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire Book 1)
Author:  Marc Johnson
Publisher:  Longshot Publishing
Rating:  4 Stars
Level:  Young Adult
Source:  e-book review copy

Summary from Goodreads:
For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace.

Far from home, Alexandria's princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in to rescue her, alone and unarmed. His fear and fury unleash an uncontrollable magical force that grants him the power to save the princess-and change the world.

Hellsfire has never craved nor dreamed of power. But such magic as he now possesses has not been seen in Northern Shala for a thousand years, since the devastation of the War of the Wizards and the creation of the Wastelands.

Now Hellsfire must leave all he's ever known, and make a dangerous journey to learn to master this wild, ferocious power-power he knows he is not ready to wield. More difficult still, he needs to master his emotions. If he can't, the power will consume him, Alexandria will fall, and darkness will eclipse the land, destroying everyone he loves.

In the dead of cold, the spark shall burn...

My Review:
What a fun fantasy read this was! It's about a fourteen year old boy named Hellsfire who comes to discover he is a wizard and has a magical power of fire. He lives in a small village with his mother where is bullied all the time. One day he runs into the woods where he first saves Princess Krystal from her abductors.

The beginning is kinda slow with Hellsfire training to be a wizard from Master Stradus. It does pick up and gets really good once he leaves three years later when he is seventeen. He sets out to save the girl he loves, Princess Krystal of Alexandria and her kingdom from the evil wizard Premier.

The author built a fantasy world that was easy to visualize and characters that were fun to read. It has a coming of age story along with a magical story line. This book had it all, fantasy of course with lots of action, suspense, humor and a little romance. It has lots of different fantasy type characters, trolls, elves, dwarves, orges, wizards and a dragon. There are funny, sad and hanging on the edge of your seat moments.

I would like to tell you more of the story but I don't want to give anything away. I am recommending this to anyone who loves reading young adult fantasy. I loved this and can't wait to read the next one. I'm guessing there is going to be a sequel since it's book one right?

This e-book was given to me by the author for review. This did not affect my review in any way.

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  1. I love the cover! Sounds like a great read too!

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  2. Thanks for becoming a follower & for the nice comment!

    It is a great read. :)