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Saturday, November 19, 2011

The Passage of Hellsfire
by Marc Johnson

received from author for review

synopsis (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...


I enjoyed this book. It was a quick and fun read. Reminded me of a video game. I believe the target audience is age 10-15 year olds. 
The book started out somewhat slowly, but the pace improved after the first 30 pages or so. This is understandable as the author had to introduce the characters and set up the storyline. 
The character of Hellsfire is quite and interesting person, if somewhat precocious for his age. Listening to him speak, he didn't sound much like a 14 year old boy, but sounded and acted like a boy much older. Perhaps, this has to do with the era in which he lived. My favorite character was the Princess Krystal. You have to be impressed with a girl who can fight and use a sword like a pro. 
The book was a pleasant change from the many vampire and werewolf books available for YA. 
This book is only available in ebook format. 
I would recommend Catalyst to lovers of fantasy novels and/or video games

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