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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Dragons, Elves, and Dwarves, oh my!

Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight (Light & Dark, #1)Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight by Daniel M. Fife
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Disclaimer: Received for free from the publisher in exchange for my honest, unbiased review.

Solid 3.5 stars on this adventurous story of a young middle school aged boy, Danny, and his friends who discover that the fantasy card game they played the previous summer is in fact real. Dragons, elves, dwarves, and shadows, oh my!

I think this book would appeal to those who enjoyed Harry Potter, especially younger male audiences with the descriptions of swordplay and the camaraderie of 5 guy friend. Another school, hidden from the normal human world, teaching future generations of Light warriors how to fight, strategy, history of past battles, self-possession, etc.

Since it is an ARC e-book I received, it could very well be that the spelling and grammatical errors were from the unfinished proof. A lot of words with double Ls (shall, will, fill, tell) etc., ended up with only one L instead of both. There were a few other sentence structure choices I found odd, but then again, I am an adult reading young adult fiction. It could just be the difference in age!

That being said, if you're looking for something fantastical, with magic and dragons and swordfights, something adventurous, this new series is for you! Whether you're Danny's age (13) or mine (30something), you can easily envision the island school, the characters, and Danny's special ability.

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