‘An Emerging Threat’ by Mark E. Lein

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An evil stirs, casting a shadow across the Islands. Two men begin quests to find the source of the darkness. One is a young scholar, given no choice but to follow the path ahead. Tragedy shapes him, nearly driving him to despair; an inner struggle pervades his journey. The other is a warrior forced to the task through a sense of responsibility. His royal blood and his knighthood drive his course. Their searches, though separate, have the same goal: to find whatever or whoever may be responsible for the darkening of their world. This book tells the story of their journey and the creatures, both friend and foe, that they meet along the way.

(An Emerging Threat is book 1 of The Seeker’s Burden series)

 

An Emerging Threat tells a story of Oliver, a young scholar, and Ethan, the prince of Astar. When the Citadel that Oliver lives is destroyed by unknown creatures and everyone he knows is dead, the boy finds a map that belonged to his Master with a various riddles written on it. He decides to take a journey to the Shadowmyst Island and, with help of two very friendly goblins, he goes on an adventure of his life. Ethan on the other hand is constantly fighting against some very scary creatures that are dangerous to the entire kingdom.
This is the first book in a series so the author does a very good job of introducing the characters and the world to us. It brings some resemblance to the books of Tolkien with the quest and introducing an evil force somewhere in the world but the similarities end there. Mark E. Lein does a fantastic job of bringing his own vision of a magical world. I really liked the creatures called Ash, they are very mysterious and I hope in the next books will be more informations about them. And about the scary ones that want to murder the entire world!
I really am sad that this book was so short and I hope that the second installment will come out soon, because after ending like that, I can’t wait to see what’s next for Oliver and Ethan.

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