Before I go any further… The author allowed me to share some exclusive content and you, the readers, are now the first ones to know – a NEW COVER is coming out in a week or so. More than deserved for a book as great as this one, if I may add.
Ewan Pendle was weird. Really weird. At least, that’s what everyone told him. Then again, being able to see monsters that no one else could wasn’t exactly normal.
Thinking he has been moved off to live with his eleventh foster family, Ewan is instead told he is a Lenitnes, one of an ancient race of people who can alone see the real Creatures that inhabit the earth. He is taken in by Enola, the mysterious sword carrying Grand Master of Firedrake Lyceum, a labyrinth of halls and rooms in the middle of London where other children, just like him, go to learn the ways of the Creatures.
“The surroundings may be new to you, my boy, but walking I’m sure is not – don’t let what your eyes tell you disrupt what your heart already knows.” – Master Grimoire
Okay, before I grabbed this book from the author, I looked it up on Amazon. There was this certain quote in the description:
“If you’re suffering from HARRY POTTER withdrawals, then look no further! This detailed, intriguing and touching story is the answer!” – Independent Reviewer
To be perfectly honest, I thought it was a load of crap, and it seemed childish to me that someone would compare a rather unknown book to Harry Potter. But then again, the description seemed interesting enough, so I grabbed it. And boy am I glad I did.
We follow the story of Evan, who has been an outcast since his young age, due to his ability to see Creatures. He has moved through many foster homes before eventually finding a home at Lyceum. I am not going to summarize it and spoil it for you guys, I am just giving you some detail, so I can proceed to my next point, which is…
It is nothing like Harry Potter, but it is right there next to it. The story is a totally different thing, and we cannot draw any comparisons whatsoever. The points that do connect the two, however, are in friendship, loyalty, mystery and home. Just like Evan, you will find a home at Lyceum. I think the latter is very important. It sucks you up into the story and makes you feel like you are right there, walking the same corridors as every other student. Make this book into a movie and it WILL BE Harry Potter of the new, younger generations. I am sure of that.
Let us touch friendship and loyalty first. When Evan arrives at Lyceum, he meets a girl named Mathilde, who offers to help him and show him around the Lyceum, as he was brought there a month late. Evan then proceeds to meet a whole bunch of other people and makes friends, who do not let him down, and are always there for him whenever he needs them. And they do come in handy throughout the book. As you would imagine, Evan is the one that does not seek trouble, but trouble always seems to find him.
What about mystery? One of the most amazing segments of the book. The book itself splits into more stories. The one where you follow Evan is the central story. But behind it (as you read about it at the very beginning) is another story that up until the end, does not influence the flow of the central story, even though the events of that story make their way into the central story. This is an absolutely beautiful execution by the author. And this is not all. We also have the story of the White Wrath that, again, catches the flow of the central story, and unleashes when the time is right. But not only that, we also have the starts of the stories about Creatures, Evan’s parents, dreams and so on and so forth (I do not want to say too much because I do not want to spoil it). The book is absolutely filled with secrets and mystery and you will not uncover all of them. Some of them just wave their hand at you and disappear, probably waiting for us in the second book.
The character development is great. We get to know Evan as a boy, who doesn’t really exceed in anything in particular. By the end of the book, he grows out of that and becomes as skilled as the rest of the first grade students. At the end of the book, he is much more mature and ready to face what the second year will bring. But again, it is not only about Evan, even the other characters that surround him, get their fair share of development. For example Mathilde. She manages to break free of the shell that surrounded her, finally lets down her guard and talks to Evan honestly, sharing her own darkest secrets.
The book is also filled with humourous moments and characters. The Pyro professor and his poor chemical mixing skills will give you an absolute blast (see what I did there?). I always think that humour is important. It supplies the necessary comical relief at the right time, so it does not ruin the momentum of the story.
I did my best to not spoil anything for you guys. On another note, even though the author sent me a free copy, I will also buy the paperback one (as soon as the new cover is released). I loved the book and I could not put it down for days, as soon as I had some free time, I went back to reading. I sincerely hope, the author can make enough money, to release the second part. And that right there is up to us, readers. If you can afford it, buy it.
I just cannot seem to find anything wrong or bad about this book, so…
Book recommendation: 10/10, OUR FIRST ONE!