Two forms of power - natural and chemical - divide the world. Dragons, who keep the chemical power in check, have long retreated from human sight; few still believe in them. Inside a castle surrounded by Tuscan hills more and more threatened by chemical forces, 16-year-old Anders lives a sheltered life. But much as his parents try, Anders can't avoid the forces that threaten....
Fantasy Adventure for All Ages
Eight years ago, when his dying grandfather whispered words of power in his ear, there was already something special about Anders Tomason.
But these days Anders is sick of being special. Forced to study in a locked room when he isn't having lessons, his only escape is daily practice with a staff; he hopes that one day, he'll get to swing a blade.
That day comes on his 16th birthday: Anders receives a wooden sword from his blade master, along with two surprises: a mischievous and flirtatious spirit inside the silver handle, and the dance of swordplay to the music of his own blood. Then, that same night Anders is drinking a new tea and burning incense to help him focus on his studies. But he's sick of studying, sick of being locked in. So sick of it, that in anger his blood magic opens a gateway. A girl bursts into his locked study. She has a stolen book of nature magic and a chemical warlock hot on her trail....
©2012 Teddy Jacobs (P)2012 Teddy Jacobs
The magical quality to foods seems a new twist on the genre. I almost get the sense that Teddy is a nutritionist based on how much focus he has on magical power being tied to diet.
His pacing is perfect for battle scenes. I really feel the excitement and don't want to bother flipping pages.
Take the first step of the journey to the Dark Lord...
JM Badger's narration made me want to break out my D24 and play some D&D!
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