Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight by Daniel M. Fife
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Danny Firoth is an
average thirteen-year-old who finds himself at the beginning of his
eighth-grade year, struggling with some of the more common concerns that
plague a boy of his age: bullies, homework, and his mother. Sabrina
Drake is the new girl. She is beautiful and spellbinding, but carries a
Accepted into the White Rock Academy of
Illumination, a school for young Squires destined to become Knights of
the Light and battle the forces of the Dark with magical weapons called
Bondeds, Danny joins his five closest friends in the training of their
lives. Honed in the techniques of blade work by an Elvin swordmaster and
educated by a colorful assortment of knightly instructors, Danny and
his friends are placed on the path to becoming knighted members of the
Light. However, the Dark may have other plans as they unveil a sinister
plot in this fantastic tale of dragon-riding adventure, sword-wielding
action, and coming-of-age drama.
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My Thoughts :
I wish I could give this one more than 5 stars! It easily outdid a typical 5 star. If you like Harry Potter type books, you'll love this one! Seriously guys, if you've read my reviews before I may rave about a book but I am telling you this one is above and beyond.
1. Note it is NOT a romance.. It's a YA with lots of adventure and maybe a smidge of romance thrown in. Since I mainly stick with romance, you can get how much I loved this book since it's not my #1. favored genre.
2. The author is a guy. Okay that sounds completely sexist.. Guys write great books all the time, but the ones that write really awesome books (that I love) tend to stick to certain styles of writing and YA is not a genre I tend to find them in. That said- this book blew me away and has me reassessing my initial denial to review a book by a guy in certain genres.
This book was full of mysteries and intrigue. It was very well written and drew me in so deeply, I was trying to read it during the midst of a bad case of the flu when I could barely keep my eyes open. Then I tried to talk my 16yr old into reading it aloud to me. lol. I didn't have time to get over the flu to find out what happened next.
I loved the main character Danny and his assortment of friends who make this journey into the unknown with him. Chris has to be my favorite of the friends, something about his unfaltering loyalty to Danny makes me want to hug him. The author has a gift for writing deep lovable characters and making us truly feel connected to them.
I am assuming this is the beginning of a series (yes??) and cannot wait to read the next installment (hint! hint!!)! I am going on record now to predict this being one of the next big movie hits like it's predecessors Harry Potter, Twilight & Hunger Games to name a few, this book has all the major characteristics of a box office hit! Called it!! I think for 'calling it' I should get to help with the casting when the time comes. Only seems fair, right? The only thing I have left to do is to get an autographed print copy so I can start my collection of this series.!
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*I received this book free as part of a R2R program for my honest review. *