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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
I must admit that I am a huge fan of fantasy. It’s my most preferred genre, and the one that I feel has the most promise for true creativity. That being said, I must also admit that I have been getting a bit burned out from my favorite genre lately. Too many fantasy-related books are relying on the same old story lines, the same creatures, even the same types of heroes. So I picked up the new book by author Raymond Bolton, The Awakening: Book One in the Ydron Saga somewhat warily. I needn’t have worried. What we find in this creative and interesting new take on old themes is simply an amazing adventure. Following the story of Prince Regilius, the young man designed specifically to fight his world’s enemy, the Dalthin, an alien species that is encroaching on his people’s very way of life, this book is a fantastic ride from the beginning. When Regilius’ mother kills his own father, and he’s faced with the possibility of killing her to save his people, things get even more intense.
Taking place in a time when steam power is just starting to be developed enough to start to take the place of horses and ships, where Regilius’ followers still use bows and arrows and catapults, but are fighting a powerful species of alien creatures, The Awakening tests the bounds of human loyalty and innovation, friendship, trust and betrayal. Author Raymond Bolton’s ability to integrate alien beings into a feudal kingdom was a masterful piece of work, and one that I am very much looking forward to continuing to read about in future installments in this series.