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Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite
Children of the Volcano: A Young Adult Fantasy Adventure is the second book in the Essence of Ohr series by Parris Sheets, a compelling novel with memorable characters. Kole’s world is threatened by a powerful enemy and only the gods can restore what has been broken in it. Finding one in Russé, who doubles as his mentor, is more than sheer luck. But what is a Soul worth without his powers? They are on an adventure to the heart of the volcano, located in a land that is cursed, with dangerous beasts, inclement elements, and creatures of living stone filling the world they navigate. Meanwhile, Aterus has ordered his sorcerer, Savairo, to get the young boy. Tailed by the enemy and faced with ever-increasing odds, can Kole and his friends get to the god first and find the help they need to restore the balance of Ohr?
This novel is well-plotted and written in clear and beautiful prose. It is crisp and very descriptive, with images of a world that seems to abide by its unique magical rules and that features all kinds of creatures, including the gods, sorcerers, and beasts. Parris Sheets writes a plot that is labyrinthine and twisty, with surprises stacked along the rollicking adventure. The complexity in character development is one of the traits that kept my eyes focused on the pages. The dialogues are well-crafted and they constitute a powerful ingredient that moves the plot forward. Children of the Volcano is filled with mystery and a beguilingly rich magic system, a dark allure that keeps the narrative tense, and a masterly example of the elements of epic fantasy.