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Reviewed by Jose Cornelio for Readers' Favorite
The Trinity: A Mystic Brats Novel is the third installment in The Mystic Brat Journals by Robert Culp, a great read for fans of urban fantasy. Powerful ancient powers have been resurrected and danger looms everywhere. The reader is introduced to teens who must navigate their personal and dark family histories and mysteries to find the tools to defeat an undefeatable Beast. The powers of Osiris and the Sword of Destiny in the hands of the sinister Sir Lancelot are at play. As the teens unravel the truth, they discover that the secret to slaying the Beast is in the three trinities of ancient power — the three most powerful dragons; the books of the damned; and the Spear of Destiny, the Lunar Necklace, and the Sword in the Stone. But can they access and master these powers while Lancelot grows in strength and becomes more unpredictable?
The Trinity is explosive with action and characters that are exceptionally written and fully drawn. I enjoyed the way the villain is written. Characters from different timelines and legends converge in this epic tale and the author includes different legends in the story, from the Egyptian Osiris to the Arthurian era. The characters are wonderfully written and multilayered. Each of the teens has a burden, a mystery about their life which they must solve. In seeking answers to their own past, they uncover deeper truths about what they are up against and find tools in unexpected places. For instance, Jason must walk a treacherous path to uncover the mystery about his grandfather’s past; Julie Brooks must reconnect with her mother, uncovering a dark and disturbing legacy; Kevin must find an ex-fiancée who is the sister of an Arian knight, and Barry Dickenson is not fully recovered from the grip of Osiris.
The plot is twisty and filled with dramatic moments. It takes a lot of skill to write so much into a story and to do so without losing the reader’s attention. Robert Culp stands out as a master of writing complex plot lines. The first-person narrative voice is gripping and it allows readers to experience the story from different perspectives. The Trinity: A Mystic Brats Novel is a rollicking adventure with larger-than-life characters; a page-turning fantasy brimming with magic and action.