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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
“If the Djed was not discovered and proven true, the scales would tip too far, the balance would be shattered, equilibrium lost. And along with it, all life.” In The Twelve Tasks (Djed Chronicles, Book 1) by Katharine E. Wibell, 13-year-old Katie wakes up in a strange world filled with magic and fantastical humanoid beings known as the 'Ntr'. She finds out that she's a Djed; a prophesied warrior who can stop a catastrophe that could destroy the universe. To prove that she is a true Djed, she must complete twelve tasks that will give her items necessary for her battle against her formidable foe. Working together with a gifted witch, a halfling, and an Ntr pup, Katie must become the savior that the universe needs before it's too late.
Twelve tasks in twelve worlds; the story premise gives the world-building its wonderfully complex structure which in turn gives the plot its depth and room for character development. There are aspects derived from classic myths and legends that readers will love as they provide a sense of familiarity to the fantastical realms that also have unique features of their own. As a 13-year-old who misses home but tries her best to fulfill her purpose, Katie is admirably courageous but also has much to learn about the importance of virtue. Her camaraderie with the young witch, Sar’ra, is not easy as she has the same stubbornness as Katie and has her own goal to achieve. Filled with danger and surprise encounters, the tasks constantly challenge Katie and her companions' resolve and, at times, trust becomes an issue. With action, gritty adventure, friendship, and self-discovery, Katharine E. Wibell's The Twelve Tasks is an epic young adult fantasy, a great start for the Djed Chronicles.