The magical island of Kalaya is dying, along with its Sentinel. With the Kalayan people turning their back on magic, can Tei help the exiles find their new Sentinel before it’s too late?
Kalaya is controlled by the Assembly – set up to govern but now under the control of Rathnor, who is intent on persecuting those who have magic, many of whom have taken refuge in the Turrak Mountains.
Tei has been raised to hide her magic, until her father, Migil, is visited by an old friend who warns them that they must seek refuge in the mountains.
On the journey, an enemy attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He sees her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession that changes Tei’s life.
Tei must put her trust in these strangers, especially when mysterious Masked Riders seem determined to stop her reaching Turrak.
Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles in their search for their lost Sentinel. But the Masked Riders want the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
Can Tei help the exiles save the island magic and reunite the Kalayan people before their ignorance destroys them all?
HERE ARE MY THOUGHTS AND REVIEW
This is the second book of Suzanne Rogerson’s that I have read so I felt that I had some sort of idea of her writing style but wow has she raised the bar. What makes it even more exciting is that this is the first book in a trilogy so I know it is going to be one hell of an epic journey for both the characters and readers alike.
I soon developed character envy after reading the opening chapter, Tei even as a child, had the gift of leaving her body and wondering as a spirit on the astral plane, pretty cool, but there are some rather dark forces there that need to be avoided. She is warned to keep her abilities secret or else she will put herself in grave danger.
Nine years later a knock on the door results in Tei and her father leaving their home to find safety in the Turrak mountains as the hunt to rid Kalaya of anyone with special abilities is enforced by the Assembly. Kalaya’s economy, crops and good fortune are failing because the Sentinel that radiates magic into the Island is slowly dying. The failures have then been blamed directly onto anyone with any sort of magical power which in turn has caused quite a ‘witch hunt’ for the sake of a better couple of words. Tei and her father flee only to be pursued. As more of the Islands population decreases it become imperative that a new Sentinel is found but the problem is no one knows who it could be.
When tragedy strikes Tei and her father she has to put her trust with two strangers that become her protectors. They know that Tei is to play an important part if the Island is to be saved. Now I don’t think anyone will read this book without really loving Garrick. He is a top notch bloke in every way possible, a little swoon here I think. The story takes a turn as Tei is not only hunted she is also now the hunter to find the next Sentinel. This journey becomes an absolutely top class quest to find the one person that could possibly be the special one. It isn’t like just anyone can take on the role.
Oh my Suzanne Rogerson can certainly make you forget time. I was just totally absorbed in this journey. A journey of hope not just for the people but for the essence of the whole island if it is to thrive again. Do be warned though this author is not only relentless she is ruthless. So much that she can bring you to tears. There are countless characters on this journey but it is like you only take what you need from each section. A super start to what is going to be a sensational story, just make sure you are part of it from the beginning.
HERE IS A LITTLE ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Suzanne lives in Middlesex with her hugely encouraging husband and two children.
She wrote her first novel at the age of twelve. She discovered the fantasy genre in her late teens and has never looked back. Giving up work to raise a family gave her the impetus to take her attempts at novel writing beyond the first draft, and she is lucky enough to have a husband who supports her dream – even if he does occasionally hint that she might think about getting a proper job one day.
Suzanne loves gardening and has a Hebe (shrub) fetish. She enjoys cooking with ingredients from the garden, and regularly feeds unsuspecting guests vegetable-based cakes.
She collects books, loves going for walks and picnics with the children and sharing with them her love of nature and photography.
Suzanne is interested in history and enjoys wandering around castles. But most of she likes to escape with a great film, or soak in a hot bubble bath with an ice cream and a book.
HOW TO CONTACT THE AUTHOR
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