Title: Elemental Links: Steel and Magic Book One
Author: M. A. Leon
Genre: YA Fantasy, Medieval
"Leon’s engrossing prose and skilled storytelling give an extra kick to this enthralling tale." – The Prairies Book Review.
“Take him and run.” The last words of Jake’s mother urged him to save his brother, Louie. Jake and Louie get thrown into the outside world, where Jake learns his skill with a sword can save their lives, and Louie, gifted with elemental magic, soon learns his magic is part of something much bigger: a world of spirits that wage a war of their own.
The necrom are after Louie. They only way the necrom can increase their numbers is to capture and possess more adepts. After centuries of the necrom pillaging, adepts are scarce. The necrom want Louie and won’t stop until they capture him.
Along their way, they meet Cassie; a fiery brunette with more secrets than Jake and Louie signed on for. The boys' unlikely friendship with her turns their run-and-hide strategy on its heels.
Their journey is fraught with unexpected creatures, friends, and new allies. Aside from tournaments and drakons, Jake and Louie are tested as they've never been before. Can they defeat the force that threatens not just Louie, but every adept in Elabrium? Will their allies stand with them against the horde of necrom, whose mere presence threatens not just themselves, but their newfound friends as well?
The necroms are hunting adepts (people gifted with elemental magic) and will stop at nothing to capture Louie, a powerful adept. Brothers Jake and Louie manage to escape before the necroms slaughter their entire family. Jake vows to protect his brother and finds his strength with brandishing a sword keeps their enemies at bay. On the run, they meet Cassie. She opens their eyes to what’s really going on and why it’s so important to save as many adepts as possible. Jake and Louie learn what is at stake and how to stay one step ahead of the hoarde of necroms hunting them. Can they defeat the hoarde and protect their newfound friends and allies or will the necroms declare victory?
Elemental Links blends fantasy and medieval fiction to perfection. The battle between good and evil is well presented in a descriptive narration so engrossing, it transports the reader into a world they have never known. The characters are fully developed, and the reader will connect with them right away. The action is intense with twists and turns I didn’t see coming. There are times when Leon’s writing style reminds me of Tolkien. If you’re a fan of medieval fantasy with a full cast of characters, you have to read Elemental Links. Highly recommend!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Born and raised in Calgary, Alberta Melanie has been in love with medieval fantasy all of her life. Dreams of magic, dragons, maidens, and knights have enthralled her since a young age. Medieval literature university classes were among her favourites, as was art history from the medieval to the classical periods. Together, along with her excitement of reading anything written about the medieval period, Melanie has gained a realistic view of the medieval age, and how to tweak it into something new.
Action, peril, strategy, and determination fill her books. Determination for life, for friends, and for doing what no one else dares to do.
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Reviewed by: Mrs. N