5 stars for Longevity: The Awakening by @CalebSmith79 #yalit #historicalfantasy #bookreview
Title: Longevity: The Awakening
Author: Caleb Smith
Genre: YA Historical Fantasy
Alastair Ramsden was barely twelve years old when he witnessed the brutal death of his father. Growing up orphaned during the Scottish War of Independence, Alastair struggled to survive. The only place he knew to save him was an old oak tree in the middle of an upland field where he gained the ability to cross over into the 4th-dimensional elemental kingdom of Akasha. It was there he first connected with elementals of the sun, who helped him on his way to self-discovery.
The Divine Queen Mother, great fire spirit of the earth ruled the elemental kingdom. When she came to Alastair’s aid by opening a portal into the grand oak tree leading him into Akasha, so he might escape a group of chasing English assailants, the journey begins as he must find the key to his escape and survival.
His spiritual journey takes him through the woods, across Loch Lomond, and up into the highlands of Scotland in pursuit of a Ranger Elf who governs the appointed lands from the peak of the tallest mountain. Alastair and his gnome friend set out around the clock in a perilous quest, leading them to find that the night belongs to lunar fiends of the moon, who hunt those that walk by day beyond dusk.
After being separated, it’s up to Alastair to last each night alone as he crosses paths with a cast of elemental creatures. In order to survive, Alastair must sacrifice everything to make it to the top of Ben Nevis in this multi-layered, Braveheart meets Phantastes inspired tale.
As a huge fan of Braveheart, I am so glad I got to read this book. This book simply takes over a reader and becomes part of their soul. The rich descriptions of 13th century Scotland are excellent.
Alastair is a great hero who's will to achieve his quest is just fire. The 4th dimension is so exciting! If you are a big fan of quest adventures with mystical creatures, you must read this book!
The tale just takes you for a ride and leaves you breathless. You are so ready for book two when you hit the end. This book is the bomb! If you are big reader of medieval Scotland books and mystical fantasies, you will want to grab this book. A really cool read that I will read again and again!
My Rating: 5 stars
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Caleb Smith, an author from Bangor, Maine, holds a passion for nature, spiritual study, reading, family, poetry, art, and golf. Honesty, simplicity, and a hard work ethic are the things that best shape his day.
"I think it was in the summer of 2001 while painting a house on West Broadway in Bangor. In the sweltering heat, up on staging, I worked with two high school buddies when he drove by in a classic convertible. He looked our way and as we watched him cruise by, I told myself then that I wanted to tell stories like that guy........"
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Reviewed by: Teddy