Title: The Search For Synergy
Author: Brett Salter
Genre: Middle Grade/Young Adult Fantasy
The Search For Synergy is the first book in The Talisman Series by author Brett Salter. It follows the exploits of two middle-school boys, Rome Lockheed and Julian Rider, as they transition from normal kids into epic warriors fighting for the existence of the Earth realm. Rome is secretly a fire dragon from the Den of Volcana placed under a spell which hides his true form. Julian is an oddball, up-and-coming knight with a case of the "try-hards". Together, they perform an ancient pact which bonds their lives and souls forever. Under the tutelage and guidance of an eccentric, local librarian, Mr. Jones, the two learn of an impending invasion from an archaic evil desperate to invade from the other side of The Void.
This is one of the best young adult books ever written. This reminds this reader of the classic YA books that I grew up with. It has the feel of a classic Hardy boys mystery, the ones from last century.
This is a fantastic adventure that focuses on two young heroes - Rome and Julian - who unite to battle monsters threatening Earth. Well written and creatively described, the book is a pleasure to read. Here you have a book about 13-year-olds who go to school and there is NO BULLYING. That makes this book super special. Here is proof you can write a fantastic young adult book and not include bullying. EVERY other writer should take note, learn this lesson, and never write about bullying again.
The story is incredible and every young reader will love this book. This is the first book in what will be a fantastic series. I personally can't wait to read the next part of this tale. Truly a brilliant YA adventure that should be made into a tv series.
My Rating: 5+ stars
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My background in writing stems mostly from the inspiration I found as a kid when I read Fantasy and Sci-Fi books. These include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Xanth Novels, The Time Quintet, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and everything from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss. In my formative years, I joined several punk rock bands and wrote songs, poetry, and short stories aplenty. As an adult (?) I took on a dare and wrote the first book in The Talisman Series. I loved the feeling it gave me and the idea of inspiring others so much that I kept writing until I had an entire series.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N