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Monday, 3 September 2012

Review: 'The Legend of the Chosen' - Jennifer Selzer & Daniel Huber

Legend of the Chosen – Jennifer Selzer and Daniel Huber


In the beginning the gods created evil
Left alone it grew vengeful
Angry, it sought to destroy all of existence
The Bethel galaxy is all that remains.

Bethel, the charmed central planet of the galaxy is on the brink of the year’s most anticipated event: the celebrated Twilight Bloom. Quade Decairus has no reason to believe that this year will be any different than those in the past: food and music, friends and the good cheer of those he loves the most. So why has he been plagued with nightmares of the end of his world coming on this very night?
Prophecies masked as legends. Impossible visions, bringing universal destruction. Only one man can seek those chosen to stop the evil and save them all.
In a world rich with magic and technology, a seamless blend of Fantasy and Sci-Fi, Destiny’s Kingdom explores Quade’s journey as he quests to save a galaxy that has always known peace and prosperity from a powerful evil only he can face.
Legend of the Chosen is book one in the Destiny’s Kingdom series.

My Review: 4/5*

"All she could think of now was the events of the previous day, all she kept hearing again and again in her mind was Quade's voice, all she kept seeing was the confused desperation that flashed in his eyes.

'P'cadia lost, P'cadia found...' How could this be happening?" (51%)

When I initially began this book, I was unsure as to whether I would like it or not. Having not long finished the god-awful Neuromancer by William Gibson, my opinion on the genre of sci-fi was well in need of a lift. Neuromancer was my first attempt at reading the genre so as you can imagine, I was eager to find a book which would prove that the genre really is something for me - Legend of the Chosen seemed like the perfect book and it was definitely up to the task. 

The novel begins with the introduction of the figure of Quade and we are made almost immediately aware that something isn't quite right within the galaxy. Following my reading of the first chapter, I will honestly admit I was worried. It wasn't captivating me in the way a book usually does, but I continued onto the second chapter regardless. The novel officially had me hooked following the introduction of the character of Clea. She is, in my opinion, the most intriguing character within the book. She's a strong, successful, independent woman who is most certainly not afraid to stand up for herself. The unveiling of her occupation as (what can only be summarised as) a smuggler solidifies the character which has been successfully built up around her by Selzer and Huber. Her relationship with the royal daughter Keystone, Trina displays her compassion and warmth which only assists in making her a character everyone loves to read. Once the novel begins to display the unusual goings on within Bethal and the Galaxy as a whole, her figure becomes all the more intriguing as we itch to discover her role within Quade's quest.

The use of Clea's muse, Avalon, and Quade's emmissaries of the gods; Mimic and Echo create an entirely otherworldly feel to the novel. Selzer and Huber's use of these figures are incredibly successful in adding this mystical sensation to the novel and allows credibility to the quest that Quade, Clea and one unknown other will soon be on - whether they accept it or not! The development of the quest is wonderful to read. We are given the slow and painful process that Quade experiences as he comes to realise that he isn't, in fact, going insane. The voices inside his head are real, solid figures. The things he has been dreaming of are things which have happened or will happen if they don't try and stop the SanFear before it's too late. We are confronted with Clea's fear that the words that Avalon once said are now beginning to come true. She is shocked that the words are coming from none other than her best friend, Trina's boyfriend, Quade. The novel itself ends on a cliffhanger which is excruciating - Quade commits an act which endangers the Keystone, his relationship with Trina and has kicked the war between The Chosen and the SanFear into full throttle.

Does Clea join Quade? What are the consequences to Quade's actions with regards to the Keystone? I can't wait to find out! A must-read for any sci-fi lover. 


Coming Soon! 

Guest post by Jennifer Selzer and Daniel Huber.
Legend of the Chosen e-book giveaway.

Arrggh, so excited! :)

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