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It all starts around a century ago. The Lord of the Underworld is determined to destroy the human race with the help of his many vicious and deadly monsters. So they wage a war, one of the most gruesome wars the planet has ever seen, with the humans. The Enchanters, an elite class of humans who have magical powers, finally succeed in defeating the Lord of the Underworld, but many monsters still remain. Now, there is a never ending war between the monsters and the Enchanters, which the Enchanters must win in order to protect the human race.
But the population of Enchanters is very less and not enough to destroy all the monsters, so they need some Norms to support them. Norms are the people belonging to the other class of humans who do not possess magical powers. They are also the people who are considered to be inferior to the Enchanters.
Fourteen year old Aurelia is one of the Norms. She has been training ever since she learned to walk, to become one of the Defenders, a group of people who fight the monsters to defend their nation. So she is selected to enter the world’s first monster-fighting competition, and if she wins it, she would be chosen as a Defender. But more importantly, she would be able to prove to the world that Norms are just as good as the Enchanters, and should not be discriminated against.
But as she goes deeper into the competition, things start to get more and more dangerous. Also, nothing is what it looks like, and something very suspicious is going on what she didn’t know about. Her entire outlook on the Enchanters changes, and she suddenly realizes that this competition could even mean death for her.
This book is very captivating right from the beginning. There is enough action to keep you flipping the pages, and jaw-dropping stunts to get you hooked. The plot is fresh and excellent, and keeps you wanting more. The writing style is clear and to the point. The story flows logically, and the characters, especially the main characters, are totally relatable. Yes, the main character Aurelia is not perfect and has her flaws, but that’s what makes her likable. There are no significant punctuation or grammatical mistakes which in any way affect the reading experience. All this makes me wait eagerly for the Flynn Nightsider novel.
Overall, this book has all that you can expect from an action fantasy book. So, I would rate it 4 out of 4 stars and specially recommend it to teenagers who like these types of books.
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