3 out of 4 stars
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Imagine waking up in the future with no memories of your past. Imagine that you are a part of something greater but cannot remember anything. This is exactly what happens to Paladin the Blue in Templar Chronicles: New Players by Ray Slaughter.
Paladin doesn't even know his own name. He wakes up in a place called the White Tower. He is brought to the king of the White Tower. The king is named Tericles the White Sage. The king then makes him begin training with his soldiers. Paladin discovers that the White Tower is at war with the People's Republic of Sunora. They are described as rebels. He soon discovers that the White Tower also uses beasts called prowlers that are able to take on armies. The king is very impressed with Paladin's skills and soon wants him to assist him in battle.
However, there is one person that the White Tower seems to fear and that is the Black Knight. He proves to be very strong in battle. During the first battle, Paladin witnesses the cruelty and dishonor displayed by the White Tower. After another battle, the prowlers begin to attack Paladin and he is saved by none other than the Black Knight! After a series of events, he finds himself in Sunora. He meets Queen Theranda and the rest of the warriors. To his shock, some of the warriors are female. Everyone is skeptical of Paladin, except for the Black Knight. The Black Knight believes there is more to Paladin and that he has a great destiny to fulfill.
Overall, I really enjoyed this science fiction novel. This book is packed with action from start to finish! Paladin's character remains very mysterious until the end of the book. Even though he remains mysterious, he has great character development. His story begins with nothing. However, he is able to question where he is and if he is on the right side. He is a very noble and honorable character. He is not the only amazing character. This book is filled with great supporting characters which include knights, summoners, and intense female warriors.
I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys science fiction, fantasy, time travel, and action. The action sequences go into great detail and make the battle scenes very intense for the reader. The book does wrap up all plot lines and has a great ending. Also, it looks like this will also be the first book in the series. I am glad to say that this book looked professionally edited and I did not spot any grammatical errors.
I rate this book 3 out of 4 stars. The reason for this rating is because this novel moves at an extremely fast pace. It moves so fast that there were times that I thought I missed some information and felt I had to go back and reread the previous pages. There were also times when the point of view would switch in the middle of the chapters and there were times it wasn't a smooth transition. Despite those reasons, I still really enjoyed this novel. I am looking forward to the next installment!
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