4 out of 4 stars
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Nothing says exciting science fiction like wicked aircraft and a guy who transforms into a bird. Add a kidnapping, magical happenings and a duel to the death and you have a fantasy that is definitely worth the read. Aluria is an action packed thrill ride with wings! Tyler Cook tells this tale using inventive and vividly descriptive language and colorful characters that bring this book to life.
The story begins with Jason as he tries to come to terms with the pressures of a privileged family. The future president of Conner Incorporated; however, is much more focused on and enamoured of the mysteriously foreign Tessa. While out on the town, they are attacked by the evil sorcerer Raiz. Help comes in the form of a powerful spirit called Aluria. Help also comes with a cost that changes both their destinies.
Fast forward years later. Jason learns about his inherited power and some impending threat on the horizon. Facing scandal because of a troubled past but with the help of the tech savvy Bonnie at his side; the first task he must complete is to ease his suffering city gripped with crime and mayhem. Using the company's technologies department at his disposal, Jason becomes a super suit wearing vigilante with a metahuman twist.
He is also reunited with his beloved Tessa. The dangerous and deadly Raiz also resurfaces with a new scheme to assume world domination. He must first get rid of Aluria; the one force standing in his way. Page after page is filled with battle; hand to hand and high in the sky. Can they hold the darkness at bay?
I give this novel four out of four stars. It seems to have been professionally edited with only a few errors and an easy to follow format. The story catches and holds the reader's interest from the very start. The action never slows down and that same momentum is carried throughout the book. I recommend this novel to anyone that is a fan of classic comic book heroes like Bruce Wayne or Clark Kent; the Xmen and the Avengers. I love the imaginative plot, but I do feel that the layers on top of layers of identities as well as the multiple conflicts are a bit exaggerated. The conclusion is also somewhat anticlimactic after some pretty intense fight scenes. Nevertheless, this work was written beautifully with only a few typographical slip-ups that could easily go unnoticed in the midst of this awesome adventure.
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