2 out of 4 stars
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After an earthquake exposes a building that seems hidden underground, a reputable archaeologist, Dr. Henry Jedidah, and his estranged daughter, Elizabeth, are employed to investigate the ancient site. As they embark on the mission, the man bankrolling the project, Luke Nachash, is overly interested in what they would find, so much so that it seems he already knows what it would be and is ready to kill for it.
When the Jedidahs and their team finally find artifacts in the mysterious building, Dr. Jedidah ignores warnings and goes after a magical sphere described in them. As a result of this move, and with Luke lurking around, all hell breaks loose. The Jedidahs must find the "appointed one" to stop the world's imminent doom before it's too late.
Quest of the Staff and the Sword by T. K. Kohl is an epic fantasy novel, and this one is the first installment in the series. The author uses the third-person point of view to tell this story, which helps readers to be aware of events happening simultaneously. The story begins with what seems like two separate storylines that eventually converge to bring the thrill readers would love. What I enjoyed most about the book was the aura of suspense this style produced because I kept anticipating the happenings that would ensue when the two separate groups of characters eventually meet.
Furthermore, I like the story's plot, and the mix of supernatural elements in the story would delight young adults. The characters are also unique and life-like, and through the events in the book, the author subtly presents some morals to learn from the characters' actions. The dialogues are also satisfactory, as they appear natural and help the reader to empathize with the characters. The characterization is commendable, and I like that the author provides backstories for the main characters. There are also bits of humor in the narrations that make the story more exciting to read.
Nevertheless, I didn't enjoy the author's writing style because it appeared choppy most of the time. For example, a passage from the book reads: "She walked to the cliff edge. She stared at the waterfall. She watched the sun fall below the horizon in the west. She looked at John. She lay back and fell asleep." Monotonous sentences like those took the life out of the writing and detracted from the flow of the story. Unfortunately, it is what I dislike most about the novel.
Another aspect of the book I didn't enjoy was how the author wasted time describing events that didn't add any value to the story. The story started with a fascinating vibe that I wish was maintained till the end. More so, the ending of the story was disappointing for me. Even though I expected a cliffhanger ending since this title is only the first in a series, the end was below my expectations. And I can't say much about that lest I spoil the book for you.
In conclusion, I am rating this book two out of four stars. The choppy writing style and uninspiring end are jointly responsible for the rating; however, the publication doesn't deserve anything lower, as it also has strong points in its favor. It is also professionally edited and contains only a few errors. I recommend the book to young adults who want to follow an epic fantasy story with a strong protagonist, especially if they don't mind reading about people dying gruesomely and finding profane words in books.
Quest of the Staff and the Sword
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