The Duke smiled for the first time, “Well said, captain”.
This story begins in modern Chicago then moves to fifth-century Transylvania. The teenage protagonists, Glenda and Traveler, are sent by Theo, their sanctuary god, deep into the primeval forests of the Carpathian Mountains. They must locate then neutralize an ancient demi-god called a “fire beast”. The two must also survive the daunting challenges of isolated fifth-century Transylvania. Rome is now in its final death throes and the hoof beats of Attila the Hun echo across Europe. Civilization and Pax Romana are distant memories. Magic, wits, and youthful courage must combine to face the fire creature. Survival, much less winning, is up for grabs.
Although, in the prologue it does explain where we are at in the story and what is happening I do think it is beneficial to read the first book in the series, just to enjoy character depth and world-building. This novel, has all of the ‘journeying’ aspect of The Hobbit and a lot of mystery and fun with the different aspects of where they go and who they meet. It made a change from the usual books I read, and I think the cast of characters all had their quirks. Glenda as one of the female characters is well-rounded and I personally enjoyed reading her character. As a story to read, especially for the age group, it was a fun adventure. This is the perfect book for Young Adult readers. This story is fun to read and has adventure and encapsulating detail. The story is dialogue and action driven, this builds up over the course of the novel and makes the you want to keep on reading! With the wide cast of characters, Glenda, Traveler and Theo, I think all YA readers will have a character to relate to and and build empathy.
Overall, it is a magical story, a particularly unique story, with a plot and ideas that I haven’t read before, definitely the idea of neutralising an ancient demigod and the travelling through Transylvania, it added interesting twists to the novel and another adventure plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel for Young Adult readers, and I am glad I had the opportunity to read something different that I wouldn’t necessarily have thought to read. I hope there is a next one in the series and if you have a young adult in your life definitely check it out to read!
David E. Dresner was born and raised in rural Ohio. He was an Eagle Scout and later high school president in both his junior and senior years. The social mores, the friendships, and the rivalries of his youth were character building and era defining and have stayed with him into adulthood. Dresner studied physics and mathematics at Carnegie Tech, now Carnegie Mellon, earning a B.S. and M.S, before training to become an actuary. Dresner enjoyed considerable professional success, working at major business consultancy firms at CEO and COO level before taking early retirement and starting a family. He has since dedicated himself to giving back to his community, supporting small businesses, churches and schools by developing their strategic plans, as well as tutoring children in core academic studies. Having travelled extensively and lived in France, Switzerland and the Czech Republic, today David and his wife Nancy live in a rural part of Virginia, near Charlottesville. He is currently working on the fourth instalment of The Allies of Theo series; he will publish his third novel in 2020.
Title: The Blighted Fortress (The Allies of Theo #2)