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The first book in an EPIC series..!

By Seastallion, member

Apr 23, 2016: This is the first book in an amazing series, sometimes called the Firestaff Series. Or the Tarrin Kael Chronicals. Regardless of which overall title you prefer, it is very well written, has a highly detailed world, a large cast of characters, and combined with the 7 other books, a long but very enjoyable length. The author (Fel aka James Galloway), is also currently writing a short story that takes place post series, that is also turning out very nicely. I would however HIGHLY recommend that you read the entire series first, as the main character (Tarrin Kael) has changed considerably from how he first began. If one were to read the short story first, then the series, it might get a bit confusing.

Warning (Minor plot synopsis, hopefully I’m not giving too much away. However, this being the first book in the series, there is a great deal of plot left over. If this might bother you then stop reading this review, and go read the book!). 😉

This book introduces the main character, and also many of the other major characters. He began his life living on the frontier of his country, with his family’s small farm being deeper than any other home in the closest village of Aldreth, itself the furthest settlement into the frontier, a very large woodland inhabited by the Woodkin, such as Fairies, Were-kin (werewolves, were-bears, etc.), Giants, and many other creatures, with the only ‘strictly’ humans living there being the Druids, a small but very powerful group of magic users who often act as mediators and healers for the wood-kin.

Tarrin Kael has always dreamt of joining the legendary Knights of Karis, and spent his youth training under his father, a retired officer of the Sulasian Rangers and his mother, an Undgart Princess every bit as skilled with her battle ax as even the Knights of Karis. He was prepared to go to Suld, the capital of Sulasia, to take the entrance test to see if he could qualify to become a Knight’s Cadet, when in a matter of a few minutes his life was suddenly taken off track after meeting a sorceress that quickly declared that he and his sister also had the power of sorcery, and by law they were required to attend the school at the Tower of Sorcery. During the trip to the Tower, his life is again altered irrecoverably, with far reaching consequences. Tarrin must struggle with the radical shift of his very nature, and combined with the stress of his situation, it nearly drives him to the brink of insanity.

After finally reaching the Tower, he eventually meets the two people that become his dearest friends, family in all but blood, along with a few others. Unfortunately, nearly everyone else is afraid of him. He also finds himself caught up in an international secret quest, with one or more shadow groups trying to kill him. The Tower leadership knows why, but they aren’t talking, making Tarrin suspicious of the people he’s supposed to be able to trust. After a successful attempt to recover lost knowledge with his most trusted friends, he is betrayed, and captured. Soon after, he finally learns the truth. However the consequences of the betrayal drive the kind young man he had once been, beneath a feral beast that refuses to trust anyone except for the very few that had already proven themselves before the betrayal. Worse still, he must embark on a long journey surrounded by strangers, with the stakes being nothing less than the very fate of the entire world itself.

The series deals with a multiverse of gods, demons, and beings of such terrible power that even the gods and demons will work together against them, called Entropics. However, that aspect of it isn’t really dealt with until the last three books in the series, collectively called ‘The Pyrosian Chronicals’. There are a multitude of mythological creatures in the story, as the world is not at all inhabited by only humans, although they are the most numerous. Some readers have compared the Firestaff Series to the ‘Wheel of Time’ book series.

There are minor editing issues, but the story is so great it is easily worth overlooking. I have little doubt that with the appropriate editing, this series would totally deserve to be published and sold in bookstores, and I could see it doing very well. As it is, the author has a fairly solid online following, that also follow his other works.

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