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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Balance of the 12 by Ania is a bold and original fantasy that makes a great treat for fans of the genre. The balance between the twelve races and peace has been preserved over the centuries, thanks to the bravery of a Reader and human Protector, who eons ago defeated a very powerful enemy. It came at a very high price. Now, a terrible threat to that balance looms ahead, and only two people can stop it — or can they? A human called Samuel and Jane, a Reader, are the only ones gifted with special qualities to stop the impending war. With the unique chance to see back through time into how the last Visionary Reader and human Protector were able to defeat the evil, Samuel and Jane are confounded by what they discover. Can they find enough trust and faith in themselves to withstand what lies ahead? The stakes are monumental.
This story is highly imaginative and deals with the proverbial conflict between good and evil from an original, unique perspective. I love to read about small heroes entrusted with impossible tasks, and Samuel and Jane are such heroes. This author imagines a conflict that is huge and succeeds in building it through the narrative, allowing its momentum to define the entertaining nature of the story. The action is plentiful, the emotions rising with the fear of what could happen to the races. The setting is an imaginary world filled with different races, a world that is similar to ours, and that is about to be fragmented by war. In exquisite prose and a compelling voice, Ania tells a gripping story in Balance of the 12.