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Reviewed by Sheena Monnin for Readers' Favorite
Becoming a Druid by Michael Mollman is a marvelous adventure story that takes a young druid apprentice far away from all he knows in search of the near-impossible. Written with fantastic detail, this book will leave the reader guessing time and again. The plot puts the main character front and center of many perils, bringing evil and questionable forces against him. Through it all, his character holds true to a quest given to him by the mentor he trusts. Despite overwhelming odds stacked against him, the main character Grahme persists toward his goal, growing in his skills and understanding of a druid’s role in the greater world. The themes of service, self-sacrifice, and respect for all living things ring true throughout the story.
Each part of Becoming a Druid by Michael Mollman is carefully thought through and planned. No detail has been overlooked in the craftsmanship of the plot, character development, and world-building of this story. The reader will be swept away by the enthusiasm and authenticity of the main character as he embarks upon his quest. As each challenge is brought into the story, the beliefs and rationale of the druids shine through, helping the main and supporting characters make decisions that will drastically impact themselves and the people they encounter. I appreciated the clever interweaving of fantasy, adventure, mystery, and intrigue within each chapter. The author’s pacing is admirable and will keep the reader engaged and looking forward to each adventure’s new twist. Not only will readers finish the book with an understanding of ancient druidic magical abilities, they just may find themselves wishing to be transported back in time to the world the author has created in this story.