Reviewed by Teresa Syms for Readers' Favorite
Cristobal was a newborn when he was abandoned at the orphanage. As he grew up, he knew he was different, but it wasn’t until his thirteenth birthday, when he received a mysterious letter informing him that he is a wizard, that his true journey begins. Cristobal was born with the Mark of Yggdrasil. Because of his mark, he becomes a target for the UMANA, The United Magical And Non-Magical Alliance. Cristobal soon learns he can never return to Father John and his old life. With help, he embarks on an adventure to discover the truth behind the seven-centuries-old peace treaty signed by the Viking wizard warriors who helped to discover the new world. Author Anthony A Valleriani opens a new world to Cristobal and his friends. If Cristobal survives, he will discover the truth behind the Viking wizards and himself.
Cristobal by Anthony A Valleriani is a captivating and well-paced novel from beginning to end. The reader is instantly drawn into the story of Cristobal and how isolated he feels while growing up in the orphanage. He is marked as ‘different and strange’ by the other boys, not to mention the unusual birth mark on his arm. The author draws the reader into Cristobal’s world of isolation, but the reader is soon transported into the wizarding world of magic, ancient peace treaties and Vikings. The reader will find themselves cheering on the successes of Cristobal and his companions as they venture forth to learn the truth behind the UMANA, the disappearing wizarding children, and ancient prophecies. Will Cristobal survive? You need to read this entertaining book to find out.