Reviewed by Michelle Randall for Readers' Favorite
For centuries two worlds have existed in peace and harmony. The world of magic is a crystal city that floats high above the planet. Down below the common folk, who have no idea that the crystal city really exists, believe it to be a myth. In the crystal city there are two forms of magic, the light and the dark, and they have struck an easy balance and rule together for the good of both worlds. Tracy Lane brings us into this world and introduces us to a young squire who is duty-bound to obey his master, no matter what he asks of him. The problem is that his master is a greedy, power-hungry dark mage who wants all the power for himself and cares for no one else. He orders his squire, Kayne, to steal a powerful artifact which he must do, but he cannot fully comply with his master. He breaks his duty by hiding the artifact instead of giving it to his master. Entwined Courage is the ensuing story of Kayne's struggle to right the wrong he did by obeying his master and to protect a young girl, Aurora, who he involved in this plot without thinking.
Tracy Lane does a wonderful job of describing the characters so vividly that you can imagine the evil in the eyes of Kronos and the compassion in the eyes of Iragos. Just the name Kronos marks this character as a bad guy. From the first time you meet Kayne, you can tell he is nothing like his master. This dichotomy draws you in and has to be explored. Two paragraphs in and you are completely hooked. Without knowing anything more than the first impressions of Kronos and Kayne, you feel compelled to keep reading just to discover what makes them different, yet master and squire. Along with the story of righting his master's wrong, there is another story. This one involves Aurora's misguided belief in what the mages really do. She has an inherent fear of the mages, and you want to understand why - she seems good so why wouldn't she like the mages? As they work to right the wrong, Aurora must also grow up and figure out what she really believes about the mages and where her place in the two worlds really is. This is a wonderful, gripping read for fantasy fans.