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Finding Soul by TL Searle is the first book in The Darovit series. Jon Miller was rescued as a child by a mysterious girl that changed his life and remained in his dreams. When she returns years later, she sweeps him away into a world beyond everything he’s believed in and tells him that his safety is in jeopardy with the necklace he was gifted long ago no longer able to keep him safe. Jon travels with this mysterious girl and a trusted ally through the Otherworld where they encounter a variety of creatures such as vipers, witches, not-mermen, and toads, each of which grows more dangerous with each encounter.
This is a unique fantasy adventure that blends mythology and magic together through a fresh perspective that is rich in language and imagery. Jon’s journey has all the elements of a hero’s quest as he delves through this world of magic and danger where he’s able to discover more about his origins and learn the truth behind the secrets from his past. Jon’s destiny is at the heart of his journey and as they travel through the Otherworld, he discovers the full extent of his abilities as he struggles to adjust to this extraordinary and dangerous place. His journey is an emotional coming of age experience as he’s confronted with his past through the return of the mysterious girl that saved his life.
The character of Her is a mystery as she’s a vibrant and powerful figure whose very essence is magical and otherworldly. Her perspective in the story provides an opposite to Jon’s as he’s a young voice that is finding himself and going through a hero’s journey while Her’s gives a deeper look at the mythology of this amazing world TL Searle has created. Searle gives a delightful and unique twist on mythology with the inclusion of various creatures throughout including naja, witches, and mermen. The magic within the world is beautiful and unique in a way that pulls you in along with the characters. Finding Soul is a getaway adventure that takes you along for a thrilling and magical ride from start to finish.