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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
"Kaylen's Rising" ('Tomes of Taria, Book 1') is an exciting adventure tale for children and young adults. Kaylen is a cave elf who has been sheltered by his parents and kept away from society. He spends his days tending the flowers and other plants that his parents grow in their garden and sell in their store. When he is finally allowed to go to school, Kaylen is amazed to discover that the school is a military academy and that the cave elves are at war. He is frustrated and upset to learn that he will not be learning military, wizard or craftsman skills to help participate in this war against humans. His parents have given instructions that he is to learn music instead. His music teacher decides to help Kaylen out, however, and tests him for magical skills. He is amazed to discover that Kaylen is a summoner, a rare and powerful type of wizard.
In this first book in the 'Tomes of Taria' series, Yves Robichaud creates a vivid and exciting world filled with dragons, wild and exotic animals and even a clan of vampires. Kaylen, his friend Turin and the other new recruits are resourceful in meeting these foes and fulfilling the quests they are assigned. I enjoyed this book and found myself reluctant to stop reading until I reached the end. Kaylen is an appealing hero, and it is fun to watch him grow and learn how to harness and refine his summoning powers. His friends and teammates are fully developed characters as well and the way they all work together in "Kaylen's Rising" makes me think the following books in this series will also be every bit as enjoyable as this one is.