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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite
Keys of the Origin by Melissa A. Joy is book one of The Scions of Balance series. It follows two very different men, Zehn and Larkh, one law abiding and dedicated to the people, and the other, a thief with a code. But they share one thing in common, they have to face an ancient prophecy that foretells the awakening of an evil sorceress. The future of Aeldynn depends on them to return the lands to a state of balance. With the Nays awaking after thousands of years, everything is changing, and everyone has to choose a side.
Real and honest characters with a fantasy setting, Keys of the Origin is creative, addictive, the kind of novel you want to devour. Melissa A. Joy provides a detailed story rich with history and lore, a real literary gem full of life. There's a large array of characters, but Joy balances their stories and voices neatly and pieces them all together in a complete circle. They're in a fantastical setting, but they're easy to relate to and have daily lives and struggles. The story is very detailed and organized, from the character backgrounds to the magic and history of the world. It's exactly what you want to find in a high fantasy novel. The sections of lore were a great touch, and added charm to the story. Once you start reading, it's hard to put down. I couldn't get enough of the world that Joy created. A must-read for any fantasy lover!