Lumen and the Lost Luxem

Young Adult - Fantasy - General
436 Pages
Reviewed on 07/27/2020
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Author Biography

I am from sunny San Diego, California. I have been creating stories since I was a young boy, starting with comics that I would attempt to create with my horrific drawing skills. My stories are an attempt to personify real world problems. Wrigley, my dog pictured, is featured in the Lumen series.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite

Lumen and the Lost Luxem is a second book in the Lumen series by E.J. Wozniak. Lumen was finally becoming a little more confident in his abilities as an Eague. While water bending was not easy, he was getting better at controlling water one day at a time. He was excited to learn more, but that all changed when he arrived for the new lesson. Nobody was there and soon Lumen found out what had happened. Someone had tampered with the teleportation system of Bonumalus. Anyone who wished to come to Bonumalus was transported to somewhere dangerous and strange. No one can go home until this issue is resolved, but Lumen and his friends cannot sit back and let it all happen in front of their eyes. If they ever wish to go home, they will have to find out who is messing with their transportation systems. But how could it be? Can Lumen and his friends take on an enemy that is far more powerful than them?

Lumen and the Lost Luxem was an incredible journey. As a fan of the Harry Potter series, this book blew me away with its intricate plot and smartly woven characters. Lumen was unique yet such a universal character. He was young yet he had the maturity of someone far older. I enjoyed how observant he was. He thought before taking any step and he counseled with his friends, which is something so rare in young adult fiction. His water-bending abilities improved as the story progressed because he pushed himself to make that improvement. He is not bearing the burden of the world on his shoulder alone. He had a group of friends who shared the burden with him and worked with him as a team. E.J. Wozniak handled the suspense well and allowed Lumen to develop fully before the story reached its climax. Lumen’s arc was surprisingly well-crafted, it was extraordinarily normal and very human. This YA epic fantasy will be loved by readers of all ages. Absolutely brilliant.

Astrid M. Arzu

In E.J. Wozniak's Lumen and the Lost Luxem, the protagonist is 16-year-old Lumen, who was born with the ability to command the element of water. Along the way, he discovers that he can command other elements too. He attends a school for kids with elemental abilities, which is located in a different world, in another dimension, where inhabitants help control the elements on Earth so the weather can remain in balance. In this second part of Lumen’s story, he is back at school from vacation. But all the other students have not been able to return as he did because of a potentially deadly disruption in their traveling system using portals or “lights.” Taking big risks, Lumen and his friends set up to discover why these disruptions are happening, and who could be behind them. But the answers could possibly pose a life-shattering revelation for Lumen.

Well written, E.J. Wozniak's Lumen and the Lost Luxem delivers an enjoyable story of a teenager who, despite all his insecurities and anxieties, slowly starts understanding the elemental power that he really has. He is on a path to use his powers for good, and with his knack for solving puzzles, he greatly contributes to solving the problems at hand. The pace of this story is good, sometimes slower and sometimes faster, and the characters that appear in it have enough depth and credibility. This is a story of personal growth and change amidst the typical challenging issues of teenhood, but with magical elements and settings that make it fun to read. This is an enjoyable and wholesome read.

K.C. Finn

Lumen and the Lost Luxem is a work of fiction in the fantasy, magical adventure and action sub-genres, and was penned by author E. J. Wozniak. Continuing the adventure from the previous novel in the Lumen series, this highly engaging work is written for young adults and features the young hero Lumen, who is now taking up a place of education in the new world he has discovered. Put into the Eauge caste, Lumen and his fellow students begin challenging magical trials, but little do they know there is a plot afoot to bring back a much greater evil, one which will threaten all worlds to get what it needs.

Author E. J. Wozniak has crafted a superb fantasy novel that is both highly engrossing and imaginative, and will surely allow young readers to dive headfirst into this immersive magical world. The elemental caste system for the magic users gives some structure and solidarity to the work, and the wider worldbuilding around these concepts is incorporated nicely into the world as the story goes on rather than being too overwhelming at the start. I particularly enjoyed the development of different characters, especially Lumen’s schoolfellows, and even the villains in this piece have interesting and relatable motivations rather than just being cardboard cut out or stereotypical figures. Overall, this makes Lumen and the Lost Luxem a very engaging fantasy novel, one which is sure to delight fans of the existing series, but also new readers who want to delve into a lavish and exciting new world.