Magic Thief of Gavalos

Fiction - Fantasy - General
400 Pages
Reviewed on 05/05/2015
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Author Biography

Author Barbara T. Cerny grew up in Grand Junction, Colorado, which at that time was a small town of 30,000 people. She left that little burg to see the world, garner three college degrees, and to serve in the US Army. After eight years on active duty and fourteen years in the reserves, she retired as a lieutenant colonel in 2007. While deployed to the Middle East in 2005, Ms. Cerny finally figured out she had to get going on the real love of her life, writing. She wrote her first two novels during that time and hasn’t stopped. She is presently working on novels number seven, eight, and nine. When not writing, Ms. Cerny works as an information technology specialist and supervisor for the US Air Force. She lives with her loving husband, their two active teenagers, and three needy cats. The cats patiently watch her write and listen to her intently as she discusses plot lines with them.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Melinda Hills for Readers' Favorite

Elise and Pierre Tonnelier, the Redeemer and her Consort, have put Amorgos behind them and are living the life of nobility in France with their two teenage children. Unfortunately, Elam and his best friend Chace are drawn to the armor and weapons of the Redeemer, especially the Sword of the Western Sun. In Magic Thief of Gavalos by Barbara T. Cerny, we follow the Tonneliers as the portal opens up and takes them all back to Amorgos where the children now have the responsibility of facing down Zeus and helping return the magic that has been lost. While Elam, Illieya and Chace face countless dangers and trials on Olympus, Elise and Pierre must help the survivors on Amorgos round up representatives of the other races that lost their magic – Centaurs, Minotaurs, Satyrs, and the like. There is a countdown to a special day when the oracle says the magic can return so there is a lot of work to do. Meanwhile, the children are rescued from the dungeon of Zeus and transported to the stronghold of the remaining Paladine Elves where they begin extensive training for battle with weapons and the use of magic. Just as on Amorgos, there is a deadline on Olympus for achieving their goals. Will the children of the Redeemer live up to the challenge as their parents had done or are they doomed by the power of Zeus?

Barbara T. Cerny has created a magical world that rivals that of Tolkien’s Middle Earth in Shield of the Palidine and its sequel, Magic Thief of Gavalos. With a concise summary of the first book as a prologue, you can easily get into the new story, whether you have read the previous one or not. Fantastic creatures, a difficult quest, soaring emotions and intense action keep you enthralled as you follow Elam, Illieya and Chace through torments and triumphs on an alien world. Thoroughly absorbing, Magic Thief of Gavalos is a book you can’t put down. The depth of the author's insight and the emotions portrayed are amazing!