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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite
Maverick's Endeavors: Journey to the Alumia is a young adult epic fantasy novel by Christine Finch and Janay McTigue. Sixteen-year-old Maverick does not consider himself a warrior, much to the chagrin of his father, Dran. While trying to retrieve medicinal leaves for his ailing grandfather from the Alumia tree in Deep Haven, he finds himself captured by Ferorian warriors who are currently in the midst of an ongoing war with Bubbalyons such as Maverick. To make matters worse, Maverick, alongside Dran and three Ferorian warriors, is sent on a dangerous quest to the Forbidden Mountains by King Treant to locate another Alumia tree. As the little group sets off on the perilous journey, they must overcome infighting, monstrous creatures, and betrayal to reach their destination. Along the way, Maverick discovers a whole new world where things are never as they seem.
Maverick's Endeavors: Journey to the Alumia is a stellar start to what promises to be an enthralling epic fantasy series. Authors Christine Finch and Janay McTigue craft a sprawling world for readers to immerse themselves in that will light a fire in their imaginations, leaving them craving for more. This is a coming-of-age story as much as it is an epic fantasy novel. Maverick's development from a well-meaning yet naive young man to someone others look up to was seamlessly done and felt very compelling to read. I particularly enjoyed his dynamic with Vonya. Their constant back and forth and banter made for some humorous and entertaining scenes. I recommend it to young adult fantasy fans.