Reviewed by Eduardo Aduna for Readers' Favorite
Set in a world where the practice of magic has been rendered a violation, Kalin, a young man trying to suppress his magical talents, runs away to find a life for himself. His journey inadvertently ends up setting him on a collision course with a mighty warlock hellbent on revenge. With the help of new-found friends, and previously untapped powers, Kalin must find a way to defeat Myriad, the last living universal.
Mona Hanna has created one of the most lovingly crafted young adult fantasy novels I have ever read. The degree of attention to detail is extraordinary. From start to finish, there are no gaps in narration, no lack of coherence and no significant deviations from the storyline. Each chapter is an example of how to write a fast-paced yet concise scene. The quality of her prose is so fluid that each scene melds with the next. Her characters are multi-faceted individuals, humans, albeit powerful, who are working through their own individual angst. I found myself rooting for Kalin, empathizing with his struggle to find his place in a world that rejects his talents. And reading about his relationship with Regina brought me back to that bursting emotion felt when one first falls in love. The conflicts, the twists and the ending may seem a bit traditional but Miss Hanna's writing manages to captivate from beginning to end. Reading the novel made me feel like a young child again, sitting around the campfire, mesmerized by an expert storyteller's talent for making words a reality. Given the strength of this first book, I expect great things from the rest of the novellas in Mona Hanna's Prentor series.