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Reviewed by Anne-Marie Reynolds for Readers' Favorite
Rise of the Savior: Acolyte of Truth by Antoine Bonner is an urban fantasy novel. Amanda is 18, and all she wants is to get out of her small town and go to college. She wants to compete in karate and, most of all, she wants to understand her 6-year-old sister, a strange, precocious child. What she didn’t want was to be chosen by an ancient deity. What she didn’t want was to become the Acolyte of Truth but she can't stop it from happening. Surviving a car accident, Amanda suddenly has powers she never dreamed possible – pulling weapons out of nowhere and knowing when she is being lied to. It gets worse; now she is expected to use those powers to protect the world and her first job is to defeat an Acolyte of Death. Plunged into a world she never even knew existed, Amanda rises to the challenge to become her destiny and save the world.
Rise of the Savior: Acolyte of Truth by Antoine Bonner is the prequel to Rise of the Hearts but can also be read as a standalone. It’s an interesting tale, a unique concept, and an entertaining read, one of those books that you can’t put down once you start reading. It has plenty of action and a great plot, one you can easily follow and get involved in. It’s the kind of story you can totally see as a Japanese anime-type story – you’ll need to imagine the picture, but that won’t be hard. The characters are well-developed, especially our main protagonist, a very strong female lead that you won’t forget in a hurry. I’ll be reading the first novel in the main series. If it’s anything like this one, it will be a good series by an author who knows how to draw his readers in and keep them interested to the very end. Perfect for fans of urban fantasy.