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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
Camnin was forced to do battle against his will by the Trisaders. After many years he saw the opportunity to flee and did. Twenty-one year old Camnin struggled to survive the desert. As the sun beat down on him he held tight to the amulet and longed for home. His last thoughts before unconsciousness overtook him was of his mom and dad and the time they gave him the amulet; it was a rich, almost orange, color. They told him it was bronzium and found in the Argalast Mountains. He was a mere seven years old at the time. When he regained consciousness a beautiful young woman was with him and he assumed she was a goddess. Cephiri touched him and healing power flowed from her. When he was stronger she took him to Eledock, one of the Judges. The wise man learned the secret of the amulet and Camnin’s unusual gift for knowing the memories of others through his dreams. However, he does not share any of it with Camnin, recognizing that Camnin must discover the truths for himself. The general of the Trisaders destroyed all in their path, determined to find the keeper of the amulet, fearing the prophecy will come true.
Brian del Rio offers readers an exciting adventure in his book "Secrets of the Amulet". He managed to successfully combine action, adventure, romance, fantasy, and sci fi in the same plot so that this book will appeal to a broad group of readers. The romance between Camnin and Cephiri was touching. I loved watching it develop. Del Rio managed to capture pure evil in some of his characters. It was a pleasure to dislike them and to see their demise. This is the first book in a new series. I look forward to reading the next installment.