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Reviewed by Stephen Fisher for Readers' Favorite
Sentinel by Jamie Foley is a fantasy story that begins with Darien and his older sister, Tera, after their car had just been hit by a meteor during a meteor shower that has caused widespread damage. Tera’s arm is badly injured, so Darien calls 911, only to be mocked by the operator. By chance, along comes Levi Emberhawk, who just happens to be a grand master from the nearby Serran Academy; rumored to be a school that teaches black magic. Levi convinces them to let him take Tera to the school to get her arm healed, and afterwards he diverts a meteor before it crashes into them. Once there, they meet Aliah Valinor who is skilled in the healing arts. Aliah’s older brother, Jet, hears Darien’s thoughts about his sister and attacks Darien by trapping his mind in the Abyss with a crazed Minotaur. Afterwards, Levi convinces Jet to pay for Darien’s tuition and they are allowed to attend the academy. As Tera and Darien begin learning about their powers, the school is attacked by soldiers. During the slaughter, Darien and his new friends escape to safety with the help of Jet. They are taken to hide out at his family’s home in Valinor, while they search for answers as to whom and why they were attacked.
Ms. Foley does a great job of capturing readers’ attention and holding it prisoner throughout the book. She has created a world that combines spiritual powers or magic with other talents associated with E.S.P. What immediately got my attention was Jamie’s dialog, written with sarcastic wit that had me chuckling out loud throughout the book. Combined with lots of action and suspense, Sentinel is the first book in The Sentinel Trilogy that is brilliantly written, and succeeds on all levels with me. I look forward enthusiastically to the next book. Well done!