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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Twenty-two-year-old Axel Hallman has been accepted into Eagle King’s Academy (EKA), a prestigious institution that turns ordinary students into powerful global leaders through its leadership course. Axel’s reluctance to be in the academy and his contradicting views about leadership values make his time in EKA even tougher, despite the luxurious learning environment that EKA provides. To make matters worse, a mysterious group of people used Axel as their tool against EKA. Axel also finds out about Sarah Wangai, a student of the academy who disappeared 12 years ago, who shared Alex’s sentiments about EKA.
The Academy: Making of a Ruler (The Eagle King's Academy, Book 1) by C.C. Monö delves deep into the subject of power and leadership. EKA is as impressive as it is sinister. It seems the students have to surrender their privacy and isolate themselves in exchange for being in an institution that will grant them extraordinary leadership skills. Several of EKA’s techs are impressive, particularly the Speechomat. The characters are well developed and memorable. Professor Jackson is quite a character. The words 'tyranny' and 'obsession' materialized in my mind whenever he appeared on the pages. On the other hand, Axel and his past counterpart, Sarah, are easy to empathize with. I also gravitated towards Nicole Swan, a liaison of EKA that might or might not be able to help Axel in surviving the academy.
The succinct narrative smoothly switches back and forth between the past and the present, making the imaginative and fast-paced plot even swifter at times. The Academy: Making of a Ruler touches on heavy subject matter but is not too difficult to contemplate. There’s also an element of well-timed humor so the story is not entirely solemn. Thought-provoking, interesting and entertaining, this is a great read from C.C. Monö and I look forward to the sequel.