The Cydarions

Fiction - Fantasy - General
314 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2024
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Reviewed by Alma Boucher for Readers' Favorite

In The Cydarions, a fantasy novel by Adrian Cox, God bestowed powers upon a group of loyal followers, creating the Cydarions. The Cydarions traveled the world to defeat and exterminate evil, created the brotherhood, and devoted their lives to serving God. Jodrell had a strong feeling that the Cydarions—himself, Xania, Nyk, and Pace—had been called, so he asked Xania to wake everyone up. The group was led through a sequence of adventures to find the evil that needed to be destroyed by the use of a portal and the Calling. The group traveled to the planet Asto, where they met Beau Dary, who guided them to Talistown, the capital. Immediately after their journey started, the group's dynamics were completely impacted, and they had to make adjustments.

Adrian Cox has created a universe with intricate characters that captivated me from the beginning, and they made for a genuinely immersive reading experience. Each chapter in The Cydarions began with a picture of the character being introduced, and the character's background was described in detail. The plot developed with every new chapter and was action-packed. The story moved quickly along, thanks to the enduring mystery and fascination that persisted throughout. There were several intriguing subplots, with many characters interacting. This book is a page-turner, and I found it hard to put it down. Throughout the story, there were recurring themes of acceptance, identity, and fate. The story was masterfully written and exceeded my expectations. It is an engaging read that I recommend to fans of fantasy and adventure.

K.C. Finn

The Cydarions is a work of fiction in the sci-fi and fantasy, magical realism, and coming-of-age subgenres. The work is suitable for mature teen and adult readers and contains moderate instances of violence and strong language. Penned by author Adrian Cox, the story follows a group of dedicated warriors known as the Cydarions. They fight to preserve their way of life against Lucifer's offspring, who wreak havoc on interplanetary worlds, causing chaos and corruption. From their hidden citadel on the remote planet of El’ Azar, the Cydarions embark on a series of adventures, traversing unknown lands filled with mystery and danger. As they face off against the ultimate evil, they must rely on their faith, training, and wits to stay alive. However, when they are outmaneuvered by the cunning devil's offspring, the group dynamic is affected, leading to personal challenges and inner turmoil. Xania questions her identity after encountering a bounty hunter, Nyk loses his faith, and Shearon uncovers the gruesome history of their home world.

Author Adrian Cox has crafted a superb work of action-packed fantasy excellence that builds tension and suspense throughout the narrative, keeping readers engaged with a fast-paced plot and well-developed characters. The struggles faced by the Cydarions resonate on a deep level as they grapple with personal dilemmas and external threats while striving to uphold their values of justice and peace. This is conveyed in gorgeous atmospheric descriptions, which match the mood of the close narration skills and sharp, dynamic dialogue between the central trio. The exploration of faith, identity, and sacrifice is well-balanced and bubbles along nicely to underpin the action without ever slowing it down, making for a gripping adventure that’s also a thought-provoking exploration of moral and existential themes. Overall, The Cydarions is a highly recommended read for fans of thrilling and immersive experiences into richly imagined worlds of interplanetary conflict and heroism.

Keith Mbuya

The Cydarions, a select group of devout followers dedicated to God’s cause, are busy on their quest to safeguard the world from evil when they land on the planet Asto. They meet Beau Darry, a supposed broker on Asto. It being a strange and dangerous planet, Beau offers to guide the Cydarions around Asto as they go about purging and banishing demons. However, as the group is leaving the planet through one of their portals, after a successful purging exercise, Jodrell L’Stax, their oldest member, fails to exit Asto. Unknown to them, Beau was working with the League of Bounty Hunters and there was a bounty on Jodrell’s head. The Cydarions had walked right into Beau’s trap. The Cydarions must work together and find Jodrell before Beau can hand him over to the League of Bounty Hunters. Grab Adrian Cox’s The Cydarions to discover more.

Lovers of young adult science fiction with a touch of fantasy will be hooked on The Cydarions, flipping the pages from cover to cover. Weaving an intriguing plot, Cox whisked me away from reality and into a world of epic imagination. There is suspense, action, adventure, thrills, humor, spell-binding plot twists, and so much more. The vivid depictions had me feeling like I was right in the middle of all the action, closely watching the scenes unfold. The author brings out the cast’s traits and emotions, making it easy to connect and empathize with them. Albeit different in every way and with interesting pasts, the Cydarions are a diverse and exciting group united by one goal; protecting the world from evil. I particularly loved the duo of Nyk Cepler and Pace Conor. Their lively conversations, endless banter, and their knack for mischief always made for hilarious scenes.

Frank Mutuma

In The Cydarions by Adrian Cox, the interplanetary world has undergone so much change with desolation, enslavement, and chaos. God, with his goodness, cannot let Lucifer succeed, and that's why Bey Norcia is selected, and the Cydarions are formed to fight this evil. Xania is the newest member of the Cydarions. On a planet called Asto, the Cydarions meet Beau, who offers to lead them. This is something they agree to as the Calling cannot direct them accordingly because it is being affected, possibly by the dome surrounding the cities. Asto had been destroyed when the process of eliminating the nuclear power plant went wrong. Can Beau be trusted? And how will things turn out when Jodrell, the master of the Cydarions, is abducted and delivered to Azazel?

The Cydarions by Adrian Cox is a unique, wonderfully written book with enough suspense that kept me on my toes and looking forward to subsequent chapters. The themes captured my attention. For example, the destruction of planet Asto due to incompetence and negligence and the use of genetically engineered food that looks good but tastes bad got me thinking about the current advancements in technology that are being used to help humanity but could pose an existential threat. The subtle nature in which various issues are approached makes the book very effective in conveying the intended messages without alienating anyone. The characters were well-developed, and the steady narration added to the overall readability. I am looking forward to reading more books by this author.

Courtnee Turner Hoyle

The Cydarions by Adrian Cox is a story about the age-old battle between good and evil. After God was tired of witnessing the harm caused by Lucifer's offspring, He chose Bey Norcia to receive His divine messages. The group following Norcia was known as the Cydarions, a band of devout individuals who traveled to different worlds to stamp out Lucifer's influence. The plot focuses on a particular group of Cydarions, with Jodrell as their leader. He guides Nyk, Pace, Shearon, Drake, and Xania - with some help from Phos - as they try to destroy the influence of Lucifer's offspring. Once Jodrell is kidnapped, though, the group vows to rescue him, even if they have to face Lucifer himself.

Adrian Cox gives his readers a glimpse into the lives of a particular band of the Cydarions and how they came together. He details incidents that put the readers in the mindset of a beloved George Lucas franchise, and similarly Nyk reminded me of Han Solo. The idea of beings battling the forces of evil is appealing, and I liked the use of familiar labels for evil, demons, and the devil employed as the names of Lucifer's progeny. The artwork is beautiful, but what readers don't get from the drawings, they will understand from Cox's vivid and in-depth descriptions. Readers will feel like they know each member of the Cydarions well and will share in their successes and sadness. The Cydarions is a great selection for readers who enjoy detailed fantasy worlds and spiritual battles.