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The World of Bestelions is the first book of the Chronicles of Castra series by R.J. Tolson. After getting kicked off the Crimson Syndicate, sixteen-year-old Jace Weatherbow is left with few options to survive and take care of his eleven-year-old sister Daisy. However, fate intervenes, and he gets his hands on a Castra, rare gems that can bond their wielders with a Bestelion - magical creatures with powerful abilities. But once the Crimson Syndicate gets word of it, he finds himself running for his life. He embarks on a quest to bond with the ferocious Great One, only to be bonded with an adorable and seemingly harmless Bestelion instead. Now, with Daisy being kidnapped by the Crimson Syndicate, Jace and his newfound friend Yvaine must prepare themselves for a final confrontation with the Crimson Syndicate. But are they ready?
If you grew up as a fan of games like Pokémon or Monster Sanctuary, you are going to find yourself right at home with The World of Bestelions. Fast-paced and action-packed, R.J. Tolson's young adult adventure novel transports readers to a magnificent world full of magic and wonder. This is a story about friendship, family, and loyalty. Jace is a tenacious young man on the cusp of adulthood who shoulders his responsibilities the best way he can. He is the ultimate underdog who will make you root for him. I had blast with this one, and so will readers who love well-built fantasy worlds.