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Reviewed by J. Aislynn d'Merricksson for Readers' Favorite
Ian Rupe’s Unsung Heroes really drew me in once I reached the dialogue. It was the cover that first caught my attention. A real 'Oooh, shiny!' moment. The story begins with a mysterious man named Tribe who is seeking employment at a school for troubled boys. However, Tribe and the school itself are far more than they first appear. The school houses an ancient and corrupting darkness and Tribe has come to fight this darkness. To this end, he has sought out a young woman named Teagan to help him. Teagan is a sensitive person, an empath in the extreme. She works to heal violence and the scars it leaves behind, yet the work and the sheer weight of violence and hatred in the world leave their own wounds on Teagan's soul. Like Tribe, there is a bit more to Teagan than meets the eye, and there is steel beneath the gentleness. Together, Tribe and Teagan work against the threatening darkness, facing their fair amount of personal and interpersonal challenges.
I loved the dialogue and the interplay between the characters. Once you get into the meat of the story, the character and world building really take off. Teagan’s journey of development is a great one. I also really loved the chapter titles. Very creative! Unsung Heroes is a good beginning to what seems to be a promising series. As a first novel, there is certainly room to grow. I look forward to seeing Rupe grow as a writer, and will certainly be on the lookout for the next in this series. Overall, the story was marvellous.