Rating: 4 stars
The author, Natasha Sapienza, provided me with an eBook copy. This in no way effects my rating or opinions of the book.
“An age shall return when voices rage and fists strike against all authority. Restless souls stir unrest, and quivering kingdoms will collapse. Only in one does Zephoris’ hope reside. But the banished shall send savage shifters to hunt the one’s life, and if six do not rise to protect him, all will be destroyed.”
Prodigy Prince is the first book in ‘The Seven Covenant’ series. The Supreme Palace is not safe anymore. Nifal, The Supreme King, sends his second son, Nuelle, to the Academy, where he founds The Acumen written by his father to guide him through his journey to save Zephoris. Nuelle’s fate is tied to the Acumen which if destroyed will end his life too. As the prophecies mentioned in The Acumen come to pass, Nuelle must gather five sentinels who are ready to sacrifice their lives for him. The sixth will eventually join them. Together they will be the Seven Sentinels. They should succeed in the test of wit, skill and strength to be chosen as a sentinel. They should journey to the Obsidian to defeat Antikai. Before, Nuelle could lead the faithful to the land of Incandescia, he must retrieve the Crystal Sword from where it is hidden.
The savage shifters, Antikai’s allies are on their trail throughout the journey. They havoc chaos and render their journey difficult. Hence they are forced to part ways. Nuelle journey with Surta, Riff and Javin to the Obsidian while Ave, Elisena and Sophana journey to find Vyden who is aware of The Sword’s whereabouts. Will they find the sword? Will they make it out of the Obsidian alive?
The only issue I had with the book was its characterization. I enjoy reading detailed background stories of characters. I was unable to grasp the source of their powers and how their powers worked especially Surta’s and Elisena’s. However, considering this is the first book in the series, I’ll ignore it for now. Then again, every book has its flaws.
I didn’t miss the character development though. From untrained prodigies to sentinels and eventually best friends.
“If you’re not willing to give your life for a friend, then you’re not a true companion.”
The writing style is simple, poetic and beautiful and the story is fast paced and action packed throughout. I found the world building intricate, the world being divided into seven tribes, each having a different race of people. The difference ranging from different eye colour to skin colours and powers.
I also searched the internet for creatures mentioned in the book, to ensure whether they belonged to a certain Mythology. But to my surprise I found nothing. I suppose I’m not wrong to assume the author really created these creatures and I appreciate her for her incredible work and imagination.
Without giving away too much I’d say, the story is intriguing in its own way and it will leave you craving for the second book as soon as you finish reading it. Needless to say, I enjoyed the book immensely and I definitely recommend it to all fantasy readers.
“What is hidden in darkness shall come to light eventually.”
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