Tuesday, June 4, 2013

{Review} The Lost Heir by Andi O'Connor

The Lost Heir (The Dragonath Chronicles, #1)
*Received a free copy in exchange for an honest review

Always a meticulous planner, Darrak Hunter leads a dull life until his dreams become plagued with visions of a peculiar and distant world. Waking up to a brilliant purple sun looming ominously in the sky, Darrak is met by a mysterious violet-eyed sorcerer who whisks him away from the struggling Earth.

Thrown into the clutches of a foreign world where magic is reality and not all is as it seems, Darrak embarks on a journey where he is forced to come to terms with his past and do what he can to shape the future. Accompanied by a talented swordswoman, a prince, and a beautiful young sorceress, he must overcome cunning plots of treachery and betrayal to discover the strength to stand against a destructive black magic and an enemy who is a master at deception.
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My Review:

Darrak thought he led a normal life, but then the sun and clouds turned violet. Then a mysterious man shows up and tells him that he has magic and that the only way to save earth was to travel to a far away land and learn how to use his powers.  But when Darrak arrives in Mystandia he get's a lot more than he bargained for as the truth of his past is revealed and he is forced to come to terms with what it all means. 

The Lost Heir is a mix of new school and old school, giving you the feeling of traveling back to a time of kings and queens, a time when things were more simple and less complicated by technology. As the story begins we are treated to both worlds and once earth is under attack we are delivered to a time when sorcerer's ruled the lands. 

Once Darrak reaches Mystandia things unfold rather quickly. In fact there is so much going on in this story, that at times I found it hard to keep it all straight. Upon Darrak's arrival things in Mystandia quickly become dire as the kingdom is betrayed and put in mortal danger. Now both earth and Mystandia rest on Darrak's shoulders. And the only way to save the kingdom of Mystandia is with magic, magic that Darrak has only just begun to learn and grasp. 

The Lost Heir is definitely a story full of magic and I love the way that Andi O'Connor portrays magic in this book. Magic rules the kingdom, it is not hidden, but treasured and respected. In Andi O'Connor's world magic is wielded with the use of a kraylock, a marble boulder that reacts to the magic within the person. But there are those few sorcerer's or sorceresses that can wield magic without the use of the kraylock and are deemed more powerful than all others. In The Lost Heir there are many different layers of magic, limits and capabilities. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the world that Andi O'Connor created in this story, it truly made me feel like I had traveled to another land. I for one would love to see a violet sky! The only real problem I had with the story was the fact that I found it hard to believe that the one who betrayed Mystandia could have a change of heart so easily. The betrayal of Mystandia is something that obviously took years of planning and is the work of someone truly evil I don't see how one simple act could make them change their mind and regret everything they had done. Although I do think that this person is getting what they deserved. (You have to read it to really understand what I am talking about, I would tell you, but then that would ruin it!)

The Lost Heir is full of magic, creative worlds, action, adventure and will leave you on the edge of your seat as Andi O'Connor definitely left us with an ending that makes you thirst for more! I know I kept touching the screen on my kindle in hopes that more pages would appear! One thing is for certain, I will definitely be tuning in to future stories of Dragonath! 

"You are a man of great character, Darrak. I konw that there is a way to save your people, you will find it." (kindle, loc. 6103). 

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