For Tommy Nelson, that day was notable because he didn’t have to go to school for a week.
When people experienced a new power and went insane, Tommy didn’t care. No one Tommy knew lashed out, burned their family alive, or destroyed an entire building. When the government crackdown happened and squads of men came to Tommy’s school looking for “mages,” several of Tommy’s classmates were escorted away, never to be seen again. Tommy was safe; he was tested every year at school.
But Tommy wasn’t safe. His power was dormant and forced to emerge. Tommy was driven into hiding, away from his family, in a new world of dark and light magic and he must quickly learn to control his new powers, and figure out who to trust.
Tommy, the protagonist in the story, is a likeable, relatable, yet imperfect character that matures
throughout the course of the book as he learns about this new world of magic that he has unwittingly been thrown into.
This was an enjoyable book to read for me and I am now enjoying reading it a second time with my daughter. The book has a lot of personal responsibility themes throughout the book that have been great conversation starters with my child.
YA fantasy is my favorite genre to read for pleasure. I would put this at the top of my list of recommendations for others who are fans of the genre. The author has an exciting story line that will have you hooked by the first chapter and leave you wishing the next book was available...like right now!