Thursday, 10 March 2016

The Six and the Crystals of Ialana by Katlynn Brooke

Reviewer: JW Hicks

What we thought: An ideal first read for young adults attracted by the fantasy genre.

Fundamentally this novel is a Quest story. Three village boys, Jarah, Blaidd and Adain are forcibly conscripted into the army. Tristram, a young soldier press ganged some years before them, helps them escape. The escape is instigated by the onset of the mysterious dreams they all share. The dreams set them on a quest of discovery. Not only do they learn about reincarnation and their own past lives, but they gain astonishing information about the world they live in.

On their travels they meet three other dream guided teens, Djana, Kex and Tegan, and discover new things about themselves, some pleasing... some horribly disturbing and deeply troubling.

The questers viewing their past lives through dreams, learn that their deaths were brought about by treachery, that they were betrayed by one of their number; one of their brother questers.

Together and with some other-worldly help the companions must defeat an all-powerful enemy and prevent the cataclysmic destruction of their world.

This fast moving story is packed with peril and unexpected twists and turns... and magic, oodles and oodles of magic.

You’ll enjoy this if you like: The Beast Quest series and the works of Andre Norton and Terry Brooks

Avoid if you don’t like: Magic, mystery and psychic crystals.

Ideal accompaniments: For adults: A deckchair within sound of the sea and a tall glass of Pimm’s No 1. For teens: a flagon of Iron Bru, a family sized packet of Kettle Chips, and a comfy sofa.

Genre: Fantasy

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