of the ancients’ power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage
of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities,
harbored in mankind’s deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils
awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. When a Catrin Volker, a teenage
horse trainer, inadvertently fulfills the prophecy of the destroyer, she
becomes the most feared and hunted person on all of Godsland. With the help of
her friends, she must convince the world that she wants only peace.
Catrin and her friends are from the poorer, working families, looked down upon by the wealthier students at the academy. A minor prank brings retribution from the bullies, and in her effort to protect her friends and herself, Catrin unleashes an incredible power that makes her a feared and hated outcast.
Rumours and superstition cast her as the prophesied Herald of Istra, and much to her dismay, her powers continue to develop. When their land is invaded by the people who legends say will be destroyed by the Herald, Catrin and her friends must leave behind all they love and flee. Hunted and terrorised, Catrin wavers between despair and confidence until at last she accepts that she is the Herald, and uses her power to destroy the attacking fleet, giving herself a chance to escape and, hopefully, discover more about her destiny.
The telling is rich with detail, sometimes a little to the detriment of pace, and some of the dialogue is a bit clunky, but overall the story draws you in and leaves you wanting to know more, while the characterisation is the crowning achievement. I almost felt I knew the people in this story as well as I know some of my friends.
I haven’t read the second book yet, but it is in my TBR list
her homeland behind, Catrin Volker goes in search of knowledge and peace,
unaware that she will face the greatest evil her world has ever known.
Brian Rathbone started out as a professional racehorse trainer, but
he later transformed himself into a network engineer, programmer, and,
more recently, rural broadband specialist. One thing that never changed
was Brian’s love of reading fantasy fiction. For years he would think of
story lines for his own stories as a way to keep from dreaming about
writing code. When the time came that Brian could concentrate on
writing, The World of Godsland became real.
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