Friday, April 27, 2012

X is for Xannu - The Prophecy by Paul Dorset review

Xannu - The Prophecy (The Southern Lands)
For fans of Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter and The Narnia Chronicles, the first installment in a thrilling epic fantasy series…

Would you wake up in a hot sweat if you lived your night’s dreams as a soldier battling un-earthly creatures, witnessing powerful magic and fighting to save your own life on a daily basis?


English schoolboy Terry West does. Frequently. After digging up some rune coins near a roman road, he has been living in another world inhabited by warlocks, seductresses, priests and prophecy. There Terry is a soldier, Teern Truthbringer, who has been tasked with finding the Xannu - 'he who will lead the people into deliverance.'

If only it wasn’t real; but it is. Very real. When it all began it was even enjoyable, but now Terry’s life is getting very complicated. Somehow he involved his best friend Joe and although it had seemed a good idea at the time, the consequences had been dire. Then there is Susan, the leggy sister of klutzy school-friend Brian. Why does she keep sending him messages?

Terry is struggling to balance the two lives he leads and every day he is losing his grip on reality just a little bit more. He’s been forced to kill enemies; his companion, the magical woman Maria, is scaring him half to death with her abilities; and his parents are on his back about his school work.

How will he balance the two lives he leads, solve two sets of problems, and understand the lessons he receives from both? Only time will tell. But time is something Terry doesn't have too much of, as everything is unfolding in ways he could never have imagined!

Book 1 of 'The Southern Lands' saga
“Listen to the teachings of a wise man. You may not understand all he says but you will surely have nourishment for the future. Be positive and plan for success. Failure to plan is to plan for failure. Worry not at what came before but only prepare yourselves for that which is ahead.” (Pika’Al 10:1-5, The Scriptures of Al’Zaneed)

5 stars

Xannu - The Prophecy (The Southern Lands) follows the young boy Terry (aka Teern) through both his lives.  In one he is a normal kid just trying to get through school and hanging out with his friend Joe.  In the other he is a soldier blessed with immortality by the Almighty until he finds and announces the Xannu.  As Terry he remembers all his adventures as Teern, but as Teern he has no memories of Terry.  At first everything is just a fun adventure, but when the two lives start to collide it becomes way more serious for Terry.  He starts to struggle through school and things take a nasty turn with his best friend Joe.  


This is a fairly complex story with a lot of characters and bridging two mostly separate realities.  However it was told in very understandable way with no confusion at all.  The characters are introduced at a good pace so you get to know all of them a little bit before moving on to the next.  I really prefer that style as opposed to a story where all the characters are introduced in a lump and then you have to sort them out yourself.  Paul Dorset also makes Terry and Joe very easy to relate to for young adults reading this book.  I could easily remember myself at that age and understood them very well.  The book also had a wonderful pace, it never got bogged down with extraneous details or dialogue.  I was kept entertained and did not want anything to interrupt my reading.  


This is a book that will make family reading time in my house for certain.  Wonderful job Mr Dorset. 


Other works by this author:
Xannu - The Prophecy (paperback)
Xannu - The Healing (The Southern Lands)
Fergus Fedderfeeny's Food Factory (Gwillville)
The 10 Hour Project Manager

I have also reviewed book 2 in The Souther Lands series Xannu - The Healing click here to see the review.  This is a repost of a review I did last year, but since the book has been redone and rereleased I thought a reminder would be a good idea, also it is hard to find things that start with "X" lol.

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