Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Review of Zen's Heritage by Edward Larel

Zen's Heritage continues the story from Arawn's Quest. The adventure picks up from the perspective of Zen, an orphaned boy taken in and raised by the Wizard Diaden to be a mage in a world where a treaty with dangerous elemental beings forbids such learning. When the boy turned 14, Diaden brought him to find Arawn Segomo so they could both help the man on his quest to free his people from magical exile at the hands of the same elementals.

After a full year of travel, the group of heroes, which now also includes an elven mercenary named Katrina, have only one Gem of Power to show for their efforts. When Zen's mentor leaves him so he can learn how to survive on his own, Zen and his remaining friends will have to face powerful enemies after his gem and an unspeakable evil that hounds their every step. To top it off, the boy must also keep a secret related to his heritage from his remaining friends. A secret that, until now, he's been able to keep from the world for 15 years.

4 stars

Zen's Heritage is the second book in the Arawn's Quest series.  Picking up where the first book left off the group of adventurer's still strives to collect the power stones they need to complete the item that will return Arawn's people to the proper dimension.

This book really does a lot with the interplay between characters.  Zen has a secret that he has been keeping from the others and it becomes harder and harder for him to keep it.  There are also a few new races that get introduced in this story.  They add more depth to the world that the story takes place in and are pretty interesting.  The Elementals continue to be an issue causing more obstacles for the group while trying to stop them from completing their quest.

This series is developing at a good pace, balancing the action with the exploration of the world.  I'll be keeping an eye out for the rest of the series and the other offerings Ed has coming.

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