About the book:
With his twenty-first birthday, Hyam begins a journey that will lead him to his destiny--or his doom.
Hyam has always shown a remarkable ability to master languages, even those left unspoken for a thousand years. But now the shadow of suspicion that was cast upon him as a child prodigy at Long Hall is lengthening, and he must keep his identity hidden--or face annihilation.
As Hyam's mother slips toward death, she implores him to return to Long Hall before he settles down to farm his land. This journey born from duty becomes an impassioned quest for the truth. War is coming swiftly, and Hyam must rely upon his newfound powers and the friends he meets along the way in order to unravel the puzzling past and ensure that he--and the realm--will have a future.
In a world where magic has been outlawed for centuries, one young man discovers that he possesses powers beyond his wildest dreams.
But he does not realize how pivotal this gift will be in the days to come.
Except for the healing arts, magicking is a punishable offense in the realm. The only places it is still practiced are the Long Halls scattered throughout the land--isolated haunts of wizards called mages and their long-suffering students.
But hidden rivers of power course deep beneath the earth, and not everyone has obeyed the edict banning magic. Vixens lie in wait on the Galwyn road. A mysterious race of telepaths comes and goes invisibly. It is even rumored that Elves still hide among the wizened trees. And somewhere beyond the badlands, a growing menace threatens the hard-won peace of the realm.
This young man could stem the ominous tide . . . but only by turning away from everyone and everything he has ever known. And facing dangers he cannot fathom.
This story caught my attention from the beginning, but I ended up getting bogged down in too much description and not enough character development. There were some scenes of excitement and action, but mostly it seemed like he was going from place to place with descriptions of the areas and his daily journey. I liked Hyam, Joelle and Trace, but I didn't feel like I got to know them very well. I haven't read many fantasy type stories, so it could be that this is what they're normally like. It's also book one, so there may be more development coming in the next one. There was a bit of romance and a lot of magic. There isn't anything about faith, but more of good vs. evil. Others who like fantasy might like it, but I ended up having a hard time getting through it.
I received a free copy of this book from Revell in exchange for an honest review.