Thank you to Christian Sterling for giving me a free ARC in exchange for an honest review!
✦ SYNOPSIS ✦
We know him well. Ever-flowing wisdom. Concealed power. A white beard and a proclivity for mentoring chosen ones. In so many stories, we find ourselves enamored with a kindly wizard guiding our protagonist, curious to his roots, source of power, and hidden knowledge. This is that wizard’s story.
Falin is only twenty years of age, and with nine-hundred eighty years to explore the world, he is eager to begin his quest for the Gems of Elsana. As one of ten wizard’s acting as peacekeepers to their land, Falin must first embark on a journey to gather the Gems, four jewels that provide wizards with their full power. Once a century, a wizard sets out on their quest, accompanied by four Champions from each kingdom within the The Crown of Elsana. Falin considers himself lucky, joined by a sage healer, elven assassin, drakkish warrior, and mandorian prince. All seems well until the elder wizards reveal they expect Falin’s quest will take them into the Wildbarrens, a desolate and horrid land teeming with creatures of the Dark. Given the circumstances – and to the chagrin of Falin’s honorable Champions – the group is accompanied by an unscrupulous pair of outlaws claimed to have traveled through the Wildbarrens. In their expedition, they come across friends and foes, countless landscapes, all while uncovering a sinister plot threatening the balance of Elsana.
In this feel-good fiction, we are cast into a world brimming with our favorite elements of fantasy with new twists unlike anything we’ve read before. Within The Gems of Elsana: Into the Wildbarrens, Christian Sterling has cultivated the start of a series with unparalleled charm, action, humor, romance, and thrills. All ages will be sure to enjoy this story from its first magical pages, to its last.
✦ MY THOUGHTS ✦
I just remembered that I have never posted this review on my blog, but it is still there on my Goodreads and Instagram page. I loved this book so much because I am a super huge fan of this type of fantasy. The book contains all elements that are necessary to build a coherent story. It was so easy to follow the plot that I fell in love with it.
Moreover, I loved the relationship between certain characters, it has brought so many feelings for me. I highly recommend this book to all fantasy/adventure lovers out there, you are going to love it.
My rating: 5/5⭐