In the first book of the Xavier series, Xavier Jones, an ordinary thirteen-year-old boy is abandoned at St Griswold College deep within the mysterious Mourn Forest. As the world changes outside the school walls, evil brews at St Griswold. Xavier discovers the school and its inhabitants have strange customs and dark secrets. Everything he knows and believes about the world shifts.
He befriends Ethan and Gabe, an eccentric new arrival. Through them he discovers humour, hope and courage–and the first stirrings of his abilities. In a magical world teeming with angels, demons, shape shifters and the Darklaw, the boys meet Beth, a young seer from Ambrosia. Using their abilities and devices, the teenagers must discover who they can trust among those they meet including the ethereal Boundary Keeper, a vain messenger angel and a magical watchmaker. Together the young friends journey across a country infiltrated by sinister forces in the hope of saving the children of Griswold. They witness the terrifying First Strike, a celestial battle between angelic and demonic armies, and Xavier learns of his destiny and a frightening prediction.
I enjoyed the fantasy that took place throughout the entire book. This pitted young teens against time and the forces of evil. This book was a rush for me as I often waited with abated breath hoping that the perils that faced the kids would end up in their favor.
The book seemed to start out slow but it was also needed in order to get a feel of these very diverse characters. Nothing is at is seems and the oddities and situations are unreal but, that is what a good sci-fi/fantasy type book would be like.
The twist at the end made me exhausted and disappointed as I realized this book is the first in a series but I suppose that means I need to read the next book.
When is it coming out? 5 stars
Disclosure: I purchased a Kindle copy of this book for my own collection. The views expressed here are 100% my own and may differ from yours. ~Naila Moon
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