*I received an ecopy of this book to review*
The Gems of Elsana by Christian Sterling
“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 left 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 madorian 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.”
If you like:
- A group of misfits working together
- Prison breaks
Then this book is for you!
The Gems of Elsana is a fast paced book about a young wizard’s, Falin, trip to locate his gems in order to access his full powers to watch over his people for the remainder of his life. He, along with his group of Champions, face many challenges from not only the different terrains that they have to travel through but also the creatures of the dark that wants to take out those who are naturally light.
I enjoyed this book because of the friendship that is created throughout this story. It’s obvious early in the trip that this group has something special despite some bad blood between a couple of characters. They all work together as if they are childhood friends while picking at each other like family.
“Any adventure without trouble along the way is not much of an adventure at all.”
Falin is probably the person that is the most inherently light person in the more recent centuries. He has accepted his role of becoming a guardian of sorts to the people and strives to be the best so he can fully protect them from the darkness of the world. With every obstacle that he and his Champions face, Falin further realizes his role in life and sees all of the ways to improve the quality of life for those around him.
“He’d experienced so much Darkness and so many vile creatures in the first stint of his journey. He thirsted for the power to do good in the Elsana, to drive back all the evils that hindered the land.”
My favorite characters may be Jimmy the skully and Red. He and Red are the comic relief that the group so desperately needs in some of the darker moments. The two are additional members added to the group of Champions have been told that they will have to travel into a bad part of the country that few return from alive. The two have been captured, escaped, and captured again and are promised to be set free by the Queen if they are able to help Falin on his journey. Jimmy and Red are the underdogs of this group, and they show their worth and value each day through their knowledge of the terrain, people, and humor.
“We trust one another, and for our kind, that is rare.”
In this quick paced story of a young wizards journey to gain his full powers, Falin and his Champions forge a life long friendship. They learn more about the history of their people and encounter things that were thought to be myths.
Happy reading until next time,