Leam Holt’s eighteenth birthday tomorrow caps the most depressing year of his life, marking the anniversary of his failed delightenment—the soul-darkening, magic-bestowing rite of passage that should’ve launched him into the fight between Darkness and Light. Making things worse, Leam’s insufferable brother, Zach, the pride of the family, is set to delighten in a few short hours.
When Gideon, the evil leader of Darkness, arrives to preside over Zach’s ceremony, the course of Leam’s life takes a drastic turn. Rather than fading farther into the background, Leam is ordered to undergo a series of brutal trials. Vast magical power is suddenly within Leam’s grasp if he triumphs, but Leam can’t seem to stay away from a beautiful girl of Light, and his testing is yielding disturbing results.
As Leam begins to uncover secrets on both sides of the war, he realizes the fate of humanity is at stake, and he may have the most to lose in the fight.
“War between light & dark, magic, secrets, even a little romance…need I say more? Bentz Deyo took the age old battle between light & dark & gave it his own unique touch with amazing & interesting characters that I cannot get enough of.”
Five Stars. “A remarkable story. Both young adults and older readers will enjoy.”
“I truly enjoyed this book. It has it all; action, adventure, good and evil. This is the first in a [series] and book two can’t come fast enough!”
“A wonderful, imaginative world filled with interesting, well-fleshed-out characters and situations that will keep readers involved and wanting to find out what happens next. Despite being written for YA, the tale is told in such a way that adults will enjoy it, too.”
“I couldn’t put it down. I loved how the book always had a new twist! I can’t wait for Book 2!”New Orleans, LA
“I have not seen writing this amazing in quite some time. The imagery was so detailed I felt like I was in the story”
“Intense reading for those tired of Harry Potter’s goody-two-shoes ways.”
“Wow! This is a great YA title. It’s engaging. The characters are really well-developed and the plot is smooth and consistent. I can’t wait to read it again!”