Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Review: Talisman of El by Alecia Stone


Author: Alecia Stone
Title: Talisman of El
Series: Talisman of El #1
Publication: May 20, 2012
Publisher: Centrinian Publishing Ltd 
Genre: Fantasy, Sci-Fi
Source: Kindle Lending Library

Synopsis
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?

One Planet.

Two Worlds.
Population: Human ... 7 billion.
Others ... unknown.

When 14-year-old Char­lie Blake wakes up sweat­ing and gasp­ing for air in the mid­dle of the night, he knows it is hap­pen­ing again. This time he wit­nesses a bru­tal mur­der. He's afraid to tell any­one. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.

Char­lie doesn't know why this is hap­pen­ing. He would give any­thing to have an ordi­nary life. The prob­lem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home.

He belongs with the others.

Thoughts: Charlie's destiny has been planned since his birth. He always knew he was different and his dreams so real somehow foretold future events. His lost his parents and young age and has been in many fosters homes until he's paired with Jacob, who has plans to adopt Charlie. However, his foster father has far more sinister plans for him and no intention of being good to Charlie. One night Charlie and his friend Alex come across a young boy, who leads them to this house her believes has a monster in it. What they discover is a young man, who has aged considerably in a matter of weeks named Derkein. This man explains that he is searching for his father that has gone missing and he thinks that this place called Arcadia holds the key to his location. They all agree to help Derkein but what they find is that Arcadia has more information about Charlie than he is prepared to know. He is the only hope to save the world from the evil creeping upon it. 

So, I liked this book, the fantasy sections are really cool but I felt as if there wasn't enough detail about certain aspects of the plot or the characters. The pace starts slowly then picks up and the world building of Arcadia will appeal to fantasy lovers. I liked all the different characteristics of the people of Arcadia, the shape-shifting and the representation of the four elements made me think of the Last Air bender. The book as a whole reminds me of the book the Journey to the Center of the Earth. Overall, the fantasy, folklore, setting and the creation of Arcadia make Talisman of El an interesting read.

Excerpt
A flicker of movement at the edge of Charlie’s vision caught his attention, and he looked to his right. He saw the dark silhouette of a figure rising out of the water. Its top half was huge and hunched over with spikes arched around its head. ‘There’s something in the water,’ he whispered. 

‘That’s what I said,’ Richmond muttered. 

 ‘No, look.’ From the frozen silence and the gasps he heard, Charlie supposed he wasn’t the only one who could see the creature. 

‘I want you to move towards me slowly,’ Derkein whispered. 

The trio began to move. At that same moment, the creature plunged into the lake, and all they saw were water ripples heading towards them. 

 ‘Run!’ Derkein shouted. 

They dropped the rope and made a run for it, Derkein and Charlie both holding onto Richmond. Water splashed everywhere as they powered through it. They were drawing closer to the rocks when another creature, identical to the one they had just seen, sprang out of the water in front of them, and they stopped.

Towering over them, its pupil-less eyes, which glowed with a cold blue light, glared hungrily at them. A terrible wail escaped its throat, and it bared pointed fangs with four tentacles dangling from its chin. The creature stood upright like a human and had black, leathery skin. Spreading its webbed fingers, it took a swing at them with its long, sharp claws. 

 ‘Get back,’ Derkein yelled, but the first creature sprang out of the water behind them. 

 The four of them huddled together as the two creatures circled them. Derkein put his hand inside his trouser pocket and withdrew his pocketknife. Pulling out both blades so it resembled a spear, he held the knife out, ready to do some damage with the steel blades.

Charlie looked towards the smoky light far up the rocky path. So close … Just when he thought all hope was lost, something unexpected happened. The creatures started snarling at each other, as if arguing over their food. 

‘When I say go,’ Derkein whispered to the others, ‘run towards the rocks.’ 

Like Charlie, he had guessed what was coming. When the creatures went for each other, they made a run for it. 

Charlie was the first out of the water. He pulled Richmond up onto the rocks then Alex. He looked at Derkein, who was a few feet away, and noticed the creatures had vanished. Charlie extended his arm out towards him, but then a yelp escaped Derkein’s throat, and he stumbled forward, disappearing beneath the water. 

The trio screamed. 

Charlie jumped back into the water. ‘Derkein!’ he shouted. A piercing cry reached his ears, and his body went rigid. Seconds later, about three metres away from him, Derkein resurfaced. Charlie hurried over to him. Derkein was coughing and sputtering but otherwise fine. He had his back to Charlie, holding the knife out in front of him. 

Just then, one of the creatures sprang out of the water at them, but it rebounded, its arms flailing everywhere. Charlie spotted the rope fastened around the creature’s neck, and he and Derkein made haste towards the rocks.

As the others helped them out of the water, another tortured cry reached their ears, and they looked back. They saw no sign of either of the creatures. Wasting no time, they headed up the rocky path towards the light. 

It took the gang over thirty minutes to make it to the top of the path. They headed across a stone bridge with a body of water beneath it. Immersed in a bright, warm light that streamed through the arched doorway ahead of them, they emerged out of the cave. 

The four of them stared in silent awe at the sight before them. They were standing at the edge of a forest with giant trees surrounding them. Crisp, clean air filled their lungs. Majestic mountains in the far distance glistened like crystals, but even more magnificent was the brilliant sun that hovered high in the sky.
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Alecia Stone is the author of Talisman Of El (Centrinian, 2012), the first book in the Talisman Of El trilogy. She graduated with a BA in Film & TV and has worked in television for a short period of time before branching out into storytelling. Alecia loves anything and everything paranormal. Her fascination with all things supernatural sparked her obsession with books, particularly young adult fantasy fiction, which she has never grown out of. She was inspired to become an author after reading Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen at the age of fourteen.


In 2008, Alecia started working on Talisman Of El, a contemporary young adult fantasy fiction inspired by people who disappeared mysteriously, including, but not limited to, Amelia Earhart and Percy Harrison Fawcett, who went on an expedition in search of an ancient lost city. When she isn’t writing, she enjoys going to the movies, listening to music, and travelling.

Talisman Of El is her first novel. At present, Alecia lives in England, United Kingdom with her family.
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3 comments:

  1. Thank you so much for having me today. Greatly appreciate you being a part of the tour :)

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  2. Sorry some of the details were lacking, but I like the sound of Charlie overall.
    Happy reading,
    Brandi @ Blkosiner’s Book Blog

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  3. I love fantasy novels so I'm sure I would enjoy it. Thanks for to review and the giveaway.

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