May 7, 2013

Book Review: Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight

Danny Firoth is an average thirteen-year-old who finds himself at the beginning of his eighth-grade year, struggling with some of the more common concerns that plague a boy of his age: bullies, homework, and his mother. Sabrina Drake is the new girl. She is beautiful and spellbinding, but carries a fantastic secret.

Accepted into the White Rock Academy of Illumination, a school for young Squires destined to become Knights of the Light and battle the forces of the Dark with magical weapons called Bondeds, Danny joins his five closest friends in the training of their lives. Honed in the techniques of blade work by an Elvin swordmaster and educated by a colorful assortment of knightly instructors, Danny and his friends are placed on the path to becoming knighted members of the Light. However, the Dark may have other plans as they unveil a sinister plot in this fantastic tale of dragon-riding adventure, sword-wielding action, and coming-of-age drama.

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There are  books that truly remind me just why I love the young adult genre so much.  LIGHT & DARK:  THE AWAKENING OF THE MAGEKNIGHT just happens to be one such book.  From the first page I was caught up in the lives of Danny and his friends who range from geeks to football players.  The one thing that they all have in common besides their friendship is the game of Knights.  It is this game and their ability to see the unseen that sets them on a path that none of them ever imagined.

I was really impressed by LIGHT & DARK:  THE AWAKENING OF THE MAGEKNIGHT and even more so when I discovered that this was Mr. Fife's first book.  The pacing is wonderful and the characters are three dimensional.  While it does borrow slightly from the Harry Potter series in that the Squires or trainees are sorted into armies or houses, I found the story line to be fresh and enjoyable.  I recommend this book to young adults of all ages who are looking for an escape from reality.  I give this book a 3.8.

*** I received this book at no charge from NetGalley in exchange for a fair and honest review.  All opinions expressed within are my own.


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