Author: Jeff J Peters
Publisher: Wise Ink Publishing
Type of book: Fantasy, chosen one, good vs. evil, elves, dwarves, humans, uniting against evil, witches, old beings
Year it was published: 2017
It has been six hundred years since the Alchemists fused together men and beasts to form strong, mindless slaves. Now, their most vicious creations have attacked the mystical Walking Gates, slaughtering their Keepers and isolating their cities.
Wounded in the brutal attack, Braxton Prinn’s mother is on the verge of death and he makes a desperate journey to find the reclusive elven master who can save her. But when he discovers an ancient magic, Brax is caught up in an even greater struggle and soon finds himself hunted for his power.
Drawn into the chaos of an impending war and pursued by enemies on all sides, Brax must fight to save his mother and her race from slipping into darkness. Though his untamed magic may be the greatest threat of all…
Main characters include Brax, a son of a local smith. In the story he is best described as rash, impulsive, loyal and sacrificing. Serene is a unicorn and one of the old beings who has chosen Brax as her Chosen One. She is patient, wise and all-seeing. There are also elves who are dedicated to the trees and have their own culture as well as resources, Brax's family and friends, both old and new and the dwarves as well as the numerous enemies.
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The story is written in third person narrative from Brax's point of view. I feel that a lot of the story was more tell than show and I also had a difficult time imagining the romance or connection that characters have shared. I also feel that the story is an old fashioned fantasy story of old (a little bit like Tolkien)
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JEFF J. PETERS was born in South Africa and immigrated to the United States as a teenager, where he fell in love with all things fantasy. He obtained degrees in digital electronics and computer science and worked as an IT professional for more than twenty years. In 2014, he left his corporate position to focus full-time on writing. Cathadeus is his debut novel. He is currently working on the sequel.
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I really liked the book cover because there was something beautiful and vast within it, and it somehow reminded me a bit of Lord of the Rings. Having said that, I honestly don't think I was the intended audience for the story. Personally for me the expectations for the story included well developed characters and a memorable repartee between the main characters. (I blame it on Dragon Age Origins videogame...)I also expected more psychology or for characters to develop more than they have, and for it not to be heavy with battles. Aside from those minor complaints I liked the premise because it definitely had promise in turning out an interesting story. For a reader seeking a good old fashioned fantasy novel replete with dwarves, elves, humans as well as some mixes who unite to defeat the evil, then look no further than Cathadeus.
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3 out of 5
(0: Stay away unless a masochist 1: Good for insomnia 2: Horrible but readable; 3: Readable and quickly forgettable, 4: Good, enjoyable 5: Buy it, keep it and never let it go.)