Tuesday, August 16, 2011


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 537 KB
  • Publisher: Longshot Publishing (March 19, 2011)
  • Author: Marc Johnson
  • Cover art: Love the fire!
  • Overall rating **** out of 5 stars
  • Obtained: I received a PDF from the author in exchange for a review.

Catalyst by Marc Johnson
Reviewed by Moirae the fates book reviews
For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace.

Far from home, Alexandria's princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in to rescue her, alone and unarmed. His fear and fury unleash an uncontrollable magical force that grants him the power to save the princess-and change the world.

Hellsfire has never craved nor dreamed of power. But such magic as he now possesses has not been seen in Northern Shala for a thousand years, since the devastation of the War of the Wizards and the creation of the Wastelands.

Now Hellsfire must leave all he's ever known, and make a dangerous journey to learn to master this wild, ferocious power-power he knows he is not ready to wield. More difficult still, he needs to master his emotions. If he can't, the power will consume him, Alexandria will fall, and darkness will eclipse the land, destroying everyone he loves.

In the dead of cold, the spark shall burn (Synopsis provided by goodreads)

I enjoyed this book a lot. Like a lot of stories, it started off a little slow, but it did pick up.  It was a very quick read and I think it's aimed towards younger teens. (However adults would enjoy it as well!) I really enjoyed the characters and felt that they seemed believable. 

The story was very enjoyable and one that I would have wished was a bit longer so I could have enjoyed it longer. My only "complaint" is how at times the conversations seemed "professional" which isn't a bad thing, but at times I wanted the characters to cut to it and get on with the adventure.  Again, it's not a bad thing really.

I do look forward to more titles by Johnson and would recommend this book to others.

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