How did NaNo go for you?
And if you didn't participate in NaNo (and even if you did) how was your November? I'm trying to think what I did in November, other than write...
I did get to read and review this little beauty. A great read for all you high fantasy lovers out there!
In a world where each person is born with a magic ability, the island of Denall is on the verge of an attack from a power hungry sorcerer, Mordyar, as he scours the world in search of the Stones of Power. While the stones are gathering and their power begins to be revealed, four boys leave their village on a rite of passage into adulthood and are swept into an adventure that will make men and heroes of them, if they can survive.
Eric Buffington was born in Ontario Canada, where he lived until he was eighteen. After that he traveled with a Canadian government program, for one year (what he did is top secret), he then moved to California to serve a two year mission working with the Laotian people.
Shortly after returning home he met the love of his life, moved to Pennsylvania and married her. He has since completed a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in education. He currently lives in Pennsylvania with his wonderfully supportive wife, and their four children. He currently works as a High School math teacher in an online cyber school. You can watch his math lessons on his Youtube channel.
This tale reminds me of Robert Jordan's, WHEEL OF TIME series. Especially the troupe of characters whose journey we get to witness. It has that high fantasy, epic feel, yet it also has a number of original twists and turns along the way.
The 3rd person omniscient is usually a tough one for me. When a book is written this way, especially changing to different character's heads within the same chapter, I am usually unable to become attached to the characters and their tale. Buffington does an excellent job of seamlessly moving from one point of view to the other, making me care for the characters I should, question those who are questionable, and dislike those who wish to do our protagonists harm. I like that every character is flawed, and feels very real.
THE EXILE is a great start to the STONES OF POWER series. I am anxiously awaiting the next.