Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight

Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight

by D. M. Fife

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Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight by D. M. Fife

Danny Firoth is on the verge of beginning his final year in middle school. The only odd thing to happen on that fateful day is the appearance of new student in school, a beautiful girl named Sabrina Drake. Fascinated by not only her spellbinding looks, but her interest in a popular fantasy card game called Knights, Danny develops a school-age crush. However, before he can build up the courage to talk to her at length, he is confronted by the resident bully. Forced into a fight, he learns that he is not so average as a strange power awakens within him, allowing him to foresee the actions of others before they happen. With the help of this new ability, Danny is able to put his antagonist in his well-deserved place, but quickly finds himself punished with an after-school detention.

Awaiting the arrival of his not so happy mother, Danny is startled as a rumble shakes the very foundation of the school. Following the shuddering to its source, he discovers two frightful creatures engaged in an epic struggle of mortal combat, a large dragon and a strange shadowy being. Nearly torn to pieces by the creature of shadow and saved by the creature of legend, the dragon, Danny barely escapes.

The next day at school, Danny joyfully finds that Sabrina Drake has taken a curious interest in him. With plans to meet after school, Danny’s dark thoughts, once centered on the frightful events the night before, become focused on his crush. However, things do not go as planned as the creature of shadow appears once more, forcing Sabrina Drake to forgo her secret and transform into the familiar form of the dragon that saved Danny the previous evening. After defeating the dark creature, Sabrina Drake resumes the shape of a human and begins to explain that the popular card game of Knights is more than simply a game, but reality. She describes an ancient struggle with the creature she has just defeated, dating back hundreds of years as well as an Order that has vowed to destroy them, the Light. Discovering that he has a rare ability to see these forces of darkness, Danny accepts an invitation to be tested for the possibility that he could one day become a Knight of the Light.

Danny as well as four of his closest friends are judged worthy and 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; swords created from the souls of fallen Knights of the Light.

Upon the back of a full-blooded Draconic, a dragon as well as Sabrina’s father, Danny and his friend's venture to the Florida coast where they board an old, but magical ship, and set sail for the Bermuda Triangle. In the center of the legendary triangle is a swirling tempest of black clouds, created by an ancient tear between the human world and the world of the Shadows. With the help of a Navi, a wizard specialized in navigating the dangers of the dark storm, Danny and his friends arrive safely at White Rock Island where they begin the training of their lives. Honed in the techniques of blade work by an Elvin swordmaster, Sir Syndil, and educated by a colorful assortment of professors, Danny and his friends learn battle strategy, hand to hand combat, defense against the magical arts, and a history of the ancient conflict with the Shadows.

However, discovering a powerful ability within himself that may mark him as the destined savior foretold, the Mageknight, Danny must question the intentions of his instructors. With the help of his friends, Danny must use everything he has learned to thwart the betrayal of someone within the Order of Light in this fantastic tale of dragon-riding adventure, sword-wielding action, and coming of age drama.

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BN ID: 2940033247325
Publisher: D. M. Fife
Publication date: 05/20/2012
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 268,716
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

I began writing Light & Dark during my years as a graduate student at Ball State University under the major of Counseling Psychology. What began as a simple hobby quickly turned into something more as I found a passion for writing. While carrying the schedule of a full-time student as well as working a part-time job, I devoted myself to write at least one page a day. After graduating, I received the opportunity to begin practicing psychology as a counselor at a local private practice. My devotion to my writing did not waver. Working a full time schedule and maintaining a full complement of clients, I maintained my dedication. A year or so later, I completed the rough draft of Light & Dark and began the editing process, and a process it was. Writing this novel has proven to be a dramatic learning experience, and I am sure that I still have much more to learn. I look forward to this opportunity as I continue to grow as a writer and inspire, you the reader, to join me on this journey.

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Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Steven Bussard More than 1 year ago
I recently bought Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight after receiving an email that it had become recently free. I must say that I was not disappointed. If I would have known about this book before it had become free, I must assuredly would have paid for it. Which in fact I have and will purchase the print version of the work. I'm one that is more for tangible reading then electronic. In any case, Light & Dark does an amazing job detailing the surroundings as well as the characters in the book. I enjoyed each distinct personality that populated the pages as I read it. The book was a smooth read, not like some others in which you feel like you kind of have to grind through the book just to get to the good parts. The author took the time to write in smooth transitions between scenes, places, and dialogue. I have already purchased the second book in the series, Light & Dark: The Black Bonded and if this book was any indication, I expect great things.
J.T Thomas More than 1 year ago
I found this book through Amazon, apparently a few days after the author made it free. I didn't really have any real expectations other than reading some of the reviews, which seemed to be a bit sporadic in thier opinions. The over all theme that seemed to come from the reviews was that Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight reportedly started slow, but ended up picking up after a few chapters as well as some indication that the said work was overly descriptive. However, perhaps it's just my opinion, well, it is my opinion, just as it is the opinion of everyone else who has felt the need to comment on this work, but, in any case, I truly enjoyed it. I found the descriptive theme of the book refreshing. The world building was well done, Fife has a way of describing the events, actions, and scenery in a way that truly puts you there. I found myself truly captivated and as such, I am invested in purchasing and reading the second in the series, Light & Dark: The Blacck Bonded, which is apparently now available.
gaele More than 1 year ago
So often,  I will see reviews that will mention another title, intimating that this is the “same”, and diminishing the book being reviewed by insinuating it is an imitation.  While there are obvious correlations to the set-up for the Harry Potter series here, the similarity ends quickly.  This is a uniquely styled blend of fantasy and reality, with characters who are very current and solidly developed, who just happen to be a part of a training programme that involves magic and spells.   Daniel Fife has managed to create a book that even reluctant readers can enjoy: there is enough of the fantastical to break up the mundanity of every eighth grade life,  and the ultimate quest of good versus evil, as you are just learning what powers and skills you have makes for a gripping tale.  Yes there are friends, and the friendships are tested, and the importance of trust and being there all create small lessons on the way.  But mostly: this is a highly enjoyable read that holds your interest from page to page as you learn and discover this new world with Danny.  As the start of a new series – this one shows great promise: the pacing and world-building were well done and maintained after some early repetitive moments. I was fortunate to have received the newly-edited version: and what I had was a very clean, well-written story that managed to keep interest and flow after a bit of a slow start early on.  As a debut novel, in a high-fantasy style written to appeal to (but never pander to) younger readers, it was an impressive work.  And I am looking forward to book 2 in the Light & Dark Series.   I received an eBook copy from the author for purpose of honest review and inclusion in Children Read week.  I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility
notrow1 More than 1 year ago
Review 7******* I received a copy of this book from the author in return for an honest review. WOW!! This is a fantastic YA coming of age fantasy novel! I loved it! Danny Firoth is a fantastic character! He is a typical teen. Or is he? He likes to play a card game called Knights of the Light, which would be comparable to children's card games played in all school playgrounds. (Think Yu-Gi-Oh or Pokemon). He is surprised to find out that he can see "shadows", which are a type of being from the land of Dark. As he is one of the few able to see these "shadows", he is tested, and then accepted into the White Rock Academy of Illumination to become a Knight of the Light. I have been eagerly wanting to read this book, because I'm a huge fan of Fantasy, whether YA or otherwise. I must admit that once I started reading this book, I did not want to put it down! This book is an amazing and exciting read from the first page! The characters themselves are very interesting, and come alive on the page. Danny's five friends are an eclectic mix. They are Chris, Alonso, Matt, Doug and Anthony. They each have their own personalities. I liked them all, even Alonso, who is the most egotistical and hot headed of them all. This book did remind me slightly of the Harry Potter books, with a dash of Dungeons and Dragons (a game played in the 1980's - not sure if it's still popular) thrown in for good measure! However, there are some differences that made this book totally unique! Instead of wands, there are swords! There are various weapons in the Knight's arsenal, but their best weapon is their sword, called Bondeds. Each sword is unique, and has amazing powers. The descriptions of sword play and the uniforms used is fantastic! The attention to detail makes the school come alive! I could actually see this as a movie, it's that good! I am now looking forward to reading the next book in the series: Light & Dark: The Black Bonded. D.M. Fife has written an exciting YA fantasy/action adventure/coming of age novel filled with dragons, elves, dwarves, sword fights and memorable characters. I HIGHLY recommend this book to children in the 11+ age range, and to adults who love YA Fantasy. - Lynn Worton
fernsy More than 1 year ago
"Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight" is a fantasy adventure fiction of a 13 year old boy, Danny Firoth, who discovers that he has powers that are of a different world. "Light & Dark" traces Danny's transition from an average student in his school to his development as a Knight of Light at a Knight's academy called the "White Rock Academy". The novel successfully draws the reader into this magical world, a place of elves and dragons and other magical creatures. Fife knows exactly what he wants in this world, what he wants of his characters and what they are to do. My favourite was the dwarf blacksmith, Sir Bartlett Firebeard who although played only a minor role. I was actually hoping to see more of him. There are other concepts that will keep you intrigued and turning through the pages to the end such as "The Navi", "Bonded" and "Drakes". I quite enjoyed this book and would recommend this to persons of any ages. I would definitely love to see Danny Firoth fully harness on his powers in the following books, should Fife develop into a series.
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sewolf0310 More than 1 year ago
13 year old Danny is a typical boy of his age. Not the most popular kid in school, but has some good friends. Starting his new school year for the 8th grade, a new girl in school, Sabrina Drake, catches his attention. Danny and his friends like to play a card game called Knights, which had 3 factions, Light (good), Gray (neutral) and Dark (evil). After fighting in school one day, Danny has detention and needs to stay after. Once relieved from detention, he starts to leave school but is sidetracked with an earthquake type shaking and strange noises. He could never have imagined what he saw in the schoolyard - a dragon fighting a shadow. He soon discovers the dragon is the new girl in school and the card game is actually a battle that exists in life. Danny has a special power that allows him to “see the light” and he must choose if he wants to ignore this gift/curse or help defend others. He chooses to help defend others and goes through training to learn how to fight, along with some of his school friends. In the spirit of good vs. evil, the Light vs. the Dark, Danny and his friends learn many things in this faraway land, along with the typical who do who believe and trust and who not to. Danny and his friends learn quite a lot in their first year as squires. Very well written, flows nicely and keeps you turning the pages to see what happens next, with a great mix of characters of all sorts, humans, elves, etc. This is a good read for young adults, as well as adults, the way the Harry Potter series was good for all ages. This is a story that may not have left you with any sort of a cliffhanger, but definitely has the potential for more adventures for Danny and his friends.
Asand More than 1 year ago
When I first began reading Light and Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight I wasn't sure it was going to keep me engaged. Danny is your typical school kid, having to deal with bullies, friends, and school. But then the dragon entered the picture and I was hooked! This is a great story for kids nine and up, with so much magical concepts and some pretty detailed swordsplay scenes. It is interesting with all the different species, including dwarves and of course my favorite: ELVES! I do love elves! It is also interesting how while we have the boys training to become something unique in this day and age, there is also a mystery plot line weaved throughout too. And there were definitely some surprises I wasn't even expecting! There are a few spelling errors as well as some grammatical ones too but nothing to take away from the story. This story is funny, light-hearted, and had lots of action too. We meet many different interesting characters but my favorite was Calador, the blind elf. My least favorite character hands down had to be Alonso. If he says "whatever" one more time I think I will have to scream! There were some parts that seemed to be repeated over too many times but when children are involved questions are never ending so I do think the author had the young boys pov down pretty good. A major plus for me was through the book, among all the sword fighting and magical duels were many important morals that kids today should live by: respect, loyalty, and discipline. I gave it four stars! I had the digital copy but I would love to pick up a print version for my sons if one is available.
KenishaP More than 1 year ago
Danny Firoth is an average 13 year old boy. He loves his mom but tries not to seem overly dependent on her, and has his share of bullies and friends. His school life is interrupted by a few strange occurrences and the appearance of a new student, Sabrina Drake, whom he finds himself drawn too. This young girl is actually a literal Drake, or a human-dragon hybrid, and from there Danny finds out about an ancient battle between light and dark that finds potential recruits from a collectable card game. The plot felt reminiscent of a Saturday-morning anime, where some kid finds out a seemingly-harmless game is actually quite important. Once the main plot started up, things became very interesting. A lot of the plot twists weren't very surprising for me, and the end doesn't resolve everything, but it is the first book in a series so I guess they had to find a stopping point somewhere.. The action is good, and it gets even better once they get to the knight school. The writing is often simple, but it is clear and to the point. Some phrases occurred frequently, but there are also a few well-put phrases. I'm probably way out of the intended audience, age wise, but this book reminds me of the kind of fiction that got me into reading in the first place. Contractions would make some of the dialogue sound more natural, as these are young teens talking. So, I liked the premise and most of the writing. It's a very nice fantasy novel and a good start to a series.
MarthaM More than 1 year ago
Light and Dark is the first book in a wonderful new fantasy series by D.M. Fife. I think that this series has the potential to be a major best selling series because it is very well written, appealing to middle schoolers and up, and has an interesting twist, suing human, elves and dragons bonded together to keep the Darkness from encroaching and taking over the world. Danny Firoth is an average kid starting his first day of school. He has some good friends, including his best friend Chris, but really isn’t the most popular kid in his class. On his first day of school, he develops a really serious crush on a new girl in his class, Sabrina Drake. Danny is pushed into a fight with one of the school bullies and finds that he has a weird ability to anticipate the actions of the guy a few seconds before he gets hit. Since his mom is really mad about the detention he gets for fighting in school, he doesn’t have time to really think much about it. He hates getting his mom upset because she’s all he has, having lost his Dad in a war a long time ago. A rumbling and shaking of the school during detention scares him but far less than the dragon that appears to fight a shadow that is causing the stumbling. Sabrina and her family take an interest in Danny and some of his friends that can see the Darkness, inviting them to interview to be trained as Knights of the Light. During the summer, they are initiated into a world that they never knew existed and start their training. The White Rock Academy of Illumination trains mortals, elves and the people like Sabrina who can transform to dragons to battle the Darkness while waiting and hoping for the foretold Mageknight, their salvation to finally appear. There are some minor grammar errors that slightly detract from the tale but it is a wonderful, exciting addition to the fantasy genre.
BWNovelist More than 1 year ago
A Trickster Eric Novels review Daniel Fife asked me to review his first book "Light Dark The Awakening of MageKnight". The protagonist, Danny is a normal student when he stumbles into a battle between a white dragon and a black shadow creature. The next day he finds out the dragon was the pretty new transfer student he has a crush on. She draws him into her world, where she is a squire for the Order of the Light and fights the shadow monsters who seek to destroy the world. It is not the most original of plots. Anyone with a drop of genre savvy could predict every plot twist in the story. Except for one which, appropriately, is the most important one of all. Even without that it is still a enjoyable read. 1.This isn't some half-assed cliche storm. Mr.Fife put thought into the life of the knight' community to create the full picture. The knight's tailor, for instance, has zilch to do with the plot but he is necessary for the setting. Someone's got to make the squire robes, after all, and someone needs to tailor them to fit the flabby rookies as they develop into lean knights. There's also a scene about elfin tea practices which serves as character development in addition to world building. Its one of my favorite scenes. 2. Another one of my favorite scenes is the squire duel. Mr. Fife knows how to write an action scene. He also knows how to give his hero a superpower without it turning in a gamebreaker or introducing a kryptonite factor to negate it entirely. All it does is level the playing field against stronger and more experienced opponents. 3. The transition from event to event is smooth and believable. Thus the pacing is enjoyable, except for one part which I will get to later. Mr.Fife does not rely on idiot balls to move the plot along. Instead it is powered by the agendas of many different people contrasting and meshing. 4. The character development is great, or more appropriately, it becomes great after the characters arrive at the knight school. Once he focuses on the main characters (instead of introducing new ones every chapter) they all develop distinct and likable personalities. However, this book has its flaws. There are three of them and they're all in the first arc. 1. Pacing. Dragons don't show up until the fourth chapter (p. 18) and that is a brief moment. Answers and genuine world building don't come for another 7 pages. In-universe the pacing is also off. The story begins on the first day of school, then skips weeks to the first shadow, then a sixth month skip where apparently both the good and bad guys sit on their butts and do nothing, and finally a skip to the end of school. In 45 pages, only two shadows show up and Danny is just beginning to find out about them. If this were a TV show, all of that would be dealt with in the first episode, second tops. I have a suspicion that Mr.Fife wanted to make Danny as identifiable as possible and this is the reason for the odd pacing. 'first day of the school year', 'bullies' 'crushes', etc. These had to happen in school for the reader to slot themselves into Danny's place. Once this is established, Mr.Fife has to make month long jumps where nothing happens to put his characters into a 'summer knight training school' where the plot actually begins. 2. Characters. There are too many characters introduced early on that are not important. Its a waste of space and a drag on the storyline. Their characterization is also a problem. No one has a solid character in the first arc; not Danny, not Sabrina, no one. I referred to them as 'average guy' and 'pretty new girl' until they arrived at the knight academy. Danny's friends are even worse; they're names with a biography attached. All of them are better characterized by the end but that doesn't justify their poor characterization at the start. 3. Construction. Normally I praise world building but only if it serves to build the full picture. What Mr.Fife did in the first arc violates the Law of Conservation of Detail. He introduces half a dozen characters in the first arc who will never be seen or heard from again for the first of it; builds a school environment; starts the story on the first day of school when the meat of the story takes place when its over. Its a horrible idea to build this setting and then throw it away. Based on the first arc (the first 45 or so pages) I'd give this book an F. Based on the remaining 150 or so pages, I'd give this book an A. I can't reconcile the 'normal school' writing with the 'knight school writing'. Its like they were written by different people. Anyway, I enjoyed reading it and if there is a second book in the series I would be interested in reading it. For more information see its work page on TVTropes.
JildaLeigh More than 1 year ago
Author Daniel Fife should indeed be proud of himself! He has crafted a wonderful tale of teenage angst, first "crush" loves, fierce adventure, and of course (my favorite), magic. The tale Author Daniel Fife spins is wonderfully written. It takes the reader instantly back to their childhood in school - yet, it allows the reader to step into a fantasy world of incredible characters. The story line blends so well together, it's virtually seamless. Both our hero and heroine are believable characters, each with their own set of quirks and lovable features. They use these features throughout the story to draw the reader further and further down the magical path. Kudo, Daniel Fife!
Nantambu More than 1 year ago
This book was so good, and for many different reasons. Fife invites the reader into a fantasy world like no other. With vivid descriptions of the story, characters, and fight scenes, this book is a great read from cover to cover. Fife's about me section is what impressed me the most. He hardly seemed to have time to even attempt to write this book. Somehow he managed to overcome that adversity and knocked it out of the park! I personally recommend this book to any young adolescent reader or even as a family time book. It is also good for any fantasy lovers of any age. I look forward to the progress of this series and where he will take us on the next journey!
MRCROCCO More than 1 year ago
Dragons and Shadows! Did a popular card game of middle school students come to life? The game was called ‘Knights.’ The middle school students who played the game were Danny, Doug, Matt, Alonso, and Chris. Of course when they played the game of Knights it was just a perfectly innocent card game. Until one day . . . The boys started playing Knights over the summer. It was a game based on using fantasy creatures and knights of legend to ultimately defeat opposing players. The basis of the game was to confront the forces of neutral, good, and evil against one another. The three groups were Light, Gray, and Dark. When the summer was over, Danny and all his best buddies were looking forward to their last year of middle school. Everything was the same until, yup, you guessed it, a really hot girl! Her name was Sabrina. And yup, you guessed it, much to Danny’s surprise, she knew about the card game, Knights. So Danny had the biggest crush on her for her beauty and the fact she played the game, Knights. This is where the story, Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight, really began with the fantasy adventures. When Danny was confronted by the school bully, he took him down, but can’t figure out how he did it. Of course later he finds out it was Sabrina who helped him. But how? How can a little tiny girl break the nose of a big bully without being seen? Here was the story’s first fantasy adventure. And oh, there were many more to come if you read this wonderful book by Daniel Fife. Sabrina had a nice family. I didn’t say normal, but I did say nice. What exactly do I mean? Is Sabrina a real person? Is she a dragon? Is she a shadow? Are her parent’s real people? Danny finds out when he meets Sabrina after school one day. He saw a fight between two creatures, a dragon and a shadow. Sabrina became one of these creatures, but which one? Normal humans don’t have the ability to see these creatures, but Danny did! So Sabrina explained why to Danny. Being shocked for a few days was in order, wouldn’t you say? However, because Danny possessed this rare ability, he decided he wanted to fight the forces of darkness with Sabrina, and her parents. He wanted to become a Knight of the Light. Come to find out all his buddies possessed the same rare ability. So they all joined Danny to fight the forces of darkness. They attended a summer school in Florida called the White Rock Academy of Illumination. Of course none of the parents knew what this school was really about. They thought it was just an innocent fun summer school adventure. Here there was magic on a magical ship. With danger lurking a wizard named Navi helped navigate, so they arrived safely and began their training to become knights. They learned how to fight along with learning the history of the Shadows. Not all the teachers were on the up and up. Danny thought some in the Order of Light were betrayers. He felt he had a strong ability to become the Mageknight, so Danny used all his new knowledge he was trained for to see if he was right. Was he? Does he become the Mageknight? This was a great fantasy adventure story all ages will enjoy. We see Danny and his friends, including Sabrina; grow up from immature middle school students to mature thinking students ready for high school. If you want any of the questions answered here in my review, you must read the beautifully written book, Light & Dark: The Awakening of the Mageknight by Daniel Fife. You won’t be disappointed!
Jessie66 More than 1 year ago
This was a really fun book. It was fun for a couple of reasons: One, it's an indie book that actually lived up to the cool premise/plot, and two its very well written. Some things could be tweaked, sure, (mainly the beginning which dragged a smidge) but when it got going, it flew. The entire world was well fleshed with the card game, squires and the bonded. This is an epic story about dark vs light, friendship and comrades, and finding the courage to push forward. Danny and Sabrina are quite the pair. Their chemistry is real and you feel it. Lots of elves, dragons and dwarves mixed in too for good measure. It really had a bit of everything for me. I mean, if you love sword and sorcery, sprinkled with some Eragon flourishes, this is definitely a read for you. Super happy I bought it and will be buying the next ones!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Unique story but the writing style is a bit off Although the core theme is not totally unique, I would say that its treatment and execution in this book is. For example, how many times have you read about the good ol' struggle between good and evil, light and dark? It gets pretty tiring is not it? However, the same theme of struggle between light and dark is given a new twist with the introduction of a card game that is not anything like what that it looks like on the surface! The book starts with an abrupt dialog that is designed catch your attention (and had it not been for the tacky editing, the start was indeed compelling enough to keep you glued to the rest of the book). While the dialog itself is nothing out of the ordinary, the way it is delivered by the mother and what precedes before that definitely gives you a faint idea about Danny's life and his relationship issues with his mother. Funny that Danny's mother reminded me of my own dominating and overprotective mother ha ha. The real hero of the book however, is not Danny but Sabrina (at least that is what I felt); if there were no Sabrina, I doubt Danny would have found the scope to grow as a character; on another note, personally I could relate more to the character of Danny than Sabrina; although the smarter of the two, Sabrina at times came across as snooty. The relationship between Danny and Sabrina is nothing like the typical relationship found between a boy and girl in YA novels; in fact, Sabrina makes it pretty clear to Danny at the end, "I will forever be your friend, as well as your comrade in arms, Danny, but that is all I can offer you. I will understand if you desire neither of me from this moment forward."" This saddened me a little bit. The ending indeed took me by surprise. Some of the other things I liked about this book: use of unique font styles at the beginning of each chapter, use of a well structured table of contents that keeps you from getting lost (by God, some of the recent indie books I have read had no table of contents at all!), etc. Some of the things I did not like about the book: the clumsy and somewhat slow start at the very beginning (which felt a bit too overwhelming for me at times), and although I am not a native English speaker, I found an odd one or two grammar issues occasionally. Some of the actions in the book tended to be repetitive and hence monotonous due to overuse. These are nothing serious, but if I were the author I'd at least edit the beginning portion to make it more close-knit and tighter. The dialogs did not seem quite natural; in fact, most of the time they felt like back and forth questions and answers The lead characters are quite realistically portrayed (although some of their actions come across as implausible) and it is good to see them learn and grow; some of the other minor characters don't get this same chance to grow - rather, they just come and go; I guess maybe the author can do away with some of the unnecessary characters in the book. Although the start is somewhat bungling, I would suggest you give it a go, especially due to the unique treatment the author gives to an age old theme. Suffice it to say, the author has genuine talent for storytelling and he only needs to improve his craft and amp up his writing and editing styles a little bit.
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Midu More than 1 year ago
The story felt inspired by Ender’s Game & Harry Potter series.   Calador was supposed to be this really serious Elf and it was funny when he cracked a joke or teased a student.   I liked that the author included the Grey with (White) Light & (Black) Dark. And that the grey Knights could swing either way-made the premise a bit more probable.   I also liked how the author chose to end the book-enough mystery for those who might want to continue with the series and a sense of completion for those who hate cliffhangers.   I found the language used by the students weird-yes, the Light follows the way of the knights but the kids also live in the modern world.   A book which would be enjoyed by readers who loved Harry Potter.