Wolfdon Pellegrin and Toulouse Saloman, two eighteen-year-old boys living in seventeenth-century Spain, have recently discovered they are to become founders of a future paradise called Aizai. It will be created by the Magicians, who form a secret society scattered throughout the world. However, they are threatened by dark magicians called the Magi, who have for many ages been impeding the Magicians' success.
While Toulouse is initiated into an order of Magicians and must learn from a spirit-commanding sorceress and a misanthropic Magician, Wolfdon is trapped in the Middle Ages by the haughty son of a great Magician and must find a way to return to the present. Yet what he finds in the past may have great bearings on the formation of Aizai itself.
As the shadow world of the Magi encroaches upon them, Wolfdon and Toulouse must discover the remaining founders of Aizai and its magic before it is too late.
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Reviewed by Liz Konkel for Readers' Favorite Shadows of Aizai by Mary-Jean Harris is the second book in The Soul Wanderers series. Wolfdon and Toulouse have learned of their destiny to help form the paradise Aizai and work alongside a group called the Magicians. The creation of paradise is threatened by the Magi, dark Magicians who will do whatever it takes to stop the rise of Aizai. When Wolfdon is sent back in time, he lands in the Middle Ages and is quickly drawn into servitude to become a monk where he turns to a few surprising allies and uncovers secrets that could change the future. Meanwhile, Toulouse turns to a sorceress and a strange Magician for training, leading him to a surprising discovery. From two different times, the two must find a way to stop the Magi before it's too late to create paradise. Mary-Jean Harris has created a variety of different characters which showcase the natural dynamics between them and add depth to this journey as each character plays a role in how everything unfolds. Toulouse and Wolfdon's friendship has a great deal of strength to it because they have so much trust in each other even when they're not together. Though they end up branching off into individual story lines, they remain connected throughout and stay on similar paths. Both are working towards the formation of Aizai and trying to understand exactly what their role is. Two key animal characters are seen throughout. Kosmos is a snake and is often seen attached to Toulouse in some fashion while Sagittarius is often with Wolfdon. Harris explores the concept of paradise through each character by having those who want to see it come to pass and others who don't, while also opening up a world of shadows and a trip to the Middle Ages. Shadows of Aizai is an exciting journey across time and a fight against dark Magicians as two heroes find their way through the shadows and the past in order to save a future paradise.
Time travel has always fascinated me. What would it be like to travel to the past? To the future? Or how about visiting different worlds. It would be even more exciting, I think, to know that you were to be one of the founders of a new world. If you can’t do this in real life, how about reading a book that takes you to places you can only imagine. SHADOWS OF AIZAI, By Mary-Jean Harris will do just that. In addition to countries and worlds you’ve only imagined, you’ll find yourself caught up in the magic of unusual lands and people. You’ll meet characters that are good and that are bad. Two ingredients that make for an exciting novel. Our heroes are eighteen-year-old lads, Wolfdon and Toulouse, who live in 17th century Spain. They will become founders of a future paradise called Aizai. It’s not going to be easy. Magicians known as the Magi threaten them, along with other troubles they run into. Different chapters are told from the different characters’ points of view. Mary-Jean Harris has created a lot of characters in her novel to keep track of, and I sometimes got lost. But each character has a role to play in the events of the story. If you love adventure, magic, and men and women that make a world, whether it is present, past, or future a good place to live, SHADOWS OF AIZAI has it all. I was cheering for Wolfdon and Toulouse to succeed in founding a new city. Did they, or was it all a dream? What do you think?