Title: The Search For Synergy
Author: Brett Salter
Series: The Talisman (Book 1 of 5+)
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“The Search For Synergy” is the first book in The Talisman Series by author Brett Salter. It follows the exploits of two middle-school boys, Rome Lockheed and Julian Rider, as they transition from normal kids into epic warriors fighting for the existence of the Earth realm. Rome is secretly a fire dragon from the Den of Volcana placed under a spell which hides his true form. Julian is an oddball, up-and-coming knight with a case of the “try-hards”. Together, they perform an ancient pact which bonds their lives and souls forever. Under the tutelage and guidance of an eccentric, local librarian, Mr. Jones, the two learn of an impending invasion from an archaic evil desperate to invade from the other side of The Void.
This is the beginning of a fantasy series for Young Adult/Middle Grade readers that turns the classic boy with the dragon story into “I am the dragon!”. It is really a nice innovative point of view that acts as a nice way to differentiate itself from the others.
I immediately got into it because the part about a boy becoming a dragon reminded me of another fantasy series of books that probably never got out of Italy: “La ragazza drago”, literally “The Dragon Girl”, by Licia Troisi.
The series of The Talisman starts with this first book that acts as a bildungsroman where our two protagonists get to know and understand how to use their powers. We will get to know a bit more about the two characters of Rome and Julian and how this world mixes up the legend of the figure of the Dragon Rider with the story of King Arthur and a demonic horde ready to invade it. I also loved the dualism that we can find in it with some of the humans still feeling some kind of hatred towards the dragons, despite now being the time to be allied against a common enemy.
I really liked how the twist of events arrived following a small hint that the author already gave us before, making the reader feel the thrill of knowing almost for sure that something bad is going to happen while keeping it enthralled in the narration to know how things are going to turn out.
Another thing I really liked is the humor parts! The die component is especially hilarious in the beginning but generally the characters can be both zany and equipped with some witty humorism.
The fights are really cool despite this book acting as only an introduction to the whole story! I’m really curious to read what is going to happen in the following books… especially with the small mysteries that get introduced at the end of this one and the premises we got.
I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.