Title: Evan & The Land of the Letin: A heart Afire
Author: Jared TLC
Publication date: 11/10/2015
Evan is months away from graduating high school when he witnesses his grandparents die by way of a vanishing, seemingly sentient flame. On top of balancing social and school stresses, Evan now begins to question the validity and reality of everything around him. Despite logic and reasoning, Evan knows one thing for certain – the fire is now his foe.
Lured by a watery reflection that isn’t his, Evan soon finds himself in a dark and dying land. Memories of his life before quickly fade, but on the horizon, a Great Fire has overtaken the sea. Something deep in Evan tells him this is the same flame from his suppressed past.
Guided by a bodiless voice, Evan faces off against a monstrous flying cat, a decomposing warlock, and a nature-wielding witch, before being rescued by powerful elphs who whisk him to their kingdom above. With Evan’s help, the elphs aim to discover a limitless life source, said to destroy the Great Fire.
This type of genre is quite new to me but this book was an interesting first read. I really enjoyed the first chapter which talked about the Lamp and the eight elements all providing an individual gift to produce the male child, Duendelyn and the relationship between him and his newly created brother.
The book was a great first experience of the sci-fi/fantasy world and even though it was quite a long story, I did enjoy the majority of the story. The language was unique and the characters showed depth and confidence.
On the whole, I would recommend this book to sci-fi/fantasy readers and will look out for the next instalment from Jared TLC!
3 out of 5 stars.