TITLE: The Elf and the Amulet (Deathsworn, Book 1)
AUTHOR: Chris Africa
PUBLICATION DATE: October 2017
NOTE: I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. This review is my honest opinion of the book.
"Many things which seem useless are magical to those who know how to use them...
Waet Tree Village has family roots and heritage as ancient as the silver trees themselves. Chassy, Nita and Andrev are expected remain here, living out traditional lives until they eventually die from lack of excitement.
One summer day, their idyllic lives start to unravel, when a freaky creature straight out of a legend arrives spouting prophecies about the destruction of their village. Then an old wizard sends them on a quest with a bunch of useless gifts, but he DIES before even telling them where to go.
Retrieve the Amulet of Hope or all is lost! That's all they know; that's all anyone can tell them.
So they set off in pursuit of this mysterious amulet, each for his or her own reason. They learn that the world outside of Waet Tree Village is nothing like the storybooks they grew up with, and the Amulet of Hope is only the beginning of their adventures."
This story is a fun romp through the world outside of Waet Tree Village - adventure, excitement, oh fluff! moments, obscure prophecies, magic goodies and odd-ball characters. The novel is an enjoyable, well-written, fast-paced, adventure-quest involving a collection of teenagers that have got into deeper events than they realised. While this book does not end on a cliff-hanger, it is definately the first book of a series - the story doesn't end here. I am looking forward to the next installment.
P.S.: I'm really not sure why anybody thinks it's a good idea to let teenagers run around the world without competent adult supervision, but this seems to be a thing with YA books.