Fantasy · YA series · Young Adult

Elpis by Aaron McGowan


The Potential for Unlimited Power is Revealed…

In a world where magical abilities are utilized through the Nexi Stones, there is one stone that stands high above the rest, shrouded in myth and mystery-the Elpis. Broken into four fragments centuries in the past, the Elpis waits to be pieced back together, and to grant its user godlike powers that could reshape the world forever.

Raised in a quiet town, Terico but life ambitions change dramatically, however, when his village is attacked and everything he holds dear is taken away from him.

Delkol, leader of the feared Brotherhood and ruler of the aggressive Shire Kingdom, seeks the pieces of the Elpis, and is willing to burn Terico’s village to the ground in order to find one. When the terror has passed and Terico stands at the greatest crossroads in his life, there is only one thing on his mind-one goal that encompasses his very existence. Revenge.


The story’s told in a clear manner and picturing the scenes are made easy by the author’s style. The pace of the story is average, fast and breathless at times (specially at fight scenes) but also slow and dramatic.

The twists and turns, although predictable, are still surprising. It seems that the story will never run out of action (actually, it never did).

You can see the development of the characters as the quest goes on.

This book is like a movie put into words.


The editing.
A word being said by only one character (or perhaps some who came from the same place) can be justified as a trait or distinction. But it being said by many, if not all, is anti-climatic. It may just slip out as a necessary word in a sentence but how and where it is placed gives a feeling that it’s the author talking and not the characters. Although a story’s just a product of an author’s thinking, they’re still 2 different matters. Unless of course it’s an autobiography.
Names of the characters are said repetitively instead of just using pronouns. Some words were misspelled.

My previous statement still stands: this will make a great movie.

Rate: 4/5

—Angel Natalie


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