Jaunten is the first book in The Advent Mage Series. This book was entertaining, but I felt the author rushed through parts that could have been more fully fleshed out. For example, in the very beginning, while Garth is on his way into Hain, the author does a wonderful job writing about Garth’s first encounter, but then only briefly touches on the rest of the obstacles he overcomes before quickly placing him in Hain.
That being said, the magic in the story is very interesting. I especially like Garth’s Nreece, Night (a magical horse that mages in the olden days used to ride), and am looking forward to finding out just what power Night’s true name holds. I found Garth’s friend, Chatta, to be very likeable. The power of Jaunten blood, to pass memories and knowledge through genetics or blood contact, is very intriguing. And I’m sure the introduction of other earth mages and a life mage is going to lead to some mortal enemy they will need to band together to fight. I wonder if there what other types of mages will be introduced in the second and third books. And will Garth remain the most powerful mage, or will one be born who is even more powerful than Garth and in whose shadow Garth will eventually stand?
Overall, the book was an enjoyable read, and I will read the rest of the series. I just wish the author would have spent a little more time putting more description and meat into the story.
Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Jaunten is an appropriate read for ages 12 and up.
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