On a fateful night five centuries ago, three mages made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversary of that ominous night, a girl-child ripens into the heritage of lost power. But before she can even comprehend her terrible new gift, the Dark Lord dispatches his winged monsters to capture her and bring him the embryonic magic she embodies.
Fleeing the minions of darkness, Elena is swept toward certain doom—and into the company of unexpected allies. There she forms a band of the hunted and the cursed, the outcasts and the outlaws, to battle the unstoppable forces of evil and rescue a once-glorious empire . . .
This is a book I read at the time in my life when things were very dark for me and that is the reason for my spotlight on this author and book. This is one of the books in which I give credit to for my love of fantasy.
James Clemens, AKA James Rollins, started his writing career as a fantasy author. This was his very first published work. The story starts with two children in an apple orchard with a loving family and humble beginnings. Elena, the sister, is a young girl on the cusp of becoming a woman. She soon finds out that she holds a power that is ripening alongside her womanhood that may be the only thing standing between hope and a land destined for doom.
A tragic event throws Elena and her brother on an adventure that was not expected. We learn of there love for one another and how close they are just in time for them to be pulled apart. A sister learning of an inevitable magic and a brother she is destined to return to, you can bet on this story becoming an emotional one. A fun adventure and a families love is my favorite part of this book in particular and what I am looking forwards to seeing more of throughout this Pentalogy.
Along side the adventurous story that carries classic fantasy tropes such as, “coming of age”, we are introduced to many different races of beings which include ogres, witches, elves, and more.
Altogether, this is an adventure that is unique, myths and lore to get lost in, and races you can be sure to relate to and get lost in their lore, if you love classic fantasy and the tropes offered by those books, be sure to give “Wit’ch Fire” and other James Clemens books a shot.