Thursday, March 12, 2015

Zephyr The West Wind by R. J. Tolson (Chaos Chronicles #1)

Zephyr The West Wind
by R.J. Tolson

My rating: 5 stars

Series: Chaos Chronicles - Book 1
Publication Date: August 20, 2012
Publisher: Universal Kingdom Print
Genre: YA Epic Fantasy
Print Length: 456 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble


Seventeen years ago, in the island village of Dentro, lived a large and powerful demon. With just a howl, mountains were obliterated. With the help of an outsider, the chief of Dentro destroyed the demon and sealed its dark power within three powerful ancient weapons: a spear, a shield, and a sword. After leaving the unwelcoming village, the man who had helped destroy the demon took the sword in an effort to keep the village and its people safe.

Months later, a villager bore the son of the outsider. Carrying the child of a stranger was in violation of a sacred village law, and everyone knew whose child the boy was. Born into a village filled with hateful people, Zephyr grew up not knowing why he was so hated. With no friends, and eventually no family after the passing of his mother, Zephyr was forced to survive by himself as an outcast.

Zephyr's only wish was to make his mother proud and force the village to recognize him--while surviving in a world filled with demons, paranormal abilities, love, hate, and undiscovered lands.

My Review
Zephyr The West Wind by R. J. Tolson

Fantasy is like spaghetti sauce, everyone loves it, but it isn’t that often that the ingredients used are to everyone’s liking, no matter the age! Geared toward young teens and YA readers, Zephyr: The West Wind by R.J. Tolson is an invitation to fall into the story and be one of the characters, living and breathing the same air as Zephyr, no matter your age. In a cold and harsh world filled with demons, supernatural gifts, barbaric tests of adulthood, small minds and hearts, one boy struggles to stand tall and do the right thing, in spite of his outcast standing in his village.

Zephyr has only known contempt by his village, all for an accident of birth that he had no control over. Few were kind, most were cruel, yet he chose to act the way he wanted to be treated. Would it be worth it? Survival after the death of his mother was harsh, but he vowed to her to be a good person and to make her proud.

Leaving his village, Zephyr’s journey will take him into a world that recognizes him as the man he is, as he meets friends, allies, mentors and even evil. Will he continue to use his powers against evil? Will he finally earn the respect of his people or will his need to do the right thing and protect the defenseless trump his need for acceptance? In his travels to learn to accept himself and to discover who he really is, he becomes aware of his role in the world, but no man is an island and learning to trust the right people may be a difficult choice when things look bleak. More importantly, he must learn to trust and believe in himself.

R.J. Tolson has mastered storytelling, building a fantasy world that feels both ancient and contemporary by combining age old issues with the magic of make-believe. Youth can be a time when everything seems possible, unless someone is standing on your feet to hold you down. R.J. Tolson gives Zephyr the freedom to shine, grow and still feel the insecurities of being young. Even his budding romance is portrayed from the eyes of youth.
Wonderful writing, brilliant plotting and a harmonic flow make Zephyr’s tale a shining gem for younger readers and adults, alike.

I received this copy from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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