Series: The Venerate Order #1
Published by Creativia on February 26 2018
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Also by this author: The Venerate Salvation
Strafe Rocknus has suffered hard losses in his life, but now things are looking up for the college graduate.
He has a sizzling girlfriend, good friends and a bright career ahead of him. But one day, Strafe awakes in a mysterious cavern, discovers an ancient artifact, and unwittingly ignites a war that spans two worlds: his own, and one he never knew existed.
With the abyss of the unknown before him, Strafe enters the swirling darkness. Desperate, he must navigate a new and hostile world on the brink of catastrophe, and learn the truth of who he is, while facing a darkness with the power to destroy everything Strafe has ever cared about.
Soon, he will discover that his greatest strength comes from those he fights for.
Strafe is the main character of this story, we find out that he is working with his best friend Gain, from the wrong side of the tracks, and his stunning girlfriend Yessa to try and build a bridge to bring surrounding towns together. He has a spirit wolf who is loyal and is constantly by his side (Sorry Troy I know he is a wolf but I just kept picturing a HUGE Saint Bernard dog instead!) called Brutus. When Strafe tries out their new design to slingshot over the chasm, he falls short and ends up in a secret cavern to where he is transported into another world in the midst of a battle, with weapons and an army not from his world.
The book was very fast pace which I loved, as it was actioned packed, betrayals (oooh) and there was never a dull moment, as we travel with Strafe and his new companions to save this new world. But not forgetting he is also trying to find his father and brother, save Yessa and Gain and get back to his mother. I loved the idea that the world Strafe is from, our world, war does not exist. That it is illegal to start a war, and then he is transported into a world where all there is battle and war, this is a huge adjustment for Strafe.
The chapters are a different character’s point of view, where we are introduced to them and their drive in the mission at hand. They have all suffered a loss of some sort which all motivates them in the war ahead. They all have an endearing personality, think Rousseau might be favourite due to his jovial nature and his own journey. I must admit I loved it when we were in Rousseau city with the pirates as they were speaking like proper pirates!
What I loved when I was reading this book is how it really did feel like it could be a Final Fantasy game (and I love those games)! I spent most of the book picturing the characters from the games in my head. In my head, I had Strafe as Tidus from FFX. Yessa reminded me of Yuna from FFX but I kept changing my mind. Professor Sighter reminded me of Auron from FFX. Gain, just to mix it up, reminded me of Sephiroth from FFVII. Roya was a tough one to call, and Zon and Rousseau well I am still working that one out but I have an idea who they could be.
It was interesting to learn the basis of the story which is basically a light vs dark, with the Guardian vs Nian. Again, a great premise for Final Fantasy. The imagery in the book felt like I could be playing a game (Square Enix where are you make it already!!) and some of surroundings and towns the Guardians visited sounded breathtaking. Just looking at the book cover gave that away!
I have also found out there is another book in this series (thank god) so I will be off to check that one out!
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