Today’s Self-Published Saturday feature is The Search for Synergy, the first book in The Talisman Series by Brett Salter. As always with self-published books, be sure to leave a review if you decide to read it. Reviews are extremely important for self-published authors who have to do all of their own marketing.
#BOOK REVIEW: The Search For Synergy
Rome is a 14 year old boy who suddenly finds himself seeking out fire and danger. When he accidentally sets the neighbor’s tree on fire in an unusual way, he catches the eye of a schoolmate, Julian. Julian begins watching Rome closely and soon discovers what he suspects is true. Rome is a dragon, and Julian will be his knight counterpart, once they achieve Synergy and get their full power. They are descendants of dragon and knight families of old. Together, they can save the world from dark forces that are coming. Rome soon meets Mr. Jones, who has been training Julian for this moment since he was seven years old, and they begin to try to unlock the secrets of Synergy.
The whole concept of hidden dragon and knight families with special bonds and powers from the time of King Arthur is exciting and interesting. The beginning 30 percent or so of the book is spent on Rome learning about who and what he truly is. Then the first epic battle between good and evil happens, and it is awesome. I enjoyed this hidden world where dragons are real and live among us, knights are still training to save the world, and evil creatures keep trying to break through into Earth from the void.
The friendship and bond between Rome and Julian is believable and fun. The evil creatures we’ve seen so far, the Garms, are powerfully described. Rome’s fantastical transformation is a joy to read and experience along with him. This start to The Talisman Series reminds me a little bit of Harry Potter, The Lord of the Rings, and The Chronicles of Narnia. I am looking forward to reading the next book in this series, Riders of Fire and Ice.
Although I have seen this book described as middle grade fiction, which would be roughly ages 8 – 12, I think kids under the age of 13 should read it only with parental supervision, and I would categorize it as young adult instead of middle grade. The battles with evil creatures could be scary for young kids, and the fact that Julian has been trained by Mr. Jones since he was seven and the two of them keep a lot of secrets from his parents set off some alarms for me.
Even as someone who is in her 50’s, I truly enjoyed the start to this young adult series. After all, as C.S. Lewis said, “No book is really worth reading at the age of 10 which is not equally—and often far more—worth reading at the age of 50 and beyond.”
I have rated this gem of a book four and half stars, rounded up to five on sites without a half star option.
I downloaded a copy of this book on Kindle Unlimited where subscribers can read it for free.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Brett Salter’s background in writing stems mostly from the inspiration he found as a kid in Fantasy and Sci-Fi books. These include The Chronicles of Narnia, The Xanth Novels, The Time Quintet, The Lord of the Rings Trilogy, and everything from Shakespeare to Dr. Seuss. In his formative years, he joined several punk rock bands and wrote songs, poetry, and short stories aplenty. As an adult he took on a dare and wrote The Talisman Series. He has published four books in this series so far: The Search for Synergy, Riders of Fire and Ice, Windy City Ruins, and The Battle for Verdana.
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