Title: Aakuta: the Dark Mage Book 4 forgotten legacy
Exciting Read ... Recommended ... 5 stars
The narrative opens as Khador dismounts and gazes toward the mouth of a mighty river. The fertile river delta is to become Khadoratung; the capitol of Khadora. Khador plans to rule his land alone, no travelers other than traders will be allowed to cross mountains. From this beginning the reader is carried along on a quick paced romp including a young Torak soldier who has been chosen to accompany a caravan bound for Chantise. Netura is dismayed when he is told should an attack upon the caravan come he is to take no part in the battle, rather, squad leader Hira insists Netura must hurry and take word of the attack to Lord Marak.
With a view toward wreaking havoc; Jiadin armies have begin to penetrate the Khadoran clans. Vand’s emissary Karnic outlines an audacious plan. Brakas will assemble former Jiadin warriors. Karni will asume a leader in Omunga, Zygor must assume a leadership in the fourth clan. Marak, young lord of the Torak clan, would like nothing more than to live with the Chula and become a great shaman. This is not to be. An ancient scroll, a secret mage training field and the annual Assembly of Lords all figure in Marak’s plans. Although badly outnumbered Lord Marak volunteers his troops to stop the intruders. When Marak approaches the capital in hopes of securing assistance: Marak is dismayed to learn several powerful Khadoran lords are bent on assassinating him. Before long all the Khadoran lords are in league against him. Aakuta, a enigmatic male mage appears in Khadora. It is not long before he and Marak cross paths. Sakovan spies, a Fakaran thief, perfidy, disingenuousness, and plenty of action all accrue before Lord Marak makes sense of a tangled web of machination. The Three Sisters Mountains, attack, an escape, and the Vandegar Temple are part of the intrigue. Lords’ Council and the nomination of Lord Marak to an important office round out the narrative.
With Aakuta: the Dark Mage, Book 4 Forgotten Legacy writer Tuttle maintains his customary admirable writing in the exhilarative manner readers have come to anticipate. This vibrating tale seizes reader attention from the outset with a keenly focused account. Readers are propelled along on a breathless jaunt filled with first class dialogue, nicely interwoven plots, and a masterfully engineered story line in this narrative of struggle, treacherousness and conspiracy. Conflict abounds and is aptly resolved to reader satisfaction.
In each of his previous works Richard Tuttle’s abundant imagination has carried the reader on many an exciting journey filled with well portrayed, creditable characters, tart dialogue to move the tale forward, and deftly captured environment filled with exciting locations, situations and circumstance. Aakuta: the Dark Mage Book 4 Forgotten Legacy furthers reader enjoyment with people and lands introduced in the work all flourishing under Tuttle’s skillful pen.
Aakuta: the Dark Mage is a spine tingling read sure to please those who enjoy a good fantasy complete with quest, hero, magik and divertissement. This is an excellent choice for upper grade youngsters and young adult’s pleasure reading. All who enjoy the genre will find the work more than acceptable.
Enjoyed the read, happy to recommend.
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Author: Richard Tuttle http://home.earthlink.net/~richtuttle/
ISBN 0 9710897 4 9
reviewed by Molly Martin