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Aeligon watched until the elf disappeared into the tall oaks of Mernith. He stepped back into his one room house and sat for hours in
silence. The fire of the hearth reflected in his eyes as many thoughts and visions roused in his mind.
His time had come.
He rose and packed some provisions into a cloth bag. A leather case draped his shoulder with books, pouches containing an assortment of powders, concoctions, and various other trinkets. Out of his closet, he drew a long glimmering sword, Reaper, and his staff. He shunned the customary pointy hat of the wizards, and instead kept his shoulder length hair tied back and covered with the shroud that accompanied his cloak.
The trees of Mernith’s final vision saw their Healer and Protector riding out against an approaching darkness, one that crept toward them from the northeast. Aeligon’s path was east, crossing the Tunin to search the ruined fortress that had been reclaimed by a waking evil. Aeligon knew that Haarath had seen enough in the mirror to guide him in his unholy ambition, thus necessitating Aeligon’s own haste.
Shirley Johnson, Senior Reviewer, Midwest Book Review
What is it like to live in a world that has elves, giants, and other beings? What is it like to realize that you must fight an evil so great that it is threatening to destroy all that you hold dear? This is the world, or plane, that Aerinas, son of Tristandor, lives in.
A young man who is thrust into a destiny that he never dreamed existed will battle forces that he never imagined were real.
This is a story that many young readers will really be able to sink their teeth into.
Full of all the things they love, such as giants and elves living in the trees, mysterious lands and creatures, this is truly a book for the adventurous that they will not be able to put down.
In this first of three books we find young Aerinas being rebellious to his leader father, but perhaps a force is driving him to do what he is doing, and his father, although concerned about him, senses he indeed has a destiny. As we travel along with young Aerinas, more is revealed concerning his future and the forces that he has been chosen to overcome.
This is a great work for young people. It is filled with all the things they love: strange lands and not-of-our-world characters. They will be pulled into the story, and will sigh when they realize this book is just the beginning of an adventure they will have to follow from beginning to end.
Good work! Recommended!
A.M. Stickel, Deep Magic online e-zine
Aerinas, heir to Tristandor, Elf-Lord of Mynandrias, is unhappy with his role. Longing for travel and adventure, he resents his overprotected status. The forbidden fortress of El-Caras provides his opening challenge. This initial scene of CHRONICLES OF THE PLANESWALKERS shows to what lengths a restless youth will go to satisfy his dreams. Under the fledgling efforts of B. T. Robertson, whose first published fantasy this is, Aerinas progresses through a series of trials with death, in various villainous guises, literally snapping at his heels. Along the way, the elfin musician-turned-warrior finds strength and compassion amid companions fated to join him in defense of their plane (Vaalüna). More of this mission will be revealed in later books.
Sprites of the Hollow Wood are the Krayn elf's first saviors, helping him survive a direwolf attack. Next to aid Aerinas, the healing wizard, Aeligon, and his odd conjuror apprentice, Pux, provide both a healthy dose of common sense and comic relief. The humorous history of Aeligon's association with Pux contrasts with the unhealthy one between the foul, ambitious Sorcerer Haarath, and his fearful servant, Benafor. The shape-shifting Spirit Folk, led by the Lady Seer, Krüna, lure and test Aerinas to prove him worthy of his calling. As champion of his plane, he must lead the good fight against the evil spawn of the Nether. Including goblins, direwolves and insectoid Cray, these are ruled by the Warlock Hydrais (or Calaridis, an incarnation of the Dark Lord, Wrantha) thought defeated in the Great War. Hydrais' Mirror, once sealed by Aeligon's magic within the ruins of El-Caras, makes those like Haarath his tools by letting them glimpse other, less wholesome planes.
King Hrathis and his giant allies, led by the mighty Farrin, are introduced in a back story, and then become a major factor in Aerinas' quest, as do a select group of his Krayn friends, including his lordly father. Aerinas, who also reflects his mother Nimoni's high-strung artistic temperament, does not accept his father's inclusion with good grace. He is closer to his father's horse, Jjnasi, his roc ally, Wesnoc, and the Krayn maiden-warrior, Ithyllna.
Peripheral, yet key, to the story is the stolen Elfstone, Sheevos, in which the Light resides. Mortwar, a talented tracker hired to recover the Elfstone, must pit his skills against Hydrais' hireling, Callaway, in the disreputable port city of Drameda. Robertson is at his best in describing the tavern and wharf settings. His oft-abused passive voice and third person omniscient point of view actually work in these scenes, and make for an enjoyable read. Quite at home with dialog elsewhere in the text, he shines here, particularly in dealing with the rival ships Demovon and Arünir, and their crews.
The second edition of PART ZERO far exceeds the first, which had only the excellent artwork to commend it. The artists' elves, giants, monsters, maps, weapons (and more) ably abet the author's vision, and helps earns the edition 3 lamp posts. NO OBJECTIONABLE MATERIAL.
Algorath, Fantasy Book Spot online
When asked to review this novel by the author on our forums I was a little timid. I have never heard of B.T. Robertson before that day and so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was very surprised to delve into a world of evil, adventure, and memorable heroes. After centuries of peace and prosperity a great evil is arising to reclaim its lost empire of Vaalüna, the plane where all living beings exist. One elf, Aerinas, is chosen to lead the world into its salvation, but will he grudgingly accept his destiny or allow the world to spiral into unending chaos?
For B.T Robertson’s first fantasy novel it was a great success in my opinion. For a new author Robertson knows how to pull a reader in, starting the novel with an immediate action sequence. This action packed beginning drew me in and began to form a relationship with the reader and the main character Aerinas. The plot of this story maintained its adventurous feeling and held my attention adequately.
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|Reviewed by Nicole
|You have a great imagination and a wonderful way with words...TALENTED! Keep up the great work...I can't wait to read more.|