The author sent me a copy of this book (mobi format) in exchange for an honest review (member of Rosie’s Book Review Team).
My rating: 4.4 of 5 stars
Luke Callindor was born into Windemere’s most decorated family of adventurers. Since his birth, he has been treated with the greatest amount of respect and awe. Now, with a lifetime of training and the reckless cockiness of youth, Luke has set out to prove that he deserves the admiration that comes from being a Callindor.
Luke gets his chance when he convinces a royal messenger to hire him to protect the heir of Duke Solomon. This future leader is secretly attending Hamilton Military Academy, an esteemed school run by the former mercenary, Selenia Hamilton. It is a dangerous secret mission requiring that Luke pretend to be an average student while keeping an eye out for any sign of danger. Unfortunately, Luke has no idea which student the heir is and a demonic assassin is already several steps ahead of him. Finding himself in over his head and constantly in trouble, the young warrior realizes that the only things he has on his side are some new friends and his unwavering courage.
Can Luke find and protect the heir while keeping his own head attached to his neck? And, can he avoid being suspended long enough to see his mission through to the end?
“Don’t look at me like that. I know exactly what I’m doing,” Luke declares, his jaw aching from chewing the tough rations. “Aside from the Lich and whatever shot at me, this should be easy. Besides, the heir could be killed if I hadn’t taken the job. So what if I lied about my experience? A person has to take opportunities when they get them. A few fibs used to earn an assignment to protect an innocent are a means to a noble end. So stop looking at me like that and go to sleep.”
The book introduces you to Luke Callindor, a young forest tracker on his quest to become a hero. He wants to be respected for his achievements, not only for his family name. He seizes the opportunity to protect Duke Solomon’s heir from evil – a task which is not as easy as it seemed. It is a story of believing in one’s abilities, finding out who to trust and cooperate with, and to survive. I will not tell you more about the story than shown in the Goodreads plot description. This would spoil the fun of reading this book yourself.
With Beginning of a Hero, Charles E. Yallowitz has created a compelling fantasy story of enduring in Windemere and its multitude of inhabitants like half-elves, gnomes, drites, ogres, zombies, snake fiends, and many more, identifying and saving an heir, and young love. Beginning of a Hero is an entertaining, gripping, and not too fast read, making you want to read more. I was drawn into the story right away. I felt quite close to Luke and everything that happened. All characters were believable with all their virtues and flaws. Beginning of a Hero is a great story not only for fantasy lovers; it is an ideal entry for readers who want to read fantasy for the first time. Beginning of a Hero is the first book of the Legends of Windemere series. [Prodigy of Rainbow Tower (#2), Allure of the Gypsies (#3), Family of the Tri-Rune (#4)]
This is a book to read again.
About the author
Charles Yallowitz was born and raised on Long Island, NY, but he has spent most of his life wandering his own imagination in a blissful haze. Occasionally, he would return from this world for the necessities such as food, showers, and Saturday morning cartoons. One day he returned from his imagination and decided he would share his stories with the world. After his wife decided that she was tired of hearing the same stories repeatedly, she convinced him that it would make more sense to follow his dream of being a fantasy author. So, locked within the house under orders to shut up and get to work, Charles brings you Legends of Windemere. He looks forward to sharing all of his stories with you and his wife is happy he finally has someone else to play with.
Connect with the Author:
Please take a look at my statement on reading in My train of thoughts on …reading. Now I am asking you. 🙂
My questions for you bibliophiles:
What about you? What did you think about Beginning of a Hero? Or – if you did not yet read Beginning of a Hero – are you now interested in reading it yourself?
My question for you cinephiles:
If Beginning of a Hero was filmed – who should direct it, who could you imagine as actors?
I am looking forward to reading your comments. 🙂