By M. L. Forman
After hundreds of years without a true king, the desert land of Nezza is in danger of falling under the rule of a ruthless lord advised by an evil wizard with dark intentions. A desperate cry for help brings Alexander Taylor to this perilous land and sets events in motion that will require him to rescue an old friend from an impenetrable dungeon. Once in Nezza, Alex meets a new band of adventurers and joins them in their quest to find young Prince Rallian—the man destined to become the rightful king of Nezza.
In their path lies a deadly sand monster, a wise and insightful oracle, a massive army of illusions, and a host of lords and leaders ready to fight for—and against—the king of their land.
But a dark shadow threatens Alex’s every step. And in Nezza, a land where magic is feared and wizards are held in suspicion, Alex will have to be more wise and cunning than ever before if he and his friends are to succeed—or even survive.
So, I don’t know why I love these books. The writing isn’t the best, the characters can be stereotypical, and the plot is often rehashed from the popular fantasy novels of years past. I guess the reason I love this series is that it’s light and fun, the people are all about honor, and the place is magic. It just makes me happy to go into the world Forman creates, I love going there and feeling happy knowing that everything will work out for the best. Perhaps it’s because Mr. Forman takes familiar archetypes and puts them in a format we all recognize, and while predictable at times, we still love reading them! I love that for the most part everyone is good, with irritating qualities, but good and evil is pretty easily spotted. I can’t really say too much about the book without giving it away, just that Alex is getting better and better at being a magician, and we finally get the answers to a few mysteries in the first few books.
I give it a 3.5 out of 5