One impulsive step, one ancient prophecy, and a family vacation on Earth becomes a journey to Teleria, a place where magic works and humans aren't alone. Teenager Jason Bennett, thought to be Jaben, a paradoxical figure foretold to hold the fate of the world in his hands, becomes the pivotal piece in a game between forces intent on reshaping Teleria. But is he a knight or a pawn?
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World of Walker
Jason Bennett never intended to change the world, his own or anyone else's. But when an ordinary family vacation sends the teenager to Teleria, an extraordinary world of might and magic, his arrival sets the wheels in motion on events that will change that world forever.
In Teleria, Jason is thought be Jaben, a paradoxical figure from ancient prophecy destined to save or doom the world. Through half-truths and misunderstandings, Jason gets caught in a dangerous tug of war between the ruling Circle of Nine and one of his own ancestors from three hundred years in his past. Adding to his dilemma, he finds himself at the center of a conflict between two of the Altered, a small group of godlike beings, one of whom is secretly aiding Jason's ancestor, violating a Covenant that has kept Teleria safe from their influence for over a millennia.
Unable to return home, Jason must learn to use power he isn't convinced he has, keep from triggering a war between the Altered that could devastate the planet, and survive the plans of some among the Circle who believe the prophecy calls for his death.
Not quite the summer vacation he had in mind.
From a Far Land takes the reader on a journey of honor and deception, betrayal and self-sacrifice, as Jason tries to figure out who is telling him the truth and who only wants to use him, before Teleria’s fate is sealed forever.
From a Far Land review - Two Ends of the Pen
Whenever a book starts out with the sentence, "The others will not know," I am immediately intrigued. Not know what? Who are the others? FROM A FAR LAND sets up this premise to draw the reader in, and boy, was I drawn into this story. The protagonist, Jason Bennett, is an 18-year-old American visiting his relatives in Scotland. Bored with the conversation around the dinner table about his ancestors, he goes off on his own to explore the countryside. What he finds, however, will change his life forever. Buried deep within an ancient stone building on his great-uncle's property, a light shines in a doorway and draws Jason to it. When he steps through, everything changes and he finds out that he is a pawn in a centuries-old battle between supreme beings in the Land of Teleria.
The author does a fantastic job of keeping the action moving. Just when I thought I had figured everything out, another plot twist is thrown into the mix. We learn about Reyga, the Emerald Loremaster, and Jason's guide in this strange land, the other Loremasters of the High Council, magical powers called dimsai, a Shanthi girl named Lenai, strange warrior beings and an event called The Devastation that somehow helped create the supreme beings.
Through half-truths and misunderstandings, Jason is plunged into a battle of words and wits between the High Council and the strange outcast Bodann. He must somehow make sense of each side's accusations about the other before it is too late and Teleria is catapulted into a full-scale war. Who is telling the truth and which side should he trust? Lenai does her best to guide and instruct Jason, but even she is not immune to the effects of the conflict between the supreme beings. To make matters even more complicated, Jason finds out that the High Council believes him to be Jaben, the one cited in an ancient prophesy; the being who has the power to either save or destroy Teleria. Not too much pressure for an eighteen-year-old.
The characters are well fleshed out, the action is non-stop, magical mysteries abound and there is a great battle. Really, what else would you expect from one of the best fantasies I've read this year? Highly Recommended.
My Review and Summary:
I enjoyed this read. I was worried after starting the book that this would be another basic story of a young one unknowingly finds and goes through a portal to a fantasy world, thinks they are dreaming, then finds there way home. As a portion of this is true, not all of it is. After I started getting into this fantasy world and learning more of it, I found I really enjoyed it. The history of the world is detailed out for you, with pieces left open, but great areas to grow with in the future books. Enough is given to understand the world and to build on as the book and future books go. I found I liked the premises of the way the world came to be how it is now, and it was easy for me to follow and understand.
The books started with a Prologue where there was something in the descriptive words I liked. The flow is nice and smooth here and the brief exchange caught my eye and made me curious. There are short sections through most of the book in which you know someone is watching or waiting, but you don't know exactly who. I wanted to get to see this character. And I did in the end.
The characters here in this story are unique. We have a variety and mix of races here along with dimsai, or magical, ability. And how all these races got to this world. It is all explained here. I did have a little bit of a hard time with the main character Jason at times though, but I can explain why he is the way he is too. He is an eighteen year old young man. He does have his moments where he rages, but it was the calm moments with complete understanding and trust that caught me off guard. I thought Jason was too understanding at the times that were big moments with heavy information. But this is also what makes him likable to the other characters, as he doesn't act as they would have thought he would. I really found I enjoyed the character Lenai and Crin. But the ones I liked the set up for and made me curious about are the Altered, the godlike beings.
A great mix of godlike beings, fantasy creatures, fantasy world, and magic. I would like to read book two to see where Jason and a few other characters go.
From a Far Land - Indie Book Blogger
This book is a perfect example of why I am reading Indie fantasy novels. Once I started reading I hated having to stop. I really enjoyed the characters and their interactions and thought an excellent job was done with the world and magic.
The story is about Jason an 18 year old kid who is visiting family in Scotland. He gets bored hearing all the stories his relatives are telling and decides to explore the woods on the family land. While exploring he comes across the ruins of an old building, but one of the doors inside is actually a portal to Teleria. When he arrives he meets a Loremaster (member of the ruling circle of elders) who begins to tell him the story of the world. 1500 years in the past there was a devastating war that changed everything. That event is used to explain the introduction of magic, the death of technology, and the creation of the new races.
I won't go into the actual storyline since I don't want to have any spoilers in my review. I really can't say enough good things about this book I loved every page. I can't wait for the two other books that are planned in the series.
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