Taken from his family for his safety at a young age, Tom Alerio endures a great deal of abuse in an orphanage waiting for his parents to come and bring him home. After a number of years, he receives a note that will change his life.
He meets two men in secret, late one night; he must choose one to follow, not knowing which the correct choice is.
He has mysterious dreams that seem to foreshadow critical events, he is attacked by people with magic powers, and finds himself in a private school dedicated to magic and martial arts.
I really enjoyed reading about Tom, he has a good heart and wants to do the right thing. However, he is full of angst about his past and doubts about his future. He learns that he has magical abilities in the midst of battle, which surprises him and all of his companions who are sworn to protect him.
Mr. Hoyt has created a wonderful world with a realistic mixture of good and evil. The action is well paced and the characters develop in a timely fashion. This fantasy world is well populated with many different characters. There are plenty of allusions to histories and relationships which provide nice texture to the story. There are some interesting plot twists that generate considerable excitement, and make it hard to put the book down.
The downside is there are numerous spelling errors, far more misplaced words than misspelled words. There are also a number of missing words. All of these together contribute to a rather bumpy ride at times, detracting from an otherwise smooth drive.
Rating: 3 stars, instead of 4, out of 5, because of the many spelling errors.