Markus McIntyre has faced every horror life can throw at him. He's endured loss, bullying, and poverty. When a mysterious man appears and offers Markus a way to escape his situation, he readily accepts, but just what does this deal lead to down the road? Will he obtain the happiness he's always sought, or will he only find more suffering?
This Urban Fantasy action story is very entertaining. Dominic does a good job of portraying the daily task of simple survival and the hopelessness, that young and homeless, Markus experiences and feels. The discovery of nascent powers is very disturbing and perplexing for the young hero.
The action scenes are pretty well plotted, the dialog flows nicely most of the time. Even though Markus keeps slipping into depression, he pulls himself out over and over. He uses those deep feelings to leverage his power multiple times. Markus is not a quitter! That makes him a hero in my book.
I award 4.0 stars to Earth (The Elementals Book 1), the score would have been higher except for the handful of spelling errors I found.
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Tags: YA, coming of age, family saga, supernatural power, martial arts, betrayal, adoption, fire, earth, native Americans, indians