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Talisman Of El is an interesting young adult fantasy novel. The opening chapter introduces mystery and fills you with questions that you have to keep reading to find out more about. As we meet Charlie, he seems like a relatively normal 14 year-old boy although with a sad backstory, having lost both his parents and starting school in a new area.
As the book progresses, more is revealed about Charlie and his new guardian, Jacob and it leads to an adventure which ties into the characters and events of the prologue. The plot is filled with magic and mystery and set across different worlds.
I think that this is a simple to read teen fiction story. I would perhaps recommend this book to readers just under the YA market, and the 13/14 age range. The story touches on a range of subjects and themes such as family, love, loss and faith and mythology. All of the characters have their own unique personality and flaws which make them interesting to read about. The tiniest niggle I have with the plot, from the early pages is, why does Charlie, a teenage boy who has lost both parents, need a wake explained to him? Especially when it goes on to say that he’s attended one. A tiny thing, but I felt talked down to as I read that bit. The events for Talisman Of El are completed in this novel but I feel that there is more to come from Charlie in other books.
WHAT IF YOUR WHOLE LIFE WAS A LIE?
One Planet.Two Worlds. Population: Human ... 7 billion.Others ... unknown.
When 14-year-old Charlie Blake wakes up sweating and gasping for air in the middle of the night, he knows it is happening again. This time he witnesses a brutal murder. He's afraid to tell anyone. No one would believe him ... because it was a dream. Just like the one he had four years ago - the day before his dad died.Charlie doesn't know why this is happening. He would give anything to have an ordinary life. The problem: he doesn't belong in the world he knows as home. He belongs with the others.
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