Daniel and Aidan have spent their lives apart from the rest of the kingdom of Castiglias and its subjects. For the last three years, they have been left with only each other for company since King Argyle’s men came and took their parents to be slaves. The boys’ survival has been dependent on the lessons learned from their parents, as well as their own unique powers.
When Argyle’s men come to take Daniel, Aidan uses his little-known gift to fight off the gathering party. He does so with only two goals in mind: to save his older brother from a lifetime of serving Argyle, and then escape together. Fleeing the only home they have ever known, they must avoid Argyle’s men, werewolves, and a fire-breathing dragon looking for an easy meal.
What begins as a fight to save one boy and then disappear unexpectedly turns into a battle against the evil forces of Argyle, a war that may affect the lives of not only the many children waiting to be taken, but the existence of the kingdom itself.
**I originally reviewed this for the Book Review Depot, but enjoyed the book so much that I also wanted to share it on our blog.**
Scepter is the tale of journey and self discovery. It starts with two brothers, Daniel and Aidan, and the defiance of one to save the other. Their voyage into the unknown leads them Olivia and Lilly and later to Atreyu and Halem.
It’s interesting to watch how each of the characters evolve and how their friendships develop. I love how the further they get from their homes the more their normal surroundings turn into fantasy. Stories they were told as little children seem to not have been stories; as myth becomes reality.
This book has everything from magic to unicorns, dragons, centaurs, fairies, and goblins. You never know what creatures they may run into next or what battles lay in their paths as they pursue their goal to end King Argyle’s collection of their people to use as his slaves.
The beginning is a bit slow and monotonous at times, but it’s a very interesting read. Although, I have to admit I was just getting into it and excited about what else they’d come across when it ended. Guess I’ll have to wait and see where else their journey will lead.
Oh, and I can’t forget…love Custos!
My Favorite Moment: I love it when Aidan introduces Custos to both Olivia and Lilly. Their reactions are priceless!
My Favorite Mystical Creatures: The Centaurs, mainly Shon and his daughter, Samantha. I hope to see them again as the story continues.
Overall, I give this 4 stars!
You can find Scepter by Scott L. Collins on Amazon.