Lavalieres by Nicholas Milano

Lavalieres by Nicholas Milano
Gem Haven Volume 1
Publisher: The Wild Rose Press
Genre: Action/Adventure, Contemporary, Sci-Fi/Fantasy
Length: Full – 151 pages
Age Recommendation: 14+
Rating: 4 stars
Review by: Orchid

Amid the drama of high school exams, social cliques, and personal relationships, Milo Sylph prepares himself for the biggest test of all. Lavaliere testing has begun and at the end of the day, only a select few will bond with a gem to harness their hidden potential. Each bond bestows a unique set of abilities on the user. Milo wants nothing more than to be one of those select few, a Lavaliere. However, desires often come with a price, and the true test will be far more difficult. His friendships, willpower and sense of self hang in the balance. As he strives to stand out from the crowd, will he lose himself along the way?

Milo gets into a fight immediately before the Lavaliere testing. He is unaware that this will change his life. His test goes off the scale and he bonds with a bloodstone, a rare bonding gem. Milo is unable to control the stone and this leads to him alienating his friends.

The successful Lavaliere candidates are taken to Gem Haven where strange things begin to happen.

There a few continuity problems, but they don’t detract from the story as a whole.

This book is magic with a twist. There is good and evil and all revolves around the Lavaliere gems. The new wielders of the gems must learn how to control them, but poor Milo finds his gem is controlling him. Hidden rooms, magic gems, battles, this book has it all. A good read.

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