The Road to Nyn by Brian G. Michaud

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The Road to Nyn by Brian G. Michaud
Publisher: Self-Published
Genre: Sci-Fi/Fantasy, YA
Length: Full Length (269 Pages)
Age Recommendation: 10+
Rating: 4.5 Stars
Reviewed by Cyclamen

In a land where magic is outlawed, a young boy is living a double life. Although Kay is training to be a knight, he has been secretly studying the forbidden ways of magic with Alamin, a powerful but eccentric wizard.

When a band of goblins raids his village and enslaves his family and friends, Kay embarks on an adventure that takes him across the Kingdom of Gaspar and into the dark and treacherous caves of the Goblin Realm. What Kay doesn’t realize is that his journey is leading him on a collision course with the Lord of Nyn – a being so powerful that none dare face him…not even Alamin himself!

Kay is thrilled when he succeeds in the Squire Trials and advances from page to squire. But before he has a chance to find out what that means, goblins attack his village, enslaving his family and friends. Even though he wants more than anything to be a knight, he has been secretly studying magic with Alamin, a powerful and eccentric wizard, despite the fact that magic is forbidden. Without any hesitation at all, Kay sets out across the Kingdom of Gaspar, determined to rescue his family.

Kay is a very likeable young man, and he is accompanied by a mischievous sprite named Felix who is able to change his shape into a variety of creatures. The two of them set out with Alamin, but soon are on their own.

The story is filled with adventures, surprises on every page. Kay has never had a lot of success with his spells. They usually backfire on him, but now he needs to learn as quickly as he can. Along the way, Kay and Felix meet others, some of whom are helpful as others try to stop them. My favorite supporting character was Bibo, a Telok or tree person. He is very small and very scared, but he is determined to help, leading Kay and Felix to Nyn.

Tension mounts as Kay and Felix get closer and closer to the Lord of Nyn. I found that by the middle of the book I was totally unable to put it down. The author has done a fantastic job of picking up the pace as the book moves forward so that the conclusion is spine tingling and very suspenseful.

Readers of fantasy are sure to be thrilled by The Road to Nyn. The Kingdom of Gaspar is a wonderful place and I really hope that the author gives us even more adventures with Kay, Felix, and their friends.

Comments

  1. Hello Cyclamen,
    Thank you for your enthusiastic review of The Road to Nyn! I’m glad that you were able to connect with the characters – they are like friends of mine, and each one hold a special place in my heart.
    When I finished the story, I immediately realized that, though their adventure was complete, there was so much more to learn about Kay and his companions. I’m almost finished with the first draft of the second book and hope to release it by the end of the year. You can read more about it on my website (www.bgmichaud.com).
    I’d also like to share with your readers that I’m currently doing a blog tour and giveaway. They can register for a chance to win a $25 amazon.com gift card when they visit http://theroadtonyn.blogspot.com/.
    Thank you again,
    Brian Michaud

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