My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Sometimes there are books that come along which essentially define an author and raise them up head and shoulders above others. It’s safe to say that “The Wielders of Arantha; Book One: Pawns” is that book for Mr. Patrick Hodges. It is important to note that Patrick is already an award-winning author, but this is really a departure for him in terms of subject matter. It proves his incredible depth and complexity as an author.
Wielders puts you into the lives of Maeve and Davin. Not only are they mother and son, but they’re also humanities last hope for survival against the Jegg, a race threatening to take over the earth. In order to bring peace to their planet and win the war against the Jegg, Maeve and Davin head to another planet to find a mysterious energy source.
Try as they might, they are spotted by a local, Kelia, who has been drawn to them through her own inherited powers. Their chance meeting on this planet, far from earth, was in no way simply chance. One gets the impression, Maeve and Davin are not going home anytime soon.
Try as you might, it is impossible to put this book down. The characters leave there mark on you and the world Patrick builds is so intense you can see it easily in your mind’s eye.
You get the idea that “Wielders” is not simply just another book, but this is the first installment of something great. It has some elements of humor, the threat of global war, some of the best character building you will find, and it leaves you in a place begging for book two! Oh, did I mention an underlying romantic sub-plot?
Don’t be scared by all of this. There is a lot in this book, but it is woven together masterfully by Patrick.
I would stake my credibility on saying that this book will propel Patrick to a new platitude in his already excellent career as an author.
As I like to say in any review I do, don’t just take my word for it … check it out yourself!