The story opens when Abe is a teenage Spellbringer – a magic race that is a cross between humans and faes. After a near indiscretion with a human, Abe’s father sends him away to the Spellbringer’s academy to learn to be a warrior, even though Abe would rather be a veterinarian (a bookish career his father looks down on). His time there flies by and soon he’s graduated and on assignment in Africa. And then he comes face to face with a demon. In a fit of rage, he kills the monster and is labeled a hero. But was it really heroism that led him to defeat the demon, or did he just snap?
I wasn’t sure what to expect from a prequel about Abe – the father of Jase and Bryce from the Spellbringer’s series – but from page one I actually forgot that he was their dad. Abe is just as interesting and complex as his sons in the main series, and I found myself quickly turning digital pages to find out what would happen next. I enjoyed reading about events that are mentioned, or in some cases just hinted at, in the series, and felt like this filled in a lot of gaps. There’s also a nice romance between Abe and Jerrica and, though I knew how it would turn out, I enjoyed seeing how it got there.
As usual, Tricia’s writing is delightful – no watched words, no paragraphs I had to skim or skip, just well crafted and creative storytelling. I can’t wait for part 2!