Mystic is the start of an enchanting new epic fantasy series from Jason Denzel, the founder of Dragonmount.
I called to the Myst, and it sent us you.
For hundreds of years, high-born nobles have competed for the chance to learn of the Myst. Powerful, revered, and often reclusive, Mystics have the unique ability to summon and manipulate the Myst: the underlying energy that lives at the heart of the universe. Once in a very great while, they take an apprentice, always from the most privileged sects of society. Such has always been the tradition-until a new High Mystic takes her seat and chooses Pomella AnDone, a restless, low-born teenager, as a candidate.
Commoners have never been welcomed among the select few given the opportunity to rise beyond even the highest nobility. So when Pomella chooses to accept the summons and journey to Kelt Apar, she knows that she will have more to contend with than the competition for the apprenticeship.
Breaking both law and tradition, Pomella undergoes three trials against the other candidates to prove her worthiness. As the trials unfold, Pomella navigates a deadly world of intolerance and betrayal, unaware that ruthless conspirators intend to make her suffer for having the audacity to seek to unravel the secrets of the Myst.
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Denzel, best known for his founding of a preeminent Robert Jordan fan site, builds a solidly enjoyable debut on the backs of traditional epic fantasy elements. Sixteen-year-old Pomella AnDone is overjoyed when she's called to compete for the position of apprentice to the newly appointed High Mystic, Yarina Sineese. Normally this honor is granted only to nobles, and failure would mean ostracism and exile from her community. Defying centuries of tradition, Pomella sets forth to prove herself. As she competes in the Trials, where she demonstrates her mastery of the magical Myst, she deals with the scorn of her noble opponents, and her own doubts. Then her longtime friend Sim is captured by mercenaries as part of a sinister plan to disrupt the Trials and seize power. The bildungsroman plot is familiar, but Denzel's strong worldbuilding and descriptions help to flesh it out, and Pomella's manipulation of the Myst through song gives the story a poetic feel. This fantasy adventure is clearly inspired by the classics but still finds something new to say.
A Story for Young or Old
Within a few paragraphs the reader finds themselves captivated by a story well told and intriguing.
Not a bad debut
An ok paint by numbers book that's appropriate for the u14 age group. Not a bad debut- to be sure- but nothing to separate it from the crowded genre.