Disclaimer: I received this e-book from the author. Thanks! All opinions are my own.
Book: The Search for Synergy
Author: Brett Salter
Book Series: The Tailsman Series Book 1
Recommended For…: middle grade, fantasy, dragons
Publication Date: May 20, 2017
Genre: MG Fantasy
Recommended Age: 10+ (some scary moments, violence, little gore)
Explanation of CWs: There are some scary moments in the book that might be a bit much for some readers. There is also some violence and gore in it.
Publisher: Indie Published
Synopsis: “The Search For Synergy” is the first book in The Talisman Series by author Brett Salter. It follows the exploits of two middle-school boys, Rome Lockheed and Julian Rider, as they transition from normal kids into epic warriors fighting for the existence of the Earth realm. Rome is secretly a fire dragon from the Den of Volcana placed under a spell which hides his true form. Julian is an oddball, up-and-coming knight with a case of the “try-hards”. Together, they perform an ancient pact which bonds their lives and souls forever. Under the tutelage and guidance of an eccentric, local librarian, Mr. Jones, the two learn of an impending invasion from an archaic evil desperate to invade from the other side of The Void.
Review: I really liked this middle grade book. I thought it was something that a real middle grader would enjoy and that would have some aspects that especially boys would enjoy (drawing from what my cousin had told me he wanted in a book when we were in middle grade and he was struggling to find books he enjoyed). I thought the character development was well done, the world building was spectacular, and the pacing was really good as well. I also liked the plot!
However, there are some more adult themes and words in this book that some parents might want to look at before they let their kids read it (I’m more of a “age doesn’t define what kids should be reading” type of person, but everyone is different).
Verdict: It was great!