Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Good Triumphs

The Road to Nyn is a fantasy novel written by a new author, Brian G. Michaud.  The story will remind you of J.R.R. Tolkien’s writing. Like Tolkien, Michaud has created a fantasy world where the characters are believable, and I don’t only mean that the human characters are believable, but so are the fairies, dyads, goblins et al.   The detail and pace bring life into the story.  
The author manages to travel to Nyn with the reader.  From the beginning when Kay almost loses the tournament, due to skullduggery, the reader cares about this character.  In fact, Michaud shows the good in all the good characters, making you love them.
The story begins with a quest.  It’s a very noble quest—to save the people of Devonshire: Kay’s parents and sister, along with the others, who have been captured to serve as slaves to the goblins, in the land of Nyn.  Kay sets off with the wizard, Alamin, a dog and a fairy.  Their adventurous travels take various twists and turns.  At times, you may need to put the book down, but you can’t.  You have to see what happens next.
It’s a Tolkienian journey.  It’s a classic story between good and evil.  Kay and friends fight and win over the evil Lord of Nyn, and his goblin friends.  It’s not a spoiler to tell the reader that good triumphs over evil, because that’s the way it should be. 
There is even a budding love story in the works.  The Road to Nyn has it all: feats of daring do, adventures, twists, and a happy ending.  The story is in achieving the end.  Kay, who in the beginning, gave up his dream of becoming a knight, proves through his quest, that he has all the prerequisites to become a knight. 
Although this book will be found in the Young Adult section, adults will find it compelling, too.  The characters are endearing.  The story is classic.  The pace is fast.  The dialogue is real.  The plot’s imaginative twists and turns are magically skillful.  The ending is as it should be.
Let’s hope Brian Michaud will pen another tale, soon.  
Prices/Formats: $2.99 ebook, $8.99 paperback
Pages: 266
Release: November 2013
Publisher: self-published
ISBN: 9781493545551

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