If you enjoy young adult fantasy novels, then you’re going to want to pick up a copy of The Sapphire Flute, Book One of The Wolfchild Saga.
A white mage hasn’t been seen upon Rasann in over 3,000 years.
In the midst of a volcanic eruption miles outside of her village, Ember discovers she can see magic and change the appearance of things at will. Knowing her mother’s strong feelings against magic, Ember leaves home against her mother’s wishes so that she can attend the mage trials. Ember is kidnapped before she arrives, and in trying to escape, she discovers she has inherited her father’s secret–a secret that will put her in harm’s way.
At the same time, Kayla is given guardianship of the Sapphire Flute. The evil mage C’Tan has been searching for the flute for decades, and the sound alone is enough to call her. Kayla must find the flute’s birthplace in the mountains high above Javak.
The girls’ paths are set on a collision course…and C’Tan will do whatever it takes to keep them from fulfilling their destiny.
In this action-packed first installment of The Wolfchild Saga, readers are introduced to two strong-minded, independent young women whose paths are destined to cross. Ember doesn’t remember the death of her father when she was just a baby; but she knows Jarin’s death plays a huge role in why her mother has refused to let her attend the mage trials. Her step-father and step-brothers understand her better.
Kayla, on the other hand, is a gifted musician who gains guardianship of the Sapphire Flute, but is forbidden to play it. If C’Tan were to get hold of it, her wrath would be unleashed. She is motivated by her desire to restore honor to her family’s name and to meet the father she has never known.
The story of these two young women will capture your heart and mind. Once you pick up The Sapphire Flute, you will never want to put it down. Author Karen Hoover has blended an engaging story with multi-faceted characters and brought forth an adventure that will keep you turning page after page.
While the plot is excellent, this book’s strength definitely resides in its characters. The reader comes to care for Ember and Kayla. She’ll be able to understand the tense relationship between Ember and her mother. She’ll admire Kayla’s courage and determination. She’ll appreciate the people in Ember’s life who encourage her to fulfill her destiny, just as she will empathize with the difficult decisions Kayla is forced to make after taking on guardianship of the Sapphire Flute.
This book also ends on a powerful note, setting up the events that will take place in Book Two, which I hope is soon on the way.
Young adult fantasy doesn’t get any better than The Sapphire Flute by Karen Hoover!
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