4 out of 4 stars
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"To make matters worse, I was pretty sure I had fleas now. That was the last time I’d ever pet a monkey."
The life of the chosen one is not always glamorous. Cierra has known since she was five years old that she would one day embark on a quest to save the realms. As Keeper of the Key, she is the only one who can open the portals to the spirit realm, retrieve the pieces of the map to the King’s Staff, and recover the mighty scepter that can prevent the darkness from entering the realm of man. With the magic of the key, she has abundant power backing her mission, but only if she can learn to control the magic without destroying everything around her. With enemies ready to kill or capture her to prevent the recovery of the staff, will Cierra have the courage to continue the quest with all the odds against her?
The Search for the King’s Staff is the first novel in Sophia Davidson’s fantasy adventure series. The book provides the groundwork for Cierra’s character, and the reader comes to know and love her before her quest begins. She is tiny, but tough, fierce, and always ready to compete with her cousin in their ongoing sibling-like rivalry.
The author provides a solid foundation for the world that Cierra lives in as well as the nature of the quest, a little insight into the magic, and even some of the cultural traditions of Asrial. Davidson also did an excellent job of making Cierra very realistic. Unlike other chosen heroes, who instantly know the secrets of their magic or have perfect control, Cierra makes mistakes and doesn’t move on from combat unscathed. Early in the book, she experiences a traumatic event that continues to haunt her thoughts as the quest continues. Part of her journey becomes an emotional process of overcoming her fear and the PTSD-like symptoms that plague her. Cierra seemed more realistic to me because she didn’t simply walk away like she was invincible, and later had to come to a point where she trusted others for help.
There was nothing in particular that I disliked about the plot of the story, and I eagerly look forward to the next book in the series. Though I noticed less than ten errors throughout the 31 chapters of the book, I did stumble across a few awkwardly chosen synonyms, but I did not find them distracting enough to take off a full star. Therefore, a gladly give 4 out of 4 stars to The Search for the King’s Staff.
With action violence, magic use, and dragons of various species, this book is sure to appeal to fantasy readers of all ages. There were fantasy curses like “Vipen’s spawn!” used in place of profanities and no sexual content whatsoever. As the first of a proposed five- to six-book series, this book established a well-written plot with a lot of room for more character growth and adventure in the future books.
The Search for the King's Staff
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