Book: The Call (The Silent War Book 1) by Eli Freysson
|4.7 stars based on the 3 most helpful Amazon reviews|
Eli Freyssonabout this book: The Call began as an experimental short story, and ended up as a my personal entry into the good old "Youngster discovers inner powers and gets involved in a larger conflict" genre of fantasy. Or more specifically, my chance to emphasise what I like about it, and sidestep the things I don't.
The Redcloaks, the heroine's mystically empowered people, began as a background element in my wider setting. I wanted to flesh them out a bit more and so wrote a short story about a young, clueless one meeting a seasoned elder. Everyone I showed it to liked it so much that I decided to make an entire story out of it, and the short now serves as the first chapter.
The Call is about Katja, a teenage girl who has always been haunted by strange dreams, and an even stranger instinct for violence and adventure. Restless, confused and despairing over what to do with herself, Katja finally gets answers shortly after slaying a marauding demon that attacked her village. They arrive in the form of Serdra, a mysterious woman with a young face and an old bearing, who displays an intimate understanding of Katja's nature and strange urges.
She offers Katja training, purpose, and at long last an outlet for her instincts. Katja follows her out into the wider world, and shortly afterwards an old malignancy stirs in her homeland. The latest chapter in the shadowy war for the world of mankind is beginning.
What the readers have to say:
• The sorcery and diverse magical powers are well developed, too, with creative takes on some old interests (the divinations and premonitions were my favorite) — Jeff
• Whatever the reason, I found myself genuinely caring for the characters – yes, even Hnut the horse... I also enjoyed the fight scenes. — Aly MB
• The Call is an action-packed adventure story which introduces a world and a protagonist that both have a lot of potential. — J Mcgrath
• Katja and Serdra bother were fantastic characters and so much fun to read. I don't think I can say enough good things about this book. — Ben Mariner
• The Call is an exciting fantasy adventure with magic, swordplay, fun characters and a well-imagined world. — Jmacyk
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