Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Citadels of the Lost by Tracy Hickman

Drakis and his friends narrowly escape from a skirmish with dragons (which aren't supposed to exist) to find themselves in a land they know nothing about.  They met the dragons when running away from an elven estate whose Aether Well (a source of powerful magic) they destroyed.  The group discovers underground caverns, abandoned cities, drakoneti (devilish half-human, half-dragon beasts),and startling secrets about each other.  Eventually, they meet a tribe living in this strange wilderness, and learn they must travel to the Citaldels in the lost city of Chelesta.  There they must reverse a Font (another name for an Aether Well) so the magic can flow out into the surrounding lands by completing the Font with a hidden Key.  The magic will repair the ruins of the civilizations of those who lived in the wilderness.  However, a conniving dragon seeks to keep the Aether trapped within the Font.  Drakis must fight through his troubled emotions to prevail against the rebel dragon and accept terrible truths.

This book was quite interesting.  The beginning was slow, as I have not read the first book in the series, but after a few chapters, I grew accustomed to the characters personalities, and found the book much more enjoyable.  At that point, I found it hard to put down. My favorite characters were the Lyric, who has the ability to become any character from their world's folktales.  She was also funny because the other characters would often get confused trying to figure out who she was at a certain time.  The two varieties of magic, Aether and Aer, were unique and intriguing, since Aether is a simply very condensed version of Aer.  This is a good book for people experienced in unraveling intricate plots and comprehending complex ideas.

Reviewer Age:13
Reviewer City, State and Country: Lake City, IA USA