Received an ARC from Spencer Hill Publishing
978-1-937053-02-4 : Paperback
Author Daniel A. Cohen
Life can't get much better for Sam Lock. Popular, good-looking, and with a future as a professional football player. every guy at Stanton High School wishes he were Sam. That is, until his championship football game, when Sam accidentally links with an ancient source of energy known as the Veil and reveals his potential to become a powerful sorcerer.Sam is whisked off to Atlas Crown, a community of sorcerers who utilize the Veil as a part of everyday life. Once there, he trains beside a mute boy who speaks through music, an eternal sage who's the eyes and ears of the Veil, and a beautiful girl who's pretty sure Sam's an idiot. As it becomes clear Sam's meant for power magic-the most feared and misunderstood form of sorcery-people beyond Atlas Crown learn of his dangerous potential. An exiled group of power sorcerers are eager to recruit Sam, believing that he is destined to help them achieve their long-held goal. If they succeed, they could bring about the downfall of not only Atlas Crown. but all humankind.
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This was a very interesting book. It was not what I expected, but still very good. There is magic and different kinds of it from what your used to. I will have to say the reason it gets a 4x5 from me is the first half of the book is slow or it was for me. There was also a lot of information thrown at you, not all at once but spread out over the book. The world created is very well laid out and visual.
Sam is a great character. He is a normal High School boy and a football star for his team. I loved how the story played out for him. It didn't change his basic nature either. He reacted very much like a teenage boy would I believe. That made him awesome to me!
All of the other characters you meet in Atlas Crown are well thought out and not just bland background props. This is a really great action packed magical adventure!