Genre:Young Adult Epic Fantasy
Blurb:Aside from his outward appearance, Kobi is a normal thirteen-year-old boy. Living with his mother, his father, and his identical twin brother, Raili, with whom he spends most days at the cove watching dolphins and whales feed, he is happy with his life just the way it is. But his fourteenth birthday is coming and Kobi has no idea how much his life is about to change.
When Raili is pulled through a puddle in the floor of their second floor bedroom by a monster armed with poisonous, spiked tentacles, Kobi goes in after him. What he finds isn’t Raili, but a new world all together, buried beneath the ocean. With a bounty on his head that has been there since he and Raili’s birth, Kobi will have to learn to fight or die before he can be reunited with Raili again. Everything he knew to be true was a lie.
People he loved and trusted are not who they seem. He isn’t the normal boy he thought himself to be. A transformation is coming. Raili is gone. Blood is shed. Traitors lurk, waiting for their chance. War is inevitable. The fate of the world of Airion rests in his hands. The Wise one speaks. Failure is certain.
This is a coming of age tale of twin boys Kobi and Raili who are mysteriously taken to another world and immediately separated. Kobi desperately tries to find his twin, worried that something dire might have happened to him. He meets a local named Kaiyen who is more than willing to help Kobi find Raili.
Kaiyen introduces the new world and its many creatures to Kobi as they travel through to Zire. A place it turns out the twins have a familial connection to.
Kobi learns that his twin Raili has been captured and that they may have been betrayed by someone close. He has to find his brother before their fourteenth birthday when they are to come into a magical power which could be controlled by the wrong people. With war threatening on the horizon two nations will be looking at Kobi and Raili to see if the prophecies about them are true or not.
I enjoyed reading Airion: Return to Zire, as it followed the twins who landed in different parts of their new world. Kobi in Zire and Raili in Cella, two nations who may be going to war, this creates for an incredible twist which makes for an incredible adventure.
This is a fantasy you can easily slip into and enjoy. I’ve always found fantasies that involve families, destiny and war, stories that I’ll come back to and re-read as they have a different narrative and quality about them. Airion: Return to Zire is a book that will be staying in my library and its sequel Airion: Light and Dawn will soon be keeping it company.
“Although I didn’t fully commit to making writing my life’s work until my sophomore year of college, I have always been a writer at heart. I was the only student in class to get excited about school papers, even asking to write a few for extra credit on occasion. I graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington with a degree in Creative Writing – Fiction. After graduating, I moved to Japan where I wrote most of my debut novel, Airion: Return to Zire and all of my second novel Airion: Light and Dawn – the first two of a four book series. Japan was a peaceful place to just sit and write, but life in Japan was also filled with adventure. However much I loved it there, I had to return home to do what I love most. Write.”
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