Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child by Michael Ban
Published by author on February 11, 2018
Series: Fire on the Clouds Trilogy, #1
Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, young adult
Format & Length: e-book, 454
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Ever had one of those days when your parents get murdered by assassins from another planet, and your toothbrush tells you to head for an ancient castle, to shut down a dangerous inter-dimensional portal? Yeah, me too. That was last Monday.
Turns out, there’s a war going on in a land that I have to get to, through a portal to another planet. These big, mean monsters are rampaging all over, killing everyone in their path.
Apparently, I was born in that land, and some people think I’m the only one that can stop those monsters. Which is quite a laugh, actually, since I can’t even stop myself from being bullied on playgrounds.
So, armed with only my trusty schoolbag and a magical toothbrush, I head there to find out what destiny has in store for me.
Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child is a young adult fantasy book, charting the hilarious and whimsical journey of a 16-year old city kid, as he journeys through a mystical realm and battles enemies, humans and monsters alike, with his smarts, his courage, and a backpack full of toys.
Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child is a young adult fantasy adventure that starts with a talking toothbrush, assassins, and a portal to another planet. With a premise like that, this certainly had my attention!
With a talking toothbrush, a Chosen One trope, and a variety of other common fantasy elements, I have to believe this is intended to be a parody. And as such, it really works. Ban uses humor, wit, and loads of pop culture references to great effect, making this a lot of fun to read.
Although more plot based than character driven, Elai’s character is well thought out and charmingly flawed, beginning to show signs of a nice development arc towards the end of the book. The pacing was fairly brisk, faltering slightly in the middle when a lot of information about this new world is thrown on the reader, and picking up again in a race to the end. And the ending itself came quite abruptly, leaving off in a spot that didn’t quite feel natural.
Overall, though, I had a lot of fun reading Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child and I’m excited to see what happens next in the second book, Elai Nelson and the Storm on the Sand, expected out October 28, 2018. (Scroll down to see a cover reveal!)
*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this edition in exchange for an honest review.
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