Elai nelson and the Storm on the Sand by Michael Ban
Published by Michael Ban Books on October 28, 2018
Series: Fire on the Clouds Trilogy, #2
Genre(s): fiction, adventure, fantasy, young adult
Format & Length: e-book, 426
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So, you think you had a bad day? Let me tell you about mine. My parents got murdered. The ones from Earth who’d adopted me as a kid, as well as the ones I was born to, on another planet. I was chased and almost killed by assassins. I crossed an inter-dimensional portal and found myself on a strange new world. I met some dwarves with the worst dress sense I’d ever seen. I found out that it was somehow my job to save the world from some great evil. And I almost got killed by assassins, again. Yes, that was my Monday. How was yours?
It’s hard enough being a teenager. It’s insanely hard for a teenager who spent most of his time with a keyboard and a mouse to suddenly have to handle a sword and fight monsters. While having a crush on a couple of really beautiful girls who are way, way out of my league. And don’t even get me started about the ships. Great big sailing ships, smelly fishing boats, flying ships. Been there, done that, fell off a couple of them. Did I tell you that I was put in command of a small army? Yes, I was, and I promptly messed it all up. Lots of people died because of me. So now you know, teenagers don’t make great army generals.
But, after all that, I’ve been given a chance to redeem myself. To try to fix things. The big horde of monsters that I got my ass kicked by the last time? They’re still around, and meaner than ever. But I’ve been given a second try to stop them, and I’m sure as heck not going to waste it. Deserts, rivers, flying monsters, thieves, assassins, vicious bankers. None of that’s going to stand in my way. I’m going to finish the job, even if it’s just me and my trusty talking sword.
Elai Nelson and the Storm on the Sand is the second book in a young adult fantasy trilogy, 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. The first book, Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child, is available on Amazon and other merchants.
Elai Nelson and the Storm on the Sand is the second book in the Fire on the Clouds trilogy and picks up just after the first book left off. There will be no spoilers for either book in this review.
“All I’m saying is, I hate Mondays.”
Fans of the first book, Elai Nelson and the Prophecy of the Child, will enjoy the continuation of fantastical elements and humor as they follow Elai in his adventures. The events from the first book are recapped at the start to help reacclimatize the reader with the story, which was helpful for me as it had been a few months since finishing the Prophecy of the Child. And the pop culture references continued to add relatability and fun to the story.
The plot in this installment was full of action with pacing that remained consistent throughout. Elai’s character showed great development here as well, which was fantastic to see. This book also finished at a clearer ending point and felt more neatly wrapped up than the first book. The structure of this book as a whole was definitely a bit stronger.
In the end, I had a lot of fun reading Elai Nelson and the Storm on the Sand. Readers who aren’t necessarily in the market for beautiful prose but want an entertaining young adult fantasy story will probably find this to their liking. And I’d definitely recommend anyone who enjoyed the first book to continue on with the trilogy. I, for one, am looking forward to see how it all ends in the final book!
*Thanks to the author for providing a copy of this edition in exchange for an honest review.