Medallion Press, Inc., 2006 - 668 pages
At age fourteen, Sylph Walker died in a car accident. That turned out to be only the beginning of her problems. She and her sister Lina awake to an afterlife, of sorts -- the world of Omega, ruled by cruel, squabbling, and nearly all-powerful Archmagi. When Lina finds a magical sword of immense power, she becomes the unwilling epicenter of the conflict. The sisters are forced to join the Circle Breakers, rebels sworn to prevent the tyrants from expanding their rule. Lina, bearing the ancient artifact, is hailed as the Liberator -- the latest in a long line of heroes expected to destroy the Archmagi. Sylph finds herself at the head of the rebel armies fighting to take back the land and the lives of its people. But what kind of a land is it? Is Omega really the world that lies beyond death? And who is the legendary Lightbringer, a being greater even than the Archmagi?
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - LibraryThing
This book is the perfect example of a great setup, but poor execution. It had all the makings of an excellent fantasy story, but fell short. I really did want to like this novel, but nothing ever really escalated. I wasn't thrilled, nor ever very suprised. It took me exactly where you would expect and didn't do so in a very enticing manner. It felt like a game of chess in a sense. While I do enjoy chess, you can't argue that it may not be a real exciting game. Similar to this book, which was largely based around these wars, felt like a game of chess. It was flat. No spikes of enthusiasm over the action. It just rolled on without any real bumps or even curves. For its size I felt like it had to get better. If i just read a little longer something was going to happen. Something I didn't expect. Something to make me excited. Nothing happened, and then it ended, in a similarily flat manner.
Review: ShinigamiUser Review - Goodreads
Very nice world building, and Wexler meets CS Lewis' definition of true fantasy. I did not feel the main character was 14, as is stated in the book. I think it would have worked a little better (for ...