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Thursday, October 20, 2011


Insight (Beholders, #1)
by Terron James

341 pages
Published July 30, 2011

Rumors are surging through Appernysia that a Beholder has been born, the first wielder of True Sight in over a millennium.

Seventeen-year-old Lon Marcs discovers he has been blessed—or cursed—with this gift. He cannot control the power of True Sight and feels it killing him with each passing day. After months of desperate attempts to survive, Lon’s situation becomes more hopeless. He realizes that the only people who might possess the knowledge to save his life are the sworn enemies of his king. To obtain their help, Lon would have to leave behind his family and beloved Kaylen.

Although this is the hardest decision Lon has ever made, it is only the first of many that will test his strength and challenge his interpretation of right and wrong.

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This was an interesting read. I have to admit, it didn't hold my attention at first, and I'm not sure why. However, as I got into it, I found myself more involved with the story.

The story is mainly about Lon, but I wish there was more of Kaylen and Mellai---although, from the ending of the book, my guess is that the next book will be about Mellai, so that makes me happy. ;)

Like any good high fantasy, we have a protagonist with an internal struggle, a desire to improve things, something that sets him apart from those around him, and a quest. All the characters are believable and likeable (or hate-able, as the case may be). The "enemy" isn't evil, they just have a different view of how things should be. The history of this world is well thought out.

My favorite part? The last 8 lines.

4/5 stars

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