The Awakening by Dorine White
(Excerpt from Goodreads) Nightmares really do come true, and for fifteen-year-old Kyler Birkwood, they are just beginning. Raised on a farm by his Aunt Martha, Kyler has no clue about the magical heritage swimming through his blood. When he discovers evidence of a mythical creature, a terrifying beast thought only to exist in fairy tales, his safe world shatters.
Left at a school of magic to hunt for clues, he is overwhelmed and disbelieved. As loved ones begin disappearing and Orcs roam the land, Kyler must undergo a journey that takes him from the High Courts of the King to the unknown forests of the East. His magic just awakening, Kyler is the lone hope for a world that will not listen.
Kyler Birkwood has spent the last five years living with his Aunt Martha while his parents travel the world. But one day he sees a gryphon and meets a talking wolf. His Aunt is afraid that this means that Mordrake is back and sends Kyler to the Conservatory of Magic to keep him safe. There Kyler learns about magic and his own abilities. He also faces the regular trials of schools; friends, bullies, and trying to fit in. He will have to convince everyone up to the king that Mordrake is back although no one believes him.
This is a great story full of magic, adventure, and friends. I really liked how Kyler as a typical kid. He whined, he complained, and he didn’t always do what he was told. But it was a great way to watch him grow and made him more believable. I really like Henry and Darcy. Smart loyal Henry was there to help out. Darcy is a strong willed princess that refuses to follow the norm and finds herself in trouble because of it.
The only down side I found to the story is everything wrapped up quick and nicely at the end. As a standalone book it was very good. I do hope that it will be a series because I do see lots of potential.
This story will appeal to younger teens to adults that like young adult stories. I loved this story and recommend everyone get a copy. Now I want to check out other books by Dorine White.
I received The Awakening for free from eBooks for Review in exchange for an honest review.