zaterdag 14 december 2013

Book Review The School of Ministry: Windgate

Title: The School of Ministry: The Windgate (Book One)
Author: Braxton Cosby
Genre: YA/NA Paranormal Fantasy


A young man named Ziv struggles to find his place in life after both of his parents are murdered. Orphaned and alone by the age of six, he bounces in and out of foster homes hopeless and afraid, wondering if he will ever find a path to happiness. He resolves to accept a life of depravity, until one day he discovers he possesses the gift of sight: to see creatures from the afterlife, but not angels...demons! Ziv is recruited by The School of Ministry, a secret society that promises to help him find his best friend Stephanie, who has gone missing. But there is one catch: he must agree to join them in their quest to eradicate evil and protect the weak. Ziv learns that he is a "Conduit," which allows him to cross over into the spirit world and transcend time itself. When he is partnered with two other young men who have similar gifts, the unlikely trio is trained in the mastery of weapons and the art of Shouting, during treacherous challenges of the tortuous Quad in preparation for their mission: to secure the Windgate. An untimely love triangle clouds Ziv's judgment,  forcing him to choose between the love of his life and the new female interest Evan. Ziv becomes entrenched in a quest of identity, love, and will, until he comes face to face with pure evil itself--Akabod, the spiritual prodigal son to the School of Ministry and a master of talents.

What impressed me the most about this book, was Ziv's progress. He starts insecure and afraid of everything, but grows up to be an impressive young man. The book reminds a little of Harry Potter in style and theme. Ziv has the gift to see demons, and is recruited by The School of Ministry: a secret society that protects humans from evil.

Ziv is a "Conduit", which means he can cross over into the spirit world. Along with two others, he's trained to become a weapon''s expert. They must defeat many challenges, and meanwhile, Ziv has to figure out who he truly is, and who he wants to be, while evil lingers around every corner.

The book is filled with impressive world building and characterization. Ziv's world has several layers, customs and beliefs that make it stand out from ours. Even if there was a love triangle - which I'm generally not fond of - it worked here.

A great read for fans of fantasy. 

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