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The Awakened: Book Two

The Awakened: Book One by Jason Tesar

 

Returning to his home city of Bastul, Kael finds the Southern Territory of the Orudan Empire under invasion. As he races to unravel the secrecy of the enemy’s identity, he becomes entangled in a brutal conspiracy to gain control of the government.

After years of collaboration with the Resistance, Maeryn coordinates the covert exodus of the entire slave population of Bastul. Along their treacherous journey to the capital city of Orud, she is faced with the pressures of leadership as she attempts to protect her daughter and ensure the survival of her companions.

Saba, held captive by a mysterious military force, escapes after years of solitary confinement. Propelled by an elusive memory, he chases after the hope of rediscovering his past and learns that everyone’s future is in jeopardy.

In book two of his debut series, Jason Tesar delves into the heart of an ancient legend, expanding an epic saga that will journey from earth’s mythological past to its post-apocalyptic future, blending the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, and military/political suspense.

 

I have to say that after reading the debut of Jason Tesar, I was excitedly anticipating the second book, The Awakening: Book Two. It starts with a cryptic opening scene with Aldair and leaves the reader still questioning the fate of this character. Then the book continues with the narratives of Kael, Maeryn, and Saba. You are going to have to be patience with this one.

It completely starts telling the narrative of this book without answering this reader’s blaring questions from the first book. The majority of this read was frustrating to me… ignorance was not bliss to me. The characters were less dynamic that the first book but so much more familial. From around 23% to 85%, of the book, Mr. Tesar, sets up his story like a master illusionist, giving this reader what I thought were random and pointless stories.

As with everything in natural, it has symmetry. Symmetry he reveals in his own time. When I got to the end it reminded me of the line in the Matrix, Know thy self. It felt like I didn’t recognize the symmetry until I was ready for it to be revealed to me.

As I read it on a Kindle, my patience was rewarded the last 15% of the novel. This is where the three narratives start to come together and gets excitingly captivating. It’s like eating the Brussels sprouts to get to the French fries and steak. Everything I read before was needed to get to this point. But once I got there all the frustrations of the middle 62% are alleviated and forgiven.

What I wanted to happen and what did was shocking and astonishingly different. It ended on a high note that invigorated my wanting to read the third novel. The Awakening: Book Two closed some of my questions from the first, made me start asking new questions, and morphed some of the questions I still have left. Prime example: Where is Aldair? I have my suspicions and I’m hoping I’m correct but the one thing I do know based on Jason Tesar’s first two books, I will not be disappointed with the answers that I find.

 

I give The Awakened: Book Two 4 out 5.

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The Awakened: Book One

The Awakened: Book One by Jason Tesar

 

 

THE HISTORY: Over five thousand years ago, a renegade faction of angels abandoned the spiritual realm and began their inhabitation of earth. Worshiped as gods for their wisdom and power, they corrupted the realm of the physical and forever altered the course of history.

THE PROPHECY: Amidst the chaos of a dying world, a lone voice foretold the awakening of a warrior who would bring an end to this evil perpetrated against all of creation. But with the cataclysmic destruction of earth and rebirth of humanity, the prophecy went unfulfilled and eventually faded from the memory of our kind—until now!

THE AWAKENED: The physical dimension is fractured. What remain now are numerous fragmented worlds moving simultaneously through time, sharing a common history, connected only by a guarded portal. On a parallel earth, in the city of Bastul, Colonel Adair Lorus disappears while investigating the death of an informant, triggering a series of events which will tear his family apart and set in motion the resolution of an ancient struggle. Kael, sentenced to death after rising up against the cruel leadership of his new step-father, is rescued from prison and trained in the arts of war by a mystical order of clerics. Excelling in every aspect of his training, Kael inwardly struggles to give himself fully to the methods of his new family, or the god they worship. Maeryn, bitter over the disappearance of her husband and supposed execution of her son, fears for her life at the hands of her newly appointed husband. Finding comfort and purpose in her unborn child, she determines to undermine his authority by reaching out to an underground social movement known as the Resistance. After being forced from his home, Kael’s former mentor, Saba, uncovers a clue to Adair’s disappearance. Sensing a connection to his own forgotten past, Saba begins an investigation which leads to the discovery of a secret military organization operating within the Orudan Empire.

In book one of his debut series, Jason Tesar delves into the heart of an ancient legend, embarking on an epic saga that will journey from earth’s mythological past to its post-apocalyptic future, blending the genres of fantasy, sci-fi, and military/political suspense.

Jason Tesar’s debut novel, The Awakened: Book One, is intriguing as well as compelling. As it is with natural, one seemingly insignificant event has rippling effects that tears a family apart; creating three distinct simultaneous narratives that drive this first book. Yet, the catalyst event is always at the back of my mine. What happen to Adair?

This one event brings about great changes for Maeryn, Kael (my favorite), and Saba. Each character is complex and driving forces behind the overall narrative. Telling their story at the same time Tesar knows exactly when to switch between his characters and show that motivating narrative that makes books like Harry Potter so compelling to read.

The religion is enthralling as Christianity, and has many similarities that ground the story in a world that is totally relatable to ours. As the Muslim call GOD, Allah, the people of this reality call theirs the All Powerful, not to dissimilar to some of the names with call our GOD. It’s also eerie how Tesar brings his narrative together; it forms a symmetry of nature.

This book engaged me as a reader and will any fan of fantasy/scifi. I’m always trying to figure out how the events a writer tells you will relate to the overall story and this doesn’t disappoint. It was two in the morning, I had insomnia, I was planning to read until I fall asleep. Sleep was coming, and I wanted to get to the last chapter, when I realize the past, present, and future events were starting to converge… all those that have read it will know. The anticipation of my questions being answered and my curiosity sated driving the sleep from my body.

Anyone that is a fan of fantasy will be a fan of The Awakened: Book One. I look forward to reading the next chapter in this series.

I give The Awakening: Book One 5 out 5.

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