Powers of the Six by Kristal Shaff
(Emissary of Light #1)
Publication date: April 1st 2016
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
(Previously published as THE EMISSARY with Month9books)
Six rare powers govern the land of Adamah. Possessing one demands entrance to the king’s army. To refuse means a traitorous death.
For hundreds of years, dark clouds covered the skies of Adamah, and an ageless king ruled. Those who emerged with one of six extraordinary Shay powers were forced into the king’s army, an unmatched force with inhuman Strength, Speed, Accuracy, Perception, Empathy, and Healing. With the army behind him, the king—a man who wields all six abilities—was invincible and unquestioned in his rule.
To most, serving the king was an honor. But for others, it was a fate worse than death. When seventeen-year-old Nolan Trividar witnesses the transformation of his brother from kind to cruel after entering the king’s army, he vows never to follow the same path.
POWERS OF THE SIX take you to another world where the smallest person can do extraordinary things, the undead infest the night, and the sun emits more than just warmth and light.
This is a challenging book! It shows Kristal Shaff’s writing skills and her great imagination. Creating a completely new world in medieval times, combining this world with the language of that time and adding the fantasy elements is worthy of our attention. I love how the author decided to create this story from scratch.
The characters evolve constantly, from shy and not significant to bold and brave. I appreciated the slow development of action in the beginning, as it gave me some idea about why the characters decided to live the way they did. The Shay powers also were nicely combined, especially when the team started building up. I cannot say I have a favorite character as all of them had something specific, each one being unique in his/her way.
This is definitely a series to follow and another author to be added on my list. I do hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You will be captivated by the new surroundings and each character’s personality!