Synopsis – The Assembly controls Kalaya. Originally set up to govern, they now persecute those with magic and exile them to the Turrak Mountains.
Tei, a tailor’s daughter, has always hidden her magic. When her father’s old friend visits and warns them to flee to the mountains she must leave her old life behind.
On the journey, an attack leaves her father mortally wounded. He entrusts her into the care of two exiles, Rike and Garrick, and on his deathbed makes a shocking confession.
Struggling with self-doubt, Tei joins the exiles in the search for their lost Sentinel. But mysterious Masked Riders want the Sentinel too, and time, as well as hope, is running out.
How can Tei help the Kalayan people reunite and save the magic when their ignorance threatens to destroy them all?
The Lost Sentinel is a character driven fantasy set in the beautiful land of Kalaya. Here the magic runs deep through the land, giving to the people and as they pass on, their magic is absorbed back into the land. The Sentinel guards the magic, holds it tight, protecting Kalaya and the people, but as times pass people begin to forget. People with magic are exiled, new people rule who begin pushing for magic to be banned. Things are going wrong on the astral plane as well, souls aren’t making it through the gates, there is something in the dark, waiting, lurking, taking the souls for itself.
When Tei’s father dies and she discovers the strength of her own magic, the Sentinel is old, he is losing his grip on the magic of the land. If the new Sentinel isn’t found soon, Kalaya will no longer be protected.
“You have a part to play in our struggle, Tei, and soon enough we’ll find out what that is.”
Tei is an interesting character, she is young and very inexperienced, but she is ready to do what needs to be done. A side effect of her being young is that she thinks she knows best and can be a bit immature, she makes silly decisions and is a little wrapped up in herself, but this just makes for a decent amount of character growth throughout the book. She does learn and I think that she will really flourish in book two.
I liked all of the friendships throughout the story. It didn’t matter which characters we were with, strong friendships where always there. Doing the right thing for those you care about. It was interesting to see both sides of that as well. The man trying to provide for his community, but also wanting to do what he considered the right thing and what will a man do when these values don’t align.
The Lost Sentinel is a good book. I love the world, the magic, the link between the people and the land.
I’m interested to see where book two will head and how Rogerson will bring the players together.
I received an e-book copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.