Catalyst by Marc Johnson Book Review

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Catalyst Author Marc Johnson


It’s such a pleasure to dive into a story that promises a long, fun and rewarding adventure, both for the reader and the characters. I like to enter different worlds where magic is the foundation of the story, ancient and powerful, but still with so much to learn from it. Here, magic is not something done lightly and very few (almost none) are able to call themselves a Wizard after the great War of the Wizards.

Hellsfire is the hero of our story. He is “The One” mentioned in the ancient prophecies that will protect Northern Shala of the imminent danger that lies ahead. We meet him at the age of 14, but after three years of training with wizard Master Stradus and the super amazing (funny, witty, sarcastic and my favorite of all) Cynder the dragon, he grows more in control with his magical abilities and is almost ready to be called a full wizard. But when he has the vision of death surrounding Krystal, the princess of Alexandria, Hellsfire must take action and apply everything he learned in order to protect her, the kingdom and all of Northern Shala.

I have to admit, Hellsfire had this habit of telling me when something bad was going to happen and I always plunged into the next chapter dreading the worse. Honestly, I prefer the element of surprise intead ot the forewarning. But other than that, this is the type of read that wakes the adventurous part in me, makes me anxious to travel farther into the Wastelands and wish for magical abilities like Hellsfire’s. Oh, and to have a dragon friend named Cynder too.

Rating: 4 out of 5 Hearts (Book Ratings Guide)

Book Ratings Guide

About the Book:
For centuries, the kingdom of Alexandria has protected Northern Shala from the monstrous creatures lurking in the Wastelands. Now, a dark force threatens that fragile peace.

Far from home, Alexandria’s princess is abducted. When a young villager named Hellsfire stumbles upon her and her captors, he rushes in to rescue her, alone and unarmed. His fear and fury unleash an uncontrollable magical force that grants him the power to save the princess—and change the world.

Hellsfire has never craved nor dreamed of power. But such magic as he now possesses has not been seen in Northern Shala for a thousand years, since the devastation of the War of the Wizards and the creation of the Wastelands.

Now Hellsfire must leave all he’s ever known, and make a dangerous journey to learn to master this wild, ferocious power—power he knows he is not ready to wield. More difficult still, he needs to master his emotions. If he can’t, the power will consume him, Alexandria will fall, and darkness will eclipse the land, destroying everyone he loves.

In the dead of cold, the spark shall burn…

  • Title: Catalyst
  • Author: Marc Johnson
  • E-book: 366 pages
  • Publisher: Longshot Publishing

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  1. This fantasy genre is sure popular nowadays.

  2. jamie braun says:

    my 2 older girls are way into magic/wizards and stuff like this. great book for them!

  3. Thomas Murphy says:

    sounds like an awesome book! Thanks for the review.

  4. Sherri Lewis says:

    That sounds good…. I love books with magic themes.

  5. Nice review! I’ve never heard of this one before, sounds great, though. :-)

  6. That’s a weird habit to have

  7. rebeccabasset says:

    I would love to give this a read. I have been hooked on the Sword of Truth Series and it sounds a little like that, I also like the books written by Terry Brooks. I will give this one a try.

    Thanks for the information!

  8. Rebecca Parsons says:

    I am not a huge fantasy fan but this sounds interesting.

  9. M Mary Steele says:

    I agree with you on the “telling me something bad was going to happen” part. Kinda killed the surprise value for me.

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