What Once Was One by Marc Johnson Book Review

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What Once Was One Author Marc Johnson

What Once Was One

What Once Was One is the second installment of The Passage of Hellsfire series, following young wizard Hellsfire on his quest to find and stop Premier from his evil plans against Alexandria and all of Northern Shala.

I was so glad to step back into Hellsfire’s shoes and go out to explore once again this unique world author Marc Johnson created. This time there was no halting for background history, we plunge right into where the story left off and since then, there was always something going on to keep the story moving effortlessly.

In this book we travel, like really, really travel. I loved getting to know more about the Wastelands and the creatures who live in this almost uninhabitable place. I can even say it was my favorite part of the whole book. The creatures wowed me; I liked meeting their other side besides their “monster” nature. It was really cool, especially the firsthand experience we obtained thanks to Hellsfire and his friends.

There’s so much in this book! I enjoyed all the fighting and magic involved, the places, the old and new characters, the quests and obstacles put forth in our heroes’ way. Hellsfire has grown so much as a character, I have gotten quite attached to him, although I may not be okay with everything he does or says. At times, I just wanted to hit him in the head with a rock for the many times he brought up his love life options. Seriously? He shouldn’t be thinking that way; it was very selfish of him.

Overall, I think What Once Was One is a great sequel to Catalyst and it’s a read that does not disappoint. I know now that I can always count on Marc Johnson to deliver vivid adventures worth going through. I hope the third book comes out pronto, I want to know what’s next!

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

Book Ratings Guide

About the Book:

In the land of Northern Shala, the dark wizard Premier raised an army of foul creatures from the Wastelands and led them against the ancient guardian city of Alexandria. Hellsfire, a young farmhand turned apprentice wizard, defeated Premier and saved Alexandria, but not before the battle claimed his mentor’s life.

Hellsfire, now a full-fledged wizard, must finish what he started by hunting down Premier and seizing the source of the wizard’s dark power and corruption—the Book of Shazul. He must travel deep into the Wastelands, through Premier’s home territory, dodging the scattered remnants of a defeated army lusting for blood and vengeance.

But beating in the heart of the Wastelands is an ancient power more dangerous than Premier or his creatures—and it’s been waiting for Hellsfire for a thousand years. It will force the young wizard to make a devastating choice—one that could change the course of history not only for Alexandria and the Wastelands, but for all of Northern Shala and the lands beyond. And to save his homeland, Hellsfire may have to lose the person he loves the most.

What once was one, will then be two, and never again be whole…

  • Title: What Once Was One
  • Author: Marc Johnson
  • E-book: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Longshot Publishing

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