Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire, #1) by Marc Johnson

Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 1)

Catalyst (The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 1)

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...
Kindle Edition, 197 pages
Published March 19th 2011 by Longshot Publishing
Catalyst is fantastic fantasy. Marc Johnson has built a fantasy world and left nothing—out kings, princess’, wizards, elves, ogres, dragons—and that's just for starts. There’s no doubt Johnson has created an amazing fantasy world in Catalyst. The main character is Hellsfire, and Catalyst is told through his POV. I had problems with Hellsfire’s character. He’s fourteen when this story starts and seventeen when this book ends, and I never see Hellsfire mature during all these years. He starts out stubborn, kind of winey, never learning to listen, and the book ends with him the same way. Hellsfire just seems to stay fourteen to me. But as far as that, that’s the only problem I had. I enjoyed reading Catalyst.

 Hellsfire lives with his mother in Sedah, a small village. His father died before he was born and Hellsfire and his mother live as outcasts in this village because they’re poor. So Hellsfire is always being bullied. And it’s on one of these days that after he’s been harassed by the village bully Hellsfire runs into the woods and rescues Princess Krystal from her kidnappers. He also discovers fire comes from his body. Hellsfire tells his mother about the fire and she admits it’s time he has to leave for White Mountain because at his birth, an angel told her this. Hellsfire goes to White Mountain and learns he's called to train to become a wizard. Hellsfire will have to save Princess Krystal, who he loves, and her kingdom of Alexandria from the evil Premier and the wasteland creatures.

If you love books like Harry Potter then you are going to love Catalyst. I recommend Catalyst as a fantastic fantasy read.

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