Erift’s Journeys: Secrets of the Sealed Forest
J.T. Tenera (2021)
Reviewed by Ephantus M. for Reader Views (05/2023)
“Erift’s Journeys: Secrets of the Sealed Forest” by J.T. Tenera offers a thrilling adventure that sparkles with heart-warming magical occurrences inspired by a video game fantasy.
The storyline follows the ecstatic journey of Joseph Erift and his friend Erick who have received an unbelievably fabulous invitation to attend a fully paid vacation to the breathtaking tropical resort islands of Murean where they would attend a demonstration of a brand-new game launch courtesy of their unique abilities and skills. Joseph can’t believe the contents of the letter, but a quick search online has him dash out of the house as fast as possible to share the breaking news with Erick. The invitation has the duo gripped by deep anxiety and intense awe as they question its authenticity as well as the risk they would be exposing themselves to owing to the host’s last words- ‘Please tell no one…’
As one would expect, the promise that this trip would be the most amazing expedition into the world of science and adventure they have ever had, has the duo plot a plan to sneak to the airport at nightfall leaving nothing but notes for the parents to read. Author Tenera will have you glued to your seat as the adrenalizing voyage by the two minors comes to life. Readers will find their airport experience suspenseful particularly when the airport personnel questions their age and notices the absence of parents to accompany them.
This is a stunning novel that will have readers of all ages engaged in its breathtaking and perfectly pitched fantasy. The characters’ solid relationship after discovering the truth about the invitation is the author’s masterstroke through which the novel sparks. However, their decision to leave home without informing their parents may spark a social debate in various circles. Deep secrets and shocking revelations when they land in Murean are clever twists and turns that make the read more exciting.
“Erift’s Journeys: Secrets of the Sealed Forest by J.T. Tenera” is a well-crafted five-star read that features heavy themes of video games and magic, making it a delightful read, especially for young readers. It has the potential of becoming a best-seller due to the author’s clever combination of adventure, magic, fantasy, and action.
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