Magical Missions: The New Chosen Ones

Jaime Enrique Gutierrez Perez

Publisher: Xlibris Pages: (paperback) $32.99 Price: 646 ISBN: 9798369493946 Reviewed: May, 2024 Author Website: Visit »

This shelf-bending fantasy—inspired by the author’s love of Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings—revolves around an epic battle between good and evil in a magical realm known as Multiria.

The story largely centers on Tina of Sirigia, daughter of a renowned warrior lord who embarks on a quest to defeat Rogius, a powerful sorcerer and necromancer whose armies of savage beasts (known as the Subrace) are poised to inflict unimaginable pain and suffering on all who live in Multiria. Armed only with a legendary weapon called the Sun Sword—which can conveniently be transformed into a gem—and unrefined magical abilities, Tina sets out with the folkloric tales of heroes past to inspire her. She quickly realizes that to defeat Rogius and his minions, she’ll need help—and begins to enlist friends to join her quest.

While the action and adventure are fast and furious throughout, there are significant issues that hamper the reading experience. First, Multiria is a generic fantasy setting with nothing to differentiate it from hundreds of other similar backdrops. The characters are equally flat, with scant in-depth development. Also, the author seems preoccupied with color as the primary mode of description. Tina, who has purple eyes, is described as wearing “a tight black sweater (sleeves were purple from shoulder to wrist), a short blue plaid skirt that skimmed her knees (plaid type), black shorts beneath her skirt, long black stockings…” The use of color descriptors is so overused, it becomes distracting.

But the biggest issue is the lack of fluid, coherent writing. Some sentences read like a bad translation: “‘Look,’ she said, and they all looked at the bird. It was a bird.” Many are repetitive—“At that moment, Sarah couldn’t do anything. She only stood there…doing nothing”—while others are almost unreadable run-ons. Sentence fragments compound the problem.

The lack of readability throughout, coupled with a cast of two-dimensional characters and negligible world-building, makes this an unsatisfying offering.

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