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I got really nostalgic for my old AD&D Psionic Handbook after listening to this tale. It is a rare sort of fantasy that plays with mental abilities over magic. It is a rarer one that succeeds in this task, and brother, does Night's Gift do this in spades.
This book seems to have been made for a young adult audience, but I found myself enjoying it just as much. It sort of transcends age boundries. All I know is fun is fun, and a good story is a good story. This story starts off rocking and never slows down. It moves like a great anaconda cutting through the water, swift, relentless, and ready to strike at a moments notice. Omen is a powerful psionicist, who is unable to control his powers, and the one device that reigned in his abilities has been stolen. Thus begins his quest to retrieve the item, and leads to him finding a talking cat.
The story is fun, fast paced, and makes you want more, thankfully, there is a second book I will be getting ASAP. I enjoy the mental powers over magical powers aspect as well. As I said, it is rarely done and so I take it for what it is worth.
P. J. Ochlan narrates this book as if he were born to do so. He carefully crafts each character's voice, and when you are done listening you won't be able to imagine them any other way. He really does a fabulous job in bringing these characters to life.
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Omen has the power to move objects with his mind. The problem is he can’t control it and often causes more problems than he solves. Determined to get away from his controlling royal parents, he takes off into the city Hex. His adventures start instantly as a thief steels his warding bracelet and the prince of Hex steps in just in time to save an old merchant from Omen’s uncontrolled powers. Little do either know, this is just the beginning of a long night of deadly adventures.
The action is ceaseless as Omen and the prince track down the thief and his necromancer boss. They only have to retrieve one special item for the rotting alchemist to give it back. Of course, that one thing requires getting something else, which requires getting something else and so on. Soon they find themselves fighting dead giants, a witch, a merman, evil bird things and a dozen other monsters all trying to kill them.
There is literally no break in the action, one adventure leading to the next. It is fantasy fun as the two friends discover more about themselves and their growing trust in each other. The youthful protagonists and the nature of the adventures makes this a great choice for young adults. There is a lighthearted tone to the story that softens the violence enough to not keep kids up at night. You know the friends will prevail in the end, just not how.
The story is performed by P. J. Ochlan, who is just brilliant. His voice is smooth as silk and infinitely malleable to the many characters. The lighthearted tone of the story comes through just right for the young adult listener, but enjoyable for adults as well. The character voices are all easily differentiated and appropriate for each. Certainly any listener’s favorite will be the cute, deadly kitten with a Scottish accent. How fun is that?
This is a fun and exciting fantasy novel for young adults and adults alike who enjoy their fantasy lighthearted. Though part of a series of unknown length, it wraps up completely, leaving only enough mystery to entice the listener for future adventures. Recommended.
Audiobook was provided for review by the publisher.
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