Synopsis: Ethan Makkai thought that seeing ghosts was the worst of his problems. Between his ethereal gift and life with a single mother hell-bent on watching his every move, he feels imprisoned. When Ethan sees a chance to escape, to leave the house by himself for the first time in his life, he seizes it, unaware that this first taste of freedom will cost him everything.
Ethan is thrown into a strange and eerie world, like nothing he’s ever seen. He’s assaulted by dive-bombing birds and rescued by a stranger who claims to be his bodyguard. His apartment is trashed, and his mother is kidnapped to a place Ethan never knew existed—a hidden continent called Tara.
Travelling to Tara in search of his mother, Ethan discovers that everything he knows about his life is a lie. His mother is royalty. His father is not dead. His destiny is likely to get him killed.
Confronted by a vicious sorcerer determined to destroy the Makkai family, Ethan must garner strength from his gift and embrace his destiny if he’s going to save his mother and all the people of Tara, including the beautiful girl he’s fallen for.
Review: I did not know about the novel before reading it but the synopsis, mixed with a touch of urban fantasy and fantasy, seemed quite promising. And did you see that cover? Really appealing!
Ethan is an overprotected boy, he can not step outside without his mother accompanying him… Even if he understands that his gift that allows him to see ghosts can attract trouble, he still wants to be free and go out at will. It is also what he finally does on his birthday, in secret, to go to school. Unfortunately he does not expect such consequences … Indeed, in his absence, his mother is kidnapped and he is saved from a fight by a man who claims to be his grandfather when he knows he has no family. Discovering the truth about his existence, Ethan travels to a hidden continent called Tara, which seems to have come straight out of a dream. Indeed, if technology is not wise in this place, there are magicians, sorcerers, unicorns and other creatures. And it would seem that Ethan is the heir to the throne.
Even if everyone tries to keep his identity secret and to protect him, our hero is determined to save his mother whatever happens. This quest will allow us to discover a little more about his true identity and his gifts and this will give us the opportunity to learn a little more about this world of which we know nothing about.
This adventure will not be easy for Ethan and everyone seems to expect something from him. Adapting to his new life, we will discover the main characters of the story be it the nice or the bad ones like Christian, Lily or Bean. I had a good time with the story and I was curious to know the rest of the events. The characters evolve and we discover their true nature. In any case, the end of the story opens new perspectives and I am curious to discover what will happen thereafter.