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Torii (To Rule the Universe Book 1)

by Amanda Marie

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Amanda Marie’s Torii takes readers from mythic beginnings in a land of tragedy, sorrow and sword, to a world of rich teenagers in modern-day Miami. These times and places are linked, but the modern teen has a certain unwillingness to accept things beyond their ken, and a race to save the world is on, dependent on the love of cars and dogs and the friendship of strangers. Of course, some of these strangers will be considerably stranger than others as the novel progresses.

Torii is beautifully presented on the page with nicely scripted chapter headings and well-measured space. The characters are youthful and fun, and the writing is fast, racing with equal swiftness through confusion, identities, excitement and flying simulations. Soon Mayuri and Killian pilot their vehicles with strangely mythical friends, carefully remembering “No red button,” and “flying for a hundred miles, avoiding normal things like birds, mountains, and other planes.” Their view of the world is somewhat changed.

Think Ender’s Game, crossed with Twilight, a touch of Harry Potter, a pinch of Tokein’s worlds, and maybe even some time travel, all youthfully, breathlessly told. Betrayal, evil foes, wrong-headed friends, plus the chance to be “no longer part of the human world.” It’s a heady mix. No wonder “Mayuri’s heart erupted in her ears” while “Ty gripped her staff tighter, baring her teeth much like a dog would.”

By turns scary, thrilling, imaginative, and sometimes even magical, Torii is a tale filled with a wealth of strange places and characters all pleasingly delineated to minimize confusion in a fascinating tortuous plot. Plus there’s that curious anchor to earth. And romance. And the promise of further tales to come.

Disclosure: I won a free ecopy and I offer my honest review ( )
  SheilaDeeth | Jun 3, 2015 |
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