Review: The Castrofax by Jenna Van Vleet

castrofaxTitle: The Castrofax

Author: Jenna Van Vleet

Series: The Father of the Fifth Age #1

Source: Purchased (eBook)

Publisher: Writers Edge Publishing

Published: November 17, 2014

Pages: 284

Rating: 4/5

Gabriel never expected Princess Robyn to show up at his manor after word of her sudden disappearance. Because of his remarkable talent in wielding the elements, however, he is appointed her protector until she can take the throne, but word of his magical power slowly spreads to untrusting ears.
Imprisoned because his abilities constitute a threat, Gabriel fights for his freedom as Princess Robyn is forced to fight for her throne.
Only through learning the true meaning of strength can either of them be saved, but all power comes with a cost.

So it’s been a really long time since I read this book, I believe I finished it over Thanksgiving break or early December so I’m sorry if it sounds incomplete.

This story follows Gabriel and Robyn(the hidden princess) as they fight their way to the throne. Gabriel is an extremely powerful mage who can control all the elements which no person has been able to do in a VERY long time. He hides this ability from the Mage Council but allows some of his abilities to be known to gain a higher standing in the mage world. Only a few select people actually know the truth. Well, Robyn grows up alongside Gabriel and the time has come to regain her throne from her Aunt but her cousin, Nolan has another idea. He wants the throne for himself. So…Nolan decides to deal in dark magic and awaken an evil VERY evil man from heavy enchantments that protect him from every waking up (smart idea right?!). He makes a deal with this guy but of course the man, Ryker has another agenda in mind (which you don’t find out just yet what that might be). As Robyn and Gabriel travel to the castle they are set upon by Nolan and his Air Guard, Gabriel tries his best to win but Nolan had a “castrofax” which allows the user of the castrofax to take the powers of the person who wears it. Ryker invented these objects long ago and the only way to take it off is to kill the person wearing it. So the book splits off into different POVs but mostly follows Nolan and Gabriel as Nolan tries to break Gabriel (those parts are gruesome, Nolan is a sick man).

This book was really fast-paced! I couldn’t put it down until the end. You just fell in love with all the characters. You wanted to shake Gabriel at times and Robyn for being naive and you want to kill Nolan and Ryker for what they have done. It really makes you hate the villains. The world building is great and there is so much history behind all of it that it really works. There is no information dump on you and you learn the history of the world and magic gradually. Vleet is a great storyteller and I look forward to reading the rest of the series. 🙂


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