Friday, February 19, 2016

Wind and Fire (Fourborn #1)

26878505In a world where the four elements rule as gods, the Gaias of Wind, Fire, Water and Earth determine the existence and fate of every man and woman. Threatening this seemingly perfect world this the Fourborn – a yet to be identified being born of all four races and the only one who has the power to set mankind free from it's elemental shackles.

Divinely chosen in the pending chaos is a guardian from each race. With the words of an ancient prophesy as their only guide, they must find and protect the Fourborn at all costs or risk losing everything they hold dear.

Kofi, an inexperienced warrior finds himself in a war without end. Fleeing the devastation, bloodshed and terror, he leaves his beloved homeland behind as he sets out on a journey with the promise of finding a cause that is worth fighting for.

Lela, a child of the Wind and the Fire is determined to escape the life she was born into. Faced with a war of her own, she must find an inner balance if she is to claim the life she so desires.

The worlds of Wind and Fire collide when Kofi and Lela find themselves caught up in an adventure of enormous proportions. Setting out on a mission that spans three lands, they must defy not only their Gaias and the prophesy but themselves in order to find the Fourborn while the dangers of an all consuming darkness takes shape around them.

*May Contain Spoilers*
A fantastic journey begins with a prophecy that inspires two different citizens to leave everything they've ever known to find and protect a stranger in Megan Futcher's novel, Wind and Fire, the first in the Fourborn series. The world is divided into four lands that align with the elements: Fire, Wind, Earth, and Water. To find the stranger born of all four lands, Kofi and Lela must overcome their fears and trust the Keepers to guide them. 
Kofi is a twenty-five year old young man who was born in Zjarr, the land of Fire. He's a brave, courageous man who is full of love for his family and his home. Kofi is just beginning to realize what his purpose in life is and readers will find his story interesting. At first, he pushes away from the prophecy and dedicates his life to being a warrior. He trains hard with absolute focus, but the death of his brother in battle shifts him away from war. Kofi desires a greater purpose, something that aligns with his moral beliefs. Through the journey to find the Fourborn, Kofi's intelligence and protective nature shine.
Lela is of mixed races and has been shunned nearly her entire life. As a mix of wind and fire, she's never fit into her Wind homeland. She dreams of escape and acceptance. After the Keepers of the Wind tell her to follow her dreams and find the Fourborn, Lela begins to really discover herself. She begins as a hot-headed character who reacts emotionally instead of logically. As she grows, Lela learns how to control her feelings and focus on the mission, though she remains a bit impulsive. Readers will connect with Lela through her feelings of being misunderstood and her evolution of character.
The plot of Wind and Fire is a linear adventure. Kofi leaves home to join the warriors and then meets up with Lela after her escape. After Kofi saves Lela's life from a stampede, they decide to travel together. Eventually they share that they have each been told the exact same prophecy and they know that fate has brought them together. The storyline is interesting with several action filled situations. Futcher does a good job in keeping the adventure across the plains and mountains interesting to the reader. There aren't any unimportant details or situations as each chapter builds upon the journey to find the Fourborn and the budding relationship between Kofi and Lela.
Rating: 3/5 Cups

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