My thoughts: This book was definitely fantasy. There were wizards, elves, dwarves, dragons, and ogres. It had the typical good guy who was trying to save the world from the bad guy who was trying to take over and destroy it. It was a great coming-of-age story that is suited for young adult readers. I found myself being quite entertained with Catalyst.
The plot was pretty good. The opener was quite intense and had me hooked in right away. The next few pages did dragged for me a bit but it then quickly picked up. I wanted to know more about the main character Hellsfire (got to love that name) and what the prophecy foretold about him. I also enjoyed the battle at the end between him and the bad guy, Premier.
The characters were quite likeable. Hellsfire was unsure of himself in the beginning but he slowly grew towards the end. Then there was the Princess Krystal; she was very brave and loyal to her people. Her character and that of her father's reminded me of Eowyn and King Eomund from the Lord of the Rings. Next, there was the wizard, Master Stradus. He was the typical wizard with the long, white beard who was very wise. My favorite character had to be the dragon Cynder. I liked how he and Hellsfire bickered at each other.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read. Yes, it was somewhat slow in the beginning but it did pick up. This was a great young adult, fantasy read. I rate it:
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