Daniel Welsh was born different—and to Daniel, to be different means to be alone. But what if he’s wrong?
Born an albino with a photographic memory, Daniel Welsh never expected to fit in. Yet, when he is approached by Trinity—a young girl who definitely isn’t human—she reveals a whole new world where he might just belong. Ariest is a place where his features aren’t a disability or the mark of a freak, but rather a trait of powerful mages born of human-faerie unions. His father is a renowned war hero and swordsman, his mother is a human doctor, and that makes him a powerful mage that’ll tip the scales. Magic is real—and so is the threat it brings.
Trinity and her father, a battle mage, aren’t the only ones to have discovered Daniel and his gifts hidden in the human realm.
The Shade have awakened.
Enemies to the fae realm long thought dead have been lying in wait for their moment to strike. Young mages like Daniel are the perfect morsel for their starving appetites and they start their killing spree without delay with the nearest unsuspecting mage boy. Daniel cannot sit idly by while monsters take innocent lives, so he will embrace a destiny he is only just beginning to understand… even if it means losing a life that’s finally worth living.
Birth of the Mortokai is a young adult coming of age fantasy adventure novel. Trigger warning: this novel contains descriptions of albinism, a real genetic disorder that affects 1/17,000 persons worldwide per year.
Thank you to the author and Rachel’s Random Resources for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review.
It’s definitely been a while since I have read a full out fantasy novel and what a great novel to get back into a bit of fantasy. This is a really great coming to age story which includes suspense, mystery and of course magical creatures.
Daniel Welsh was born with albinism and because of this faces many more challenges growing up and has ended up as a bit of a loner. What I loved about this was that Daniel has no idea of his true origins so I got to experience learning everything new about the world the author had created with him. The story moves at a good pace and I was really intrigued with trying to figure out everyone’s motives. This is the first book in the series which is good because not only I have I managed to actually start a book series from the beginning but it means there are more books in the future! I think I will be looking for a few more fantasy books to read in the near future as well!
Would I read again: Yes
Would I Recommend: Yes
Would I read another book from this author: Yes
About the Author
Currently residing in London, England, D.G. Palmer writes in the Spec Fiction genre, using his imagination to create vivid worlds and captivating characters.
An avid reader and player of video games, in the past, he was part of table top roleplaying groups where he nurtured his storytelling by penning several story arcs.
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