Dawn of Wonder (Book #1 of The Wakening) by Jonathan Renshaw


Dawn of Wonder

  • Author: Jonathan Renshaw
  • Published: May 1st, 2015
  • Publisher: Self Published
  • Ratings: 5/5

Book Synopsis

When a high-ranking officer gallops into the quiet Mistyvales, he brings a warning that shakes the countryfolk to their roots.  But for Aedan, a scruffy young adventurer with veins full of fire and a head full of ideas, this officer is not what he seems.

The events that follow propel Aedan on a journey that only the foolhardy or desperate would risk, leading him to the gate of the nation’s royal academy –  a whole world of secrets in itself.

But this is only the beginning of his discoveries.  Something is stirring in the land, something more ominous than the rising threat of hostile nations.  Fearful travelers whisper of an ancient power breathing over Thirna, changing it, waking it.  In the very heart of these stirrings, Aedan encounters that which defies belief, leaving him speechless with terror – and wonder.

My Thoughts

I will start by saying that this is the best self published book I have read so far.  This book kept popping up as a recommendation on my amazon prime, so I decided to add it to my kindle why not it was free but it was there for a while until I watched two youtube reviews on it one by Chris over at  TheReadingRhodes and Kaitlyn over at KittyG and I said ok, I’ll give it a go and I’m glad I did!

This is a coming of age story that follows a young farmer boy named Aedan.  At the beginning of the story we follow Aedan and his friends around the town of Mistyvales. That all changes when a warning comes about slavers and Aedan and his friends becomes suspicious of the man gathering the town, starts a divide in the land and Aedan and his family is force to leave Mistyvales and travel down South to Castath.  This is when we get to see Aedan’s story from the abusive father to to the lost of a dear friend.  Aedan decides to become a Marshall and get vengeance.

The plot of the story was one I found to be great.  This story is full of twist and turns. The characters are many and are well developed.  There is some magic but is not overly done or confusing.  The writing was phenomenal I can’t believe is a self-published book I need the second book now!  The world building was done incredibly I had not problem feeling like I was there with Aedan and seeing everything the way he did.

I have to say this is a long book and at time was a bit slow but I didn’t mind that at all.  I heard the audiobook was great as well, so I say give it a try I’m not into audiobooks so I can’t say much but both Chris and Kaitlyn recommend the audiobook and that is enough for me.

Overall, I found this first book to be phenomenal.  I do wholeheartedly recommend.


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