Hi everyone! Today is my tour stop for The Forbidden Warriors by Moud Adel, which is hosted by Breakeven Books!
The Forbidden Warriors
Author: Moud Adel
Publication Date: 15 November 2019
Genre: Adult Fiction – Fantasy
Publisher: Mastoperia Books (Independent)
Mastoperia: A hidden continent with four factions divided and suspicious of each other, with a history of unresolved wars, each grounding themselves in their own unique culture, and magical power.
The Forbidden Warriors: The only force powerful enough to keep the factions from destroying one another. The secret to their power is a mystery, but the only way to hold on to it is by passing the power to a new generation every two and a half centuries.
As that time has arrived, each faction must offer a candidate to become the next generation of the Forbidden Warriors, but only one can be the leader. In a race for that leadership position, four candidates and their teams travel across a world mysterious to them, to hunt artifacts they know nothing about. The mission is not easy, their goals are not aligned, and the truth is far bigger than they could have imagined. A challenge none were ready for.
Will they choose their own interests, their factions’ or defy all that they know for the sake of their world.
When I first saw the cover for this one, I wasn’t immediately sucked in. I think that the cover actually downplays the action and adventure that awaits in this story.
Kalita is the current leader of Mastoperia, a hidden continent that is divided into four different factions: Delphia, Lunar, Averett, and Kala. The time has come for a new leader and her three lead warriors to be chosen. Four warriors (Evailen, Jihave, Rondai, and Kawan) were nominated from their respective factions. The leader will be chosen from one of these four and the other three will become the new lead warriors.
In order to determine who will become the next leader, Evailen, Jihave, Rondai, and Kawan are tasked with locating artifacts that have been hidden outside of Mastoperia. Each of the four leaders will have a team with three others to help carry out the mission. The warrior who collects the most artifacts will become the next leader. The catch? All bets are off when a team is pursuing an artifact. They can use whatever means necessary to win including killing others.
First off, the world building in this book is incredible. I loved that the inhabitants of the four different factions possess different magical abilities. This definitely reminded me a lot of Divergent meets Hunger Games meets Harry Potter.
I loved the team based quest. However, at first, I found it difficult to follow who was on whose team due to the sheer amount of characters that were are introduced to. In addition to the four warriors competing for the leadership title, each one is in charge of three more members. The story does alternate between the 16 different characters. It’s tough at first, but with patience, it definitely all comes together pretty seamlessly.
At first, I didn’t really gravitate towards any one character in particular since I was still trying to orient myself with everyone and their abilities. However, it became clear that Rondai and Evailen were the front runners of the story about half way through. I loved watching these two fall for each other because they come from two different factions, and interfaction relationships is highly frowned upon. I also enjoyed all of the characters slowly shedding their preconceived notions about other factions in order to not only work together as a team but to also trust each other as well.
Overall, I think this is a fantastic introduction to the series. If you love a good quest sprinkled with magic and betrayal then you definitely need to give this one a try.
Thank you to the author and Breakeven Books for the tour invitation and providing an ebook for review. This did not influence my review. All opinions are my own.
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Born and raised in Egypt, living in France with a degree in ancient Egyptian history and a passion for writing. I developed my love for storytelling early on and was fascinated by the idea of deconstructing worlds and building new ones that fall under the laws of my imagination. I’m a medium for the word and a slave to the story.
Moud is an Egyptologist with a special passion for world building. He can live for days inside his head, surrounded only by his imagination, and ignoring all life basics. However, when he is back in the real world, he likes to watch movies, cook, dance, and play as many card games as possible with his friends because he doesn’t shy away from showing his competitive side.