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The Divine Apprentice (The Divine Series Book 1) by [Johnston, Allen J]
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Kade looks up at his executioner with no fear or hate, watching . . .waiting. At six months old, he could hardly do much more as his grandfather agonizes over the task of taking the life of his only grandson.

Born with the rare ability to control the Divine, Kade has the potential to become one of the most powerful Chosen to ever exist. Taken from his parents, at the age of ten, by his grandfather, a Master Chosen, Kade is taught to harness the power of the Divine for good. After a decade of training, Kade learns the harsh reality of the dangerous world he is about to be thrust into, as his Master is brutally murdered right before his eyes. Kade soon realizes he is next.

With the help of a dragon, a species thought to have been a myth, and a feisty Essence Guardian, Kade must discover who – or what – is trying to eradicate his kind, before the Chosen are brought to extinction.

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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9e8a1870) out of 5 stars 56 reviews
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e62169c) out of 5 stars Good book but has flaws May 15 2014
By Hope - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I had the privilege of receiving a free signed copy of this book by the author. Fantasy has always been my favorite gene, and none is dearer to my heart than a young hero's journey of discovery, which is what this tale is. As far as epics go, The Divine Apprentice is low scale, with the majority of the book focusing on Kade's personal growth and merely hinting at the major conflict against the Big Baddie (Kade meets him only briefly), but the setting up of Kade's character still makes this book enjoyable.

First off, the pros:

Dragons. I am a HUGE dragon fan, and sadly I don't encounter them enough in my fantasy reading. I mean, c'mon. DRAGONS! Dragons make everything better! Rayden, the dragon of the story, is a lovely take on the whole dragon thing. He reminded me a lot of Toothless from the How To Train Your Dragon movie. He doesn't have human level intelligence, but he's at least as intelligence as a pretty smart pet one would have. Another thing I love about Rayden is how he and Kade got together. Instead of Kade hatching him or taming him, their first encounter involves a fight against a powerful monster in which they save each other's lives. That's a bond that is far more powerful and goes far deeper than a simple imprinting or a gradual working on Kade's part to build up the dragon's trust.

Magic. Another thing I love in fantasy is a good magic system. Two of my favorite magic systems are Brandon Sanderson's Allomancy and Patrick Rothfuss's Sympathy. This magic system could well become my third favorite. The magic system here is called the Divine, and can only be wielded by a few Chosen. The Divine involves a series of Moves, which is mostly complex hand movements, combined with the proper words at the end of the sequences. I envisioned this as a dance of a sort, which I enjoyed more than the standard "waving of hands or concentrating hard" that most magic systems employ. There's a second magic system as well, employed by another character Kade meets, called Nature's Gift. This magic system involves drawing on one's own energy to channel healing or shields. As this magic system is not used by Kade, how it works is a bit vague, but the concept is interesting nonetheless.

Kade. No matter how awesome the dragons or the magic system might be, they cannot hold a story on their own. Luckily, they didn't have to. While Kade isn't a terribly unique character, I still enjoyed following his story. When we finally meet him, he's stormed out of his lessons because he's frustrated his master wants him to learn some mundane Divine moves rather than the awesome kind. I mean, given the choice between learning a Silence Casting and Lightening Calling, it's a no brainer what you would chose. Unfortunately, this kind of impatience and recklessness is something that gets Kade into trouble. It's also the type of attitude one would expect from a 20-year-old, which makes his character all the more believable. I also enjoyed the dark streak that Kade showed at certain parts of the book. If one had the type of power at their fingertips that Kade has, it's only natural that it would have a seductive quality that could entice a well- meaning person to the darker side. I hope that the author will continue to explore this angle in future books.

Now for the cons. Why, despite all my praises, did I only give it three stars? Sadly, the book suffered throughout from Beginner Author Syndrome as the author made a number of mistakes made by beginner authors. The biggest culprit was head-hopping. Unfortunately, even successful author John Flannigan of the Ranger's Apprentice series makes this mistake, and it annoys me to no end. When in a scene, please stick to the viewpoint of ONE character. Not only is jumping from character to character confusing and headache- inducing, it destroys all chances of suspense. For example, when Kade's master Zayle threatens to kick him out if he's lying, I never have the opportunity to worry with Kade that Zayle will act on his threat because seconds after he makes it, the viewpoint jumps to Zayle's head, where I'm told that Zayle has no intention of carrying out his threat. I enjoy being in suspense and worrying for my characters. I enjoy wondering along with the main character what other's motivations or thoughts are. Constant head -hopping ruins that bond I enjoy with a single viewpoint per scene character.

If the viewpoint was once character per scene, it would be easier for me to overlook the other mistakes. But while minor, there are other qualities to the writing that bother me as well, especially since they are newbie mistakes. First off, the use of "He hissed" in a sentence in which there was not a single "s" used. Another was the sentence "He grinned evilly." I had to pause reading right there to roll my eyes and do a mental face palm as the line was so corny it threw me right out of the story. I'm sure I could have figured out that it was an "evil grin" based on the fact Kade was currently enjoying blasting the s*** out of the baddie. Also, the use of "ly" words in general when connected to dialogue. Don't tell me she said anything happily, guiltily, or cautiously. SHOW me.

Despite the fact that the writing could be better, I still enjoyed the book. I will read the others, and hopefully the author's writing will improve as he gains more experience. So, if you enjoy a good fantasy and are willing to overlook its flaws, then this book is for you.

(this review is also posted on Goodreads)
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e6216f0) out of 5 stars I'm Hooked! July 7 2015
By Roxanne Speck - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Being fortunate to know Allen Johnston on a personal level, this book really intrigued me. This is not my usual taste in reading but I wanted to read it to understand Allen’s passion for writing. I did not expect to become so drawn to the characters and the story line in the book.
I liked that he put in a prologue in this first book to introduce his readers to Kade and explain how he became the apprentice. He briefly but effectively walked his readers through the emotional process that his parents and grandfather went through to ultimately decide to allow him to pursue the Calling. It was just long enough to help his readers understand how the story began without taking up too much of his reader’s time and allow them to get to the real story he wanted to tell.

Without giving away too much of the plot, I can tell you that this book drew me in very early in the first chapter as Kade met what would be his friend and companion on the rest of his journey to becoming a Chosen. Allen’s writing is very descriptive and you can really visualize the characters and what is happening throughout the story. Maybe it helps that I know Allen personally but I was truly able to get a mental picture of what Kade would look like and what his dragon would look like.

Allen has a wonderful imagination that makes this book a pleasure to read. I had a hard time putting it down once I got a couple of chapters into it. His description of dramatic scenes has a way of making you feel like you are right there watching it. I love the way he finds creative and amusing ways to introduce Kade to new characters. The way he writes, you can really feel the connection between the characters as the bonds begin to form. The intense conflict scenes, because let’s face it with magic and dragons there are going to be some, can leave your heart pounding and cause you to read hours into the night because you just have to find out what happens. The finale of this first book leaves you looking immediately for the next one. I feel sorry for anyone who read the first one and had to wait for the second one to be released. On finishing the first one, I went in search of the next one the very next day. I just had to know how the closing scene from book one continued into book two.

Though Fantasy Fiction is not normally on my reading list, I can’t wait to read the rest of this series!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e621b28) out of 5 stars Happy to know this epic continues! Oct. 6 2014
By Dani S. - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
I read a lot. Some might say I read too much. My job affords me the pleasure of constantly being surrounded by books. It's heavenly. Through the many amazing authors, both best selling and indie alike, and the many different genres I enjoy, I have come across some truly sensational literature. With that said, it has been years, upon years since I've found a book that it truly pained me to set down.

Allen J. Johnston has a marvelous imagination and an obvious savvy for storytelling. "The Divine Apprentice" is an intoxicating read and I unabashedly admit I was hooked from the first chapter. I found it a perfect deluge of everything I could ever ask for in an epic fantasy novel. From his original storyline, grisly villains and incredibly depicted action scenes to his clever, believable characters (including a playful yet fierce pet dragon), it was an absolute seamless, fantastical pleasure to read.

I highly recommend this book and series to readers of all ages. There's something within the pages for everyone to enjoy. 5 hearty stars for Allen J. Johnston & "The Divine Apprentice"!
13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e621edc) out of 5 stars Verry good book Jan. 20 2014
By D. Madrigal - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
Picked this one up as a E-book as something to read to help me get to sleep very bad idea that was for hours later drawing near the conclusion of the book realized I was going to have a pretty tired day at work but it was worth it The characters are quite enjoyable the interactions between Kade and Rayden were fun, and I always enjoy a book where the Protagonist has a dragon because come on who doesn't want a dragon for a companion also hoping to see more of Chance well enough typing I'm off to get the next in the series
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9e621e88) out of 5 stars good read! Feb. 28 2014
By Floyd - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Well written, and fun book to read. I am certainly going to be reading the next book to see where the story heads!