Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Champions of Power

Champions of Power (Age of the Aura, #1)The Blessed Galaxy had no other name. After being gifted with the Auras, five great powerhouses of celestial creation, the title was a suitable fit. While harnessing such energies, the governing bodies have ruled their respected reaches of the Galaxy for a number of millennia. But now they face the threat of an inevitable calamity that could shake the lives of everyone, caused by one of the five Auras.

After accepting a sudden promotion, a devout man of science, named Lowen Sars, decides to take on the burden of saving the Galaxy’s people once he learns of the calamity. But he soon realizes that the role of a hero was a calling not meant for him. In his process of self-discovery, Lowen inadvertently begins the fateful saga of not only the Blessed Galaxy, but also the kingdom in possession of the corrupt Aura, and especially its two young heirs of the throne.

*May Contain Spoilers*

Samuel Odunsi Jr. writes of a galaxy threatened by the very thing that gives it power in his novel, Champions of Power, the first in the Age of Aura series. With five planets comprising this galaxy, the entire civilization is in distress when the Auras start releasing dangerous flares, harming and killing the citizens. 

Lowen is one of the main characters who is deemed the unworthy hero. He is a wise character with a strategic mind who finds a way to save the planets from the Aura atrocity, but no one believes him nor respects him enough to give him a chance to help. Lowen decidedly goes against the leader's wishes and joins forces with an unlikely alliance. Lowen is intelligent and dependable, but I think a deeper look into his background would allow character to really form a connection with him. 

Tor and Ambrose are the heirs to the throne in Aortia, the planet that houses the rogue Aura. Part of the novel revolves around their kingdom and how the Aura is affecting the citizens of that planet. Tor is the brother who is always in control. He looks objectively at every situation while Ambrose is swayed easily with heightened emotions. I think readers will connect with these brothers the most based on their full background. 

The plot line in very intriguing with a group of planets that may be on the brink of extinction. Though the language is formal and the dialogue a little stiff at times, the novel is a good dip into science fiction. It's short in length and, even with the methodical language, I think many readers will be able to appreciate the story that Odunsi writes. 

Rating: 2.5/5 Cups

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