Book Review: Crossing Forbidden Lines by J.W. Baccaro

GS2Title: Crossing Forbidden Lines
Author: J.W. Baccaro
Genre: Fantasy
Age Group: Young Adult and older
Rating: 4 stars
Purchase: Amazon
Review copy provided by Enchanted Book Promotions in exchange for an honest review.

The Elemental Crystals were originally created to protect the earth. However, Abaddon the Demon Lord plans to use them to transform the earth into a realm of haunting darkness and witchery, forever. In Guiding The Blue Flame, a young but powerful Nasharin Warrior, Darshun Luthais is drawn to one of these magical crystals of immense power. He learns he’s the fulfillment of the two thousand year old Prophecy of the Guardian. The Wizard Olchemy informs him that he is the protector and guardian the earth has been waiting for.

With Darshun’s ability to sense the Elemental Crystals, Olchemy devises a plan to obtain them. Accompanied by a small group of companions the hunt is on, in hopes to retrieve the long lost crystals before the Demon Lord claims them. During the journey, Darshun encounters Aurora, the sole survivor of a now extinct people. He falls in love for the first time, and now resents the so-called Guardian of the Prophecy role.

Due to Darshun’s naïve spirit he’s caught off guard by Nayland, a mysterious dark warrior who confronts him about his abandonment of the quest. He reveals that he too, is a Nasharin warrior, though far exceeding Darshun in skill and power. Darshun’s father, Mirabel saves him from death at the hands of Nayland.

Outmatched and in bewilderment from the attack, a fire awakens in Darshun. He plans on reaching his father’s level of power with a journey to Shajin Island, where Nasharin Warriors train. He’ll be gone for only one day in Earth realm time, but due to the magic of the rigorous island, it will be seven long years for him. Entering the mystical realm of Shajin, he eagerly awaits its life threatening challenges.

In Crossing Forbidden Lines, Darshun faces a solemn heartbreaking betrayal by the woman he loves and is left dying from a hideous torture inflicted by the Queen’s guards. He is healed by a female Elf, Kelarin who he calls his angel.

Feeling his power to be tripled, he battles Queen Talvenya’s son and slays him. Thus, earning the Queen’s undying vow of revenge. Afterward, he faces the Demon Lord in a fierce battle which nearly kills him once again. After a mysterious Elder nurses him back to health, he returns to his father, Mirabel to help defeat the massive army of the Demon Lord.

Crossing Forbidden Lines offers a complicated but intriguing fantasy world, amazing characters, and great writing.

Abaddon the Demon Lord wants to use the Elemental Crystals to transform the earth into a realm of darkness and witchery. The army of Asgoth has got their hands on the crystals, and are ready to deliver htem to Abaddon. Darshun returns from the sacred Shajin Island, where he has completed his training. He discovers that he’s the fulfillment of a two thousand year old prophecy: he’s the guardian earth has been waiting for, and the one who must defeat the demon lord once and for all.

After getting betrayed by a woman he fell in love with, Darshun is shackled inside the dungeons of the Dark Queen’s castle. Healed by a female elf named Kelarin, Darshun once again sets out to destroy the forces of evil. But when a battle with the demon lord pushes him to the brink of death, and he’s healed by an Elder, he must combine his forces with those of others to defeat Abaddon’s impressive army.

I didn’t have time to read the first book before I dived into this one, but first change I’ll get, I’ll read the first book. This series is definitely intriguing, and the fantasy world it depicts is rich in detail, and complex enough to keep me entertained for this book, and probably for many more. Darshun is an entertaining character – he struggles to keep patience, but at the same time wants to hurry to fight the demon lord, like two instincts fighting for control inside of him. His struggle was entertaining, and I can’t wait to see his personality develop in the next few books.

An excellent, entertaining read for fantasy readers.



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