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The Awakening, Book One of The Triumvirate
Bevan McGuiness

On the outskirts of the Asan Empire a girl, Hwenfayre, grows up in a remote coastal settlement as an outsider. Her only pleasure is a beautiful driftwood harp that was left to her by her father. In playing the harp, she finds that she can control the waters of the ocean. In the Asan capital the son of the first advisor, Shanek, begins to notice things are changing… he has a growing ability to sense the thoughts of other people. Meanwhile, in a small village another young man, Aldere, discovers powers within himself that force him to flee the safety of home into the wild world. Shanek stumbles across information about the ancient enemy of the Asan Empire, who is preparing to rise once more, and ensure these strange powers will not be allowed to rise unchallenged.

The Awakening is the first book of an epic new series from Australian author Bevan McGuiness. It starts of slowly, setting up the world for the viewer, and gathers momentum as the reader is swept along the story. The premise of the story is fairly straight forward – an Empire is being threatened by the rising of their ancient enemy and in response a Triumvirate of individuals begins to manifest strange powers to combat this enemy. However, I found the book to be a very enjoyable read, and a welcome addition to the ranks of Australian fantasy. I’m looking forward to reading the next book in the series, to see how the events continue to unfold.


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