The World of Karov (Children of Demilee #1)
by Elyse Salpeter
Published December 2012
Adam and Alec look like identical twins, but their personalities are as different as possible. Adam is gentle and kind, whereas Alec is the essence of nightmares. Always jealous of his twin, Alec does everything he can to destroy his brother’s happiness, including kidnapping Adam’s fiancée on their wedding day and disappearing with her deep into the Canadian mountains. Adam searches for them for months, but he never finds them.
Just when Adam is at his most grief-stricken point, a stranger appears and offers him a chance for a new life in a land filled with magic, gems, and powers unimaginable; a world mysteriously led by a special tribe of children who have hidden themselves away from a great evil that is seeking to destroy them. Adam takes the chance and goes with the stranger, but his past is never far from his mind. Eventually, reality comes back to haunt Adam, resulting in a final showdown with his brother…. and this time, only one will win.
It’s been a long time since I last read a book in high fantasy genre. Feels so magical to open up a book that takes you to a tumultuous journey, like World of Karov. The twins, Alec and Adam, are like two peas in a pod when it comes to appearance, but are total opposites in attitude. Mild mannered and good-natured Adam is someone you would root for, but he isn’t particularly lucky with his father and twin brother Alec. Their father attacks and abuses them, including their mother, and Alec even hurts him more because of his jealousy and rage.
When Adam’s fiance goes missing, he scours the village to look for her, and ends up in vain. His evil brother Alec actually kidnaps Arianna to make him pay. When everything seems lost and desperation takes over Adam, he meets a stranger that leads him to the World of Karov. Soon his life changes in more ways than one.
This is definitely a page-turner. It’s like I’m re-reading The Man in The Iron Mask, but this one is more magical, more intense and albeit darker and sinister. The World of Karov is a well thought out story, a little dark and savage, yet it was still full of adventure and mysteries. The writing was incredibly engaging. and the world building was impressive, too. Can’t find fault with this gem!