Thirteen-year old Gabriel Salvador knew if he had a dream where something happened to him, that thing would happen in real life. One night, Gabriel dreamed he was going to drown. He then knew he would die soon. Gabriel wakes up to find himself in a strange room and is told that his family and friends think he is dead because he drowned. He was saved from death by a Time Mage and the Mages made a copy of him to replace him in his other life, so he can’t go back no matter what. Mages are magicians or wizards that can use one of six different magics (fire, wind, heart-tree, time, earth and soul). Gabriel soon finds out he is also a Mage and he can control and travel though time. Gabriel learns that there are “Malignancy Mages” that use their magic for evil and they want to kidnap Gabriel and use his powers. Gabriel eventually learns that he is The Seventh True Mage, a person who can use all six magics. But Gabriel gets captured by an evil Mage and it looks like he can’t escape.
I really liked this story. I thought the Mages were cool and I liked learning about the different Mages. The action and the magic fights in the book were described really well and the time traveling and history (Gabriel traveled to different periods of time) were some of the really great parts of the book. I liked the story, but it isn’t for a kid my age. Although Mr. Breedon wrote the action and battle parts really well, the book didn’t have the humor mixed in to it like a lot of the action/fantasy books I read for kids my age. There was also a bunch of bad language that just didn’t need to be in there. I think the book would be good for older kids and adults who like fantasy and time travel. Gabriel was an awesome main character. He is the kind of kid-hero I do like to read about. I would like to see him in a middle-grade book!
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