“At first the various worlds can be confusing but I quickly lost myself in the story and the different groups of people called on as the "Chosen" to save the universe. While not the typical fantasy novel, it blends together the different personalities and lifestyles while keeping them unique among...”see full review » see other reviews »
“At first the various worlds can be confusing but I quickly lost myself in the story and the different groups of people called on as the "Chosen" to save the universe. While not the typical fantasy novel, it blends together the different personalities and lifestyles while keeping them unique among the different people involved.”CP Bialois wrote this review Sunday, April 8, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Saving the universe will start with a prophecy, but will need more than a promise of hope to succeed in the end when a part of it is killed.
Their enemy are the Mekans, who are a mining force that excel at absolute destruction in stripping worlds of all their worth. Backed by their immense size and ability to repair, the only way to take them out is by a more powerful force.
Four Guardians are selected to seek out and train the Chosen, as only they stand a chance to stop the Mekans. Brok was my favorite of the Guardians, as he definitely has his hands full. Jon was my favorite of the Chosen, as every time he used his dark power I braced myself for the worst possible outcome. Gwen was my second favorite, for the depth to her personality and her inner-conflict.
Shay Fabbro does an amazing job of bringing to life vivid, unique worlds and characters, and then bringing them together. Be prepared to travel to Gentra, Astra, Kromin, Volgon and Earth while you train to face your destiny. I look forward to reading the sequel, Shattered Destiny, to see the challenges that the Chosen face next.”
“As a fellow Science Fiction author I really have to tip my hat to Shay. The characterization and multiple planets are just amazing. She was able to build some of the best worlds and believable characters. They showed just how much imagination that Shay has and being able to blend them all together…. all I can say is BRAVO!!! I have to say that this is one of the top reads that I have ever done for a fellow author. The detail was just amazing and easy to follow. The planets and the cultures that occupied each one really flowed. The Chosen really has me wanting more and I look forward to the next novel in her Portals of Destiny series. All I can say is you really need to read this one!!!! She is definitely tops in the Science Fiction world. I wouldn’t be surprised if you see this one on the big screen someday soon!”G. R. Holton wrote this review Sunday, April 24, 2011. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The Mekans were built to mine and collect resources. Somewhere along the way though, something went terribly wrong. Now these giant machines travel from world to world leaching the resources until there isn’t much left.
The entire galaxy is in danger but a Gentran prophecy may hold the key. It would seem that The Chosen have the ability to bring down the Mekans and save the universe. A decision is made to help the prophecy along a little. Four specially trained Guardians are sent to four different planets. Their job: to collect, train, and protect The Chosen. Then, when the time comes bring these young beings back to Gentra where they will prepare to do the impossible.
As one would expect, The Chosen has a huge cast of characters. After all, each Guardian is responsible for a handful or more chosen. At first, I was a bit concerned that I would get a bit lost in the who’s who of the story. In this the author did a spectacular job. I was surprised at how easy it was to remember each character (or set of characters with regards to the clones) once the groups met in Gentra.
Moreover, having such a diverse group allows for some very interesting interactions and personal conflicts as well as realistically accounting for the skills and talents that are necessary to undertake this enormous task. As this is the first book in the trilogy, we are just starting to understand what is expected of this group. However, already we have a good number of wrinkles and some hints that it’s not going to be easy.