The Drogue by M.A. Nichols

51rurs5zbbl**I was contacted by the author to review this book. I got it through Kindle Unlimited but then liked it so much, I bought it.**

Creating worlds is hard, and it takes talent and skill to do it well. This author nails it. From the very beginning, the reader is drawn into this alternate universe and the real world drama that the main character, Annie, has to face. I felt the author did a great job of “showing” the story instead of “telling” the story. The author goes beyond the typical YA fantasy tropes we see today. Yes, the kids in the book are wizards going to school, but the story becomes more twisted and involved so it transforms the reader into a new fantasy world. I really appreciated that the characters in this book acted and reacted like real young adults. They react to situations just like the young adults I know in my life. I’m looking forward to reading the next book.

From Amazon blurb:

No one knows for certain what the Drogue is or where it came from, but the Dark Knights have spent millennia searching for it. And now, they know who has it. Even if he doesn’t realize it.

For as long as Jake could remember, he’s felt writhing, wriggling energy floating in the air around him, but no one believed it. Not even his own father. Don’t talk about it. Just ignore it. Only crazy people sense things no one else can.

Just act normal.

But when his father disappears in the middle of a parking lot, Jake’s definition of normal changes forever. Here one minute and gone in a cloud of smoke the next, his dad vanishes in front of Jake’s eyes, abandoning him to a hidden world of wizards, magic, and the mystery of the Drogue. Jake doesn’t know why the Dark Knights think he has it, but he must find it before they find him. For where the Dark Knights go, death follows.

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