Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Blog Tour: Review: Insight

Title - Insight
Author - Terron James
Series - Beholders #1
Genre - YA Fantasy
Expected Publication - June 1st
Publisher - Jolly Fish Press
Format - Physical Arc


James has masterfully crafted the mystical land of Appernysia, a world brimming with rich history and magic that readers of all types will find delight in discovering.

Rumors are surging through Appernysia that a Beholder has been born, the first wielder of True Sight in over a millennium.

Seventeen-year-old Lon Marcs discovers he has been blessed—or cursed—with this gift. He cannot control the power of True Sight and feels it killing him with each passing day. He realizes that the only people who might possess the knowledge to save his life are the sworn enemies of his king. To obtain their help, Lon would have to journey into exile, leaving behind his village, family, and beloved Kaylen.

Although this is the hardest decision Lon has ever made, it is only the first of many that will test his strength and challenge his interpretation of right and wrong.


 I received Insight from the publisher Jolly Fish Press in return for an honest review. Insight is about three main characters Lon Marcs, his twin sister Mellai and his fiancĂ© Kaylen. The Rayders have been searching for the Beholder who has been rumored to be born this generation. The first is a very long time that may change the future for both the Rayders and Appernysians. Lon shares a special connection with his twin Mellai that she can feel what he’s feeling.

Lon is the hunted Beholder yet he’s unable to control his gift it’s actually killing him with each time True Sight overtakes him. His father before he left them was once a Rayder attempts to help Lon gain control over the True Sight but after an accident that almost kills Kaylen he flee’s . Lon’s only choice is to join the Rayders hoping his father’s friend will be able to help him control the True Sight before it kills him.

While Lon sneaks away from Pree without saying goodbye his sister and fiancĂ© also leave Pree heading for his grandparents town. Mellai decides to stay with her grandparents while Kaylen decides to continue on with the traveler’s right to the city where the king lives.  While Kaylen takes a job as a handmaid Mellai is enjoying her peaceful existence with her grandparents.

Lon’s adventure is anything but simple he has to journey across Appernysia just to reach where the Rayders are in Exile. Upon reaching Exile Lon will be tested risking his life to prove himself worthy to join the Rayders. Once he proves himself he’s invited to join the elite ranks, getting the chance to learn how to control his True Sight with the help of his father’s friend. Lon doesn’t want to be with the Rayders but if it’s the only way he can protect Kaylen then he will do it. Lon comes up with the idea of uniting the two groups of people like they once were and attempts to put his plan in motion changing everything for all of them.

Insight is my first real epic fantasy book so I was a little unsure but it proved itself. Insight is a captivating story with a unique concept that captures the heart. A fast paced action adventure that kept me on the edge of my seat till the end. The characters are easy to connect with you can’t help cheering them on as they each have their own struggles. I enjoyed that the author gives us Mellai and Kaylen’s story because they enhance Lon’s story since he is the main focus. I also like the Insight is a clean story so that teens as well as adults will love it as much as I do. I really loved the whole idea of Insight and I’m anxiously waiting the next book it can’t come fast enough. 

 5 out of 5 stars

About the author:

Born in the wrong age, TERRON JAMES continually fantasizes of
shining steel, majestic stone architecture, thundering cavalry rushes,
and opportunities to prove his honor.
James is an English teacher and a member and recent president of the
Tooele Chapter of the League of Utah Writers. He currently lives in Tooele, Utah, with his wife and four kids.

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  1. Awesome review! This sounds great. Thanks for the giveaway :)

  2. What an awesome review! I've had this book on my TBR list for too long, I think this weekend I am anxious to start it!

  3. Insight sounds like a great epic fantasy. The characters sound interesing, especially Lon. Great Review, I'm glad you enjoyed Insight :) Thanks for stopping by Book Swoon too!