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ABEN

BOYALMIGHTY

BY

DANIEL ROYER'S

KIRKUS REVIEW:

"Brisk, Entertaining Supernatural Romp." 

A 13-year-old boy becomes a superpowered defender of planets throughout the universe in Royer’s debut novel, which launches an SF/adventure series.

When a new family moves to his North Carolina neighborhood, Aben Egole meets Nastera Roshen, a girl his age. She wastes no time in showcasing her supernatural abilities by teleporting Aben to planet Zonda. Nastera is there to recruit Aben to the Astroknights, a group that protects planets from foreign invaders. She furthermore activates his dormant powers, which stem from his mother, Marlya, who’s been MIA for nine years. Aben learns that not only is his mother an alien, but that she’s alive and well, safely residing on her home planet. Aben subsequently develops and hones such abilities as telepathy and flight. Soon joined by his father, Col. Ivory Egole, the teenager and his fellow Astroknights embark on missions to help others, confronting winged creatures and more. These missions play a part in creating the universe’s first alliance, the Fortress of Planets. An alliance, however, may not be possible as long as tyrannical Imperial Gen. Warnod and his warships remain a perpetual menace. Consequently, a battle between the Astroknights and Warnod may be unavoidable. Royer begins this novel full-tilt as Nastera introduces herself and then teleports Aben by the very next page. The novel covers a wide range of characters, planets, and subplots, including Astroknights’ training or undergoing specific missions. As such, action scenes are sometimes over too quickly. Nevertheless, myriad abilities are on display, like shape-shifting and invisibility. And while Aben harnesses incredible skills (e.g., creating a vortex), he’s a mostly relatable teen protagonist. He, for example, is not invulnerable, as he doesn’t win every confrontation, and Aben can be impetuous, putting himself at unnecessary risk by going off on his own.

S.F. Author Daniel B. Royer

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