Crusaders of a Dying Breed by Dave Cravens

(2000-07-05)

On the alternate world of Gaea, Queen Victoria is faced by an evil force led by a man called Devlin. Although she has the help of the Crusaders, heroes with legendary powers, they are destined to loose against Devlin's tech-warriors. When all seems lost, the legendary powers of the dying Crusaders are transferred to their otherworldly twins, four high school teenagers from Pine Grove a small town in the Midwest United States. From here we get to follow the four teenagers as they are suddenly drawn into the fight against Devlin's evil forces.

In many ways the plot is the standard good versus evil, however the unique with this novel is the setting. The best way of describing it is as a combination of science fiction, magic and our everyday world, and to my knowledge this is a concept rarely used in todays fantasy literature. The reason I choose to classify it as fantasy literature is because of the strong aspects of magic that it's built around.

This is definitely not one of those stories that kind of drags on forever, here every page is filled with action which moves the story forward at lightning speed, and all this is written in a language that I find very easy to follow.

What I really like about this novel is the concept of combining magic, technology and todays ordinary world. A truly entertaining story, and the first thing that comes to mind after finishing the book is that it would have made a really great movie.

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