Book Review: Brink of Dawn


Brink of Dawn picks up where the multiple-award-winning first book in the Chosen series, Wind Catcher, left off, but it can also be read as a stand-alone novel. Continue the adventure! And be sure to watch for the third and final installment in this exciting series, Scorched Souls, to launch in late 2016.

Brink of Dawn is the follow-up to the multiple award-winning Wind Catcher:

They walk among us as if they are gods.

Only the Chosen know what they are.

Only the Chosen know to fear them.

And only the Chosen can defeat them.

Juliet Wildfire Stone and her best friend, Troy Buckhorn, barely escaped their sleepy Arizona town alive. Now they’re speeding to New York City to find the three other Chosen. The Chosen must band together to face an ancient foe that threatens all humanity.

Yet Juliet doesn’t know whom to trust, and strange things are happening in the City.

The Chosen will be tested, their resolve questioned, and their flaws exposed. Each must decide whether he or she will fulfill their destiny—or run. To defeat the enemy, they must stop battling among themselves and overcome their own struggles.

Only one can lead them. Will Juliet embrace her powers in time?

Hey Lovers, 

Remember when I reviewed The Wind Catcher? If you don’t, check it out  here. Brink of Dawn picks up right where Wind Catcher ended. Juliet and her best friend Troy are now on the run. They’ve made their way to New York City where things go completely crazy. I loved the New York City setting for the book because as a native New Yorker I am familiar with some of the places they visited. 

When they arrive in New York they meet Stuart the weird owner of their hotel only to find out he’s part of this new supernatural world they inhabit. After their arrival they meet the other Chosen ones. There’s Akari (I love that name). She’s from Japan. There’s Blake the germ-a-phobe who’s from a wealthy family and is still getting used to the idea of being Chosen. The crew is made complete by Connor who apparently has a drinking problem. 

Brink of Dawn has more fantasy elements than the Wind Catcher but when looking the books together it is definitely a natural progression. After reading the Wind Catcher I was so impressed with how the main character Juliet was so well developed. In fact, that precise character development of Juliet is what makes this catch the young and the young at heart. 

Juliet has some tough choices to make in the Brink of Dawn. Not only is she no longer a regular human, her relationship with Troy has to change too. That was the one thing that always seemed stable. As each new character and new piece of information is introduced throughout the book more questions are prompted. What doesn’t she know? Why were they all chosen? Who can they trust? Will they have to kill? Will things ever be normal again? Are there families safe? Is the universe safe?  These are just  some of the questions I had. Each new question makes it so you can’t put this book down. I’m looking forward to the rest of the series and I’d definitely recommend it to young people and adults alike if you like fantasy with a lot of suspense. 

About the Authors

jeff altabefJeff Altabef is an award winning author who lives in New York with his wife, two daughters, and Charlie the dog. He spends time volunteering at the writing center in the local community college. After years of being accused of “telling stories,” he thought he would make it official. He writes in both the thriller and young adult genres. Fourteenth Colony, a political thriller, was his debut novel. Evolved Publishing has published Jeff’s second thriller, Shatter Point, which won the Pinnacle Book Achievement Award for Fall 2014 in the category of Best Thriller.

Jeff’s first young adult novel, Wind Catcher: A Chosen Novel will be published in March by Evolved Publishing. He’s extremely excited that his daughter, Erynn Altabef, is his co-author on the Chosen Series. As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those that like telling stories.

As an avid Knicks fan, Jeff is prone to long periods of melancholy during hoops season. Jeff has a column on The Examiner focused on writing and a blog designed to encourage writing by those who like telling stories.

Click here to purchase a copy of Brink of Dawn. 

*I received a free advanced copy of the book for review. I was not compensated in any other way for this review.

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