Insight is a brave new, YA fantasy set in a well-fleshed out world. As young children, Lon and his sister Mellai were uprooted from their home and moved far away by their parents after a strange, unexplained incident that would have left neighbors asking too many questions.
Years later, rumors that a Beholder--an individual of great, mystical power--has been born plague the countryside and the hated Raiders are looking for this person.
Adventure comes quickly as Raiders invade their home town and Lon starts to experience strange incidents with abilities he can't control. He has to decide what is best for his home and his family and whether he can lead a normal life with these abilities.
Overall, Insight is very well-written and Terron James is a promising new author. For me, the YA element of the story made it a bit less appealing. Of course, you all know I prefer adult literature, so it's really just my personal preference. I like edgier reads and can get bored otherwise.
On top of that, I was really weighed down with other projects while reading this, so it took me a long time to get through it which made it seem harder to wade through than it actually was. But that was my life being annoying, and no reflection on the writing.
That said, I thought the adventure in this story was great. It flowed very well and I can see that we've been set up for future volumes.
If you like YA fantasy--in the vein of John Flanagan's The Ranger's Apprentice--then you will thoroughly enjoy this novel. I'm interested to see where the series goes and what else James has in store for us.
What's YOUR favorite YA fantasy?