Legends of Windemere: The Compass Key by Charles E. Yallowitz


Legends of Windemere: The Compass Key is the fifth installment of this fantasy adventure series. It takes place immediately after Legends of Windemere: Family of the Tri-Rune with our heroes finding themselves fighting through the monster-infested Caster Swamp.

Sari has been captured by the Lich and brought to his castle in the Caster Swamp to be experimented on. A new villain named Stephen wants to see what makes the prophesized champions tick now that Sari has fallen into his hands. Meanwhile, Luke Callindor has raced into the swamp to rescue her and his allies have gone in search of him. With strange monsters and two armies between them and the Lich’s castle, they have a great battle ahead of them. When the dust settles, our heroes will find that this is only the beginning.

Trinity and the Chaos Elves have invaded the city of Gaia in search of a mysterious relic called the Compass Key. It is rumored to be the key to rescuing Sari whose comatose body has been taken to the Island of Pallice. From battling on griffins to investigating a haunted jail, the young champions will be facing danger at every turn. Even with vampires and ogres in their path, the biggest danger might be from Stephen who has taken an interest in Nyx and her intoxicating magic. Can they handle a being with a love of evil and more power than anything they have ever fought before?

This is a high action book due to many plotlines coming to a head. Unlike the previous volumes, the heroes are within the territory of their enemies. The Lich controls Caster Swamp while Trinity and her men are prowling Gaia, which means there are very few places to hide. Even Rainbow Tower is shown to be susceptible when it comes under attack. An interesting result of there being at least one big fight in every chapter is that you can see the characters get worn down. One even talks about being at the end of his nerves and how he doesn’t know how many more battles he can take. Legends of Windemere: The Compass Key shows the stamina and determination of the heroes to the point where you can see them continue fighting in times of weakness.

The main story takes a major leap forward in Legends of Windemere: The Compass Key and sets the stage for the rest of the series. This is where the prophecy is shown in more detail and the champions are forced to acknowledge that they might not live beyond the final battle.

The adventure continues in Legends of Windemere: Curse of the Dark Wind.  Coming to Kindle on December 12th!