Book Highlight: Adventus by Andrew Mowere

Book Review: Adventus by Andrew Mowere

Title: Adventus

Author: Andrew Mowere

Publisher: Self-published

Publication Date: September 1, 2018

Genre: Fantasy

“What can you do when so many people arrive at your doorstep, bleeding and begging for their lives?”
“You pretend that they’re not people and that you can’t help.”

The elf portal in Yotaku has opened in earnest. Moreover, another portal has opened in each of Jerr and Veld, respectively spewing orcs and dwarves into the realm. With millions of refugees simultaneously fleeing the destruction of their worlds, humanity’s leaders decide to hide the truth and send a joint mission with agents of all major nations.

Yuuto Aimaru, the observer, is chosen to represent Yotaku. This is the purpose for which he has been cruelly bred, a game of intrigue and trickery. Each country cares only to further its designs, and Yuuto is a spy well versed in deceit.

Would Yuuto do anything for his emperor and country?

Why This Book

Adventus may be dark and twisted (to the point where I sometimes questioned what on earth had been going on in the author’s head), but it’s also a powerful and beautiful story of friendship. It has a varied cast of eight characters of different abilities, worlds, countries, and races. They’re all suspicious of each other, making moves to manipulate each other as they travel to slay an ifrit wreaking havoc. But, as they travel, they come to learn to depend on and trust each other, inevitably forming tight bonds. They’re a group of misfits who are expected to fail. Against the odds, they form a sort of found family, one that really pierced my heart as the book came to a close.


My review: “Adventus is a deeply disturbed novel. It’s dark. It’s twisted. It makes me wonder. At the same time, it’s probably one of the most beautiful books about friendship that I’ve ever read. A group of strangers and misfits who are forced together and carry different instructions from their leaders, but somehow manage to become like best friends who will literally do anything for each other”

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