Book Review:| ELPIS by Aaron McGowan



TITLE: Elpis (Elpis # 1)

AUTHOR: Aaron McGowan

GENRES: Fantasy, Young Adult

PUBLISHER: Hellfun Publishing

FORMAT: Kindle Edition

DATE READ: February 28, 2016


The Potential for Unlimited Power is Revealed… In a world where magical abilities are utilized through the Nexi Stones, there is one stone that stands high above the rest, shrouded in myth and mystery-the Elpis.

Broken into four fragments centuries in the past, the Elpis waits to be pieced back together, and to grant its user godlike powers that could reshape the world forever. Raised in a quiet town, Terico but life ambitions change dramatically, however, when his village is attacked and everything he holds dear is taken away from him.

Delkol, leader of the feared Brotherhood and ruler of the aggressive Shire Kingdom, seeks the pieces of the Elpis, and is willing to burn Terico’s village to the ground in order to find one. When the terror has passed and Terico stands at the greatest crossroads in his life, there is only one thing on his mind-one goal that encompasses his very existence.






“It was pain that brought me to this point. This is my driving force… This is what I have become. I am agony.”

Like what they said, “With Great Power Comes Great Responsibility.” A heart wrenching and fast-paced adventure fantasy book which fulfilled its promise of “no dull moments.” It’s a book with strong characters, significant life lessons and action-packed story line 🙂



Elpis is an epic tale of adventure, magic and revenge about a young boy named Terico who venture out to seek revenge against Delkol, the ruler of the Shire Kingdom, who slaughtered everyone in his village in search for the powerful Elpis stone fragments. Once acquired, The Elpis stone can give anyone the power of a god and this is the reason why it was split into 4 fragments and buried deep in the earth. Terico knew that acquiring this powerful stone will help him defeat Delkol but every power has its price. Along the way, he met loyal companions who fought with him side by side and some sacrificed their life. All of them knew that this battle they are waging, can even cost their lives.

What I like about this book is that it has depth. It’s so eventful and plot wise. In every chapter, everything was significant and each chapter was engrossing and satisfying. It left me at the edge of my seat from the beginning ’til the end and I ached for the characters.

The idea of the Nexi stones fascinated me and the world was so vivid in my imagination.

I have seen variety of revenge books but this one was one of the most sensible stories mainly because even if Terico’s driving force was his thirst for revenge, Terico still found a way to value and care for others more than himself and his mission.

Like what Suran said, Terico has a heart. He has a heart that wanted to protect everyone. He is a genuine and brave person because even after he had lost everything, he didn’t lose his will to go on. Areo & Borely were interesting characters and I can’t wait to see the development of them in the next book because I so dmn ship them. Kitoh & Lanek were awesome and I do wish the Jujor was still with them. And I didn’t hate Delkol. I hate his evil acts but I could clearly see where he’s coming from. He just wanted to prove to his father that he is not a failure. And I think we are like Delkol sometimes, we do things in order to prove others that we are the best and that we shouldn’t be belittled. We live in a world in which we crave for acceptance and recognition for our efforts, And it’s a sad world to live in just like Terico’s, but that doesn’t mean that this life isn’t wonderful.



Even the book is fast paced, Aaron McGowan made sure that he still attend to every important details the readers must know in order to grasp the full story. He carefully explained the things he needed to elaborate without being boring and draggy. His style of writing was engaging and I think that is really important when writing a book. You have to make the readers feel that they are part of the world you are building and not just mere watchers. And Aaron McGowan has done that on this book. The whole time, I felt like I was travelling and fighting side by side with Terico and his friends. It made me wish that I have my own Nexi stone too! He made the characters interesting and relatable and the dialogues were good. He has managed to craft the characters well that I even felt sympathetic with all of them including Delkol.

All in all, this book is highly recommended even you’re not a fan of fantasy. The story will surely take you to different places and introduced you to many different aspects of human character and values in the face of the characters. This is more than a revenge book. This is a story of bravery and finding hope amidst the impossibility that lies ahead after losing everything you once had. This is the story that shows us that very big decision we take has a price to pay. After all, he who wears the crown must bear its weight.

I really enjoyed this book and I thank Mr. Aaron McGowan for writing this and I’ll surely anticipate his future works. Maybe the reason I didn’t give this a five star because I’m still sad over what happened to Terico. But this was really a wonderful book.

I’m excited to read HADERS!!


I got this as a free download on Amazon Kindle (Jan. 19th-23rd promo) and I’m really thankful for this opportunity because I like supporting independent authors’ works too.



That’s all for today. See you next time bookish peeps ❤



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