The Awakened (Books 1-3), by Jason Tesar
My rating: 5 of 5 stars
From the publisher: The physical dimension is fractured. What remain now are numerous fragmented worlds moving simultaneously through time, sharing a common history, connected only by a guarded portal. On a parallel earth, a child is rescued from prison and trained in the arts of war by a mystical order of clerics. When he returns to his home in search of his family, he becomes entangled in a brutal conspiracy to gain control of the Empire. Racing to unravel the secrecy of the enemy’s identity and motive, he is haunted by the memories of his past and drawn by the destiny that awaits him.
I really, REALLY liked this book, enough so that I bought the other two books (as a very inexpensive 3-ebook set) within minutes of finishing the first one. This series is along the lines of Ted Dekker's Circle Trilogy, with parallel worlds, a battle over the future of humanity, and a prophecy that could turn an unlikely hero into a possible savior. I stayed a little confused (I like that) with the plot, not knowing which direction this would play out. I really enjoyed getting to know the characters, and felt the author did a great job of developing them for their epic journey. A few open story lines make for more books to come, I hope.
NOTE: I read the first book of this series as a free download from smashwords.com, where I was also able to buy the remaining two books.