The Twelve Tasks
The vibrant universe contains twelve magicked worlds. Each is filled with entities both powerful and mighty whose actions and reactions effect the precarious balance that sustains all life. Over the centuries, when the shadow of war threatens to destroy the universe, a single individual has appeared to challenge the dark forces. Although these warriors, known simply as Djed, have succeeded in the past, there is no guarantee of success in the future.
No one knows how the Djed are chosen or by whom. They always appear on one of the magicked worlds without warning, always from a world that does not host magic. What is known that the next Djed is prophesied to be a child from Earth. Thirteen-year-old Katie must accomplish twelve difficult and dangerous tasks to prove she is the next Djed and, if acclaimed, accept a daunting challenge.
The Twelve Tasks
The Djed Chronicles Book 1
The precarious balance between two opposing forces has begun to shift and threatens the very existence of life throughout the universe. Only the Djed—the prophesied savior—has a chance of thwarting a catastrophe that could destroy the cosmos. And the next Djed is predicted to be a child of Earth.
Katie awakens on a world far from her own, a world bound in magic, one of twelve that hosts entities of vast power and might. She is suspected to be that savior. However, to be acclaimed Djed, difficult and dangerous tasks, one on each of the magicked worlds, must be completed. Katie and a menagerie of misfit companions—a precocious witch, a half-blood elf, and a humanoid pup—work together to discover her fate. If proven true, a terrible burden will be placed upon her, one that will link her destiny with war, a war led by a thirteen-year-old girl.
The Djed Chronicles follows Katie over her teenage years as she confronts dark forces and discovers that the right choices are not always apparent and wrong choices can have deadly consequences.
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“If the Djed was not discovered and proven true, the scales would tip too far, the balance would be shattered, equilibrium lost. And along with it, all life.” In The Twelve Tasks (Djed Chronicles, Book 1) by Katharine E. Wibell, 13-year-old Katie wakes up in a strange world filled with magic and fantastical humanoid beings known as the 'Ntr'. She finds out that she's a Djed; a prophesied warrior who can stop a catastrophe that could destroy the universe. To prove that she is a true Djed, she must complete twelve tasks that will give her items necessary for her battle against her formidable foe. Working together with a gifted witch, a halfling, and an Ntr pup, Katie must become the savior that the universe needs before it's too late.
Twelve tasks in twelve worlds; the story premise gives the world-building its wonderfully complex structure which in turn gives the plot its depth and room for character development. There are aspects derived from classic myths and legends that readers will love as they provide a sense of familiarity to the fantastical realms that also have unique features of their own. As a 13-year-old who misses home but tries her best to fulfill her purpose, Katie is admirably courageous but also has much to learn about the importance of virtue. Her camaraderie with the young witch, Sar’ra, is not easy as she has the same stubbornness as Katie and has her own goal to achieve. Filled with danger and surprise encounters, the tasks constantly challenge Katie and her companions' resolve and, at times, trust becomes an issue. With action, gritty adventure, friendship, and self-discovery, Katharine E. Wibell's The Twelve Tasks is an epic young adult fantasy, a great start for the Djed Chronicles.
4 of 5 stars
I positively adored Katharine E. Wibell’s Incarn series and was more than happy to dive into The Twelve Tasks when I found out the author had a new book for me to devour. Upon finishing The Twelve Tasks, I’m convinced I’ll be rapidly consuming another series by the author.
The Twelve Tasks offers all the goodness people expect from fantasy adventures. From interesting worlds to gripping characters, from tasks to magic, and more, The Twelve Tasks has a bit of everything. From the start, it pulls readers in and has them curious to see how the details will play out. As the story develops, more and more details are added to ensure they cannot put the book down. It is a story where the pieces come together in a wonderful way, ensuring the reader will want more of the characters and the worlds.
If I had to pick the thing that I enjoyed most about this one, though, I would have to go with the way the author took known mythologies and mixed them into unique fantasy worlds. There were so many nods throughout – I doubt I caught them all – and I adored watching the way they all came together and were made unique to the story without deviating too much from the known. It ensured I could not get enough, and I’m curious to see what else the series offers.
Without a doubt, The Twelve Tasks is a brilliant start to the Djed Chronicles, and I cannot wait to see what comes next.