Ignatius and the Swords of Nostaw is the first in an action-packed series perfect for readers who love an impossible mission led by an unlikely hero.
The coming-of-age story follows teenager Ignatius (nicknamed “Iggy”) who finds himself transported to a medieval world filled with magic. In the Kingdom of Skye, Iggy develops special powers and accomplishes quests in an effort to find his way home, fighting the evildoers along the way. While the genre is fantasy and the setting includes magic, mythological creatures, celestial races, and different lands, action-adventure is the undercurrent of the writing style, unveiling clues and surprises as the plot unfolds.
This YA fantasy is perfect for both teens and adults, as it gently reminds us that we are responsible for our destiny – and the most unexpected people can be the best teachers.
I received this audiobook for free via The Audiobookworm and the author. All comments and opinions are entirely my own and this review is voluntary.
In this YA fantasy, 15-year-old Iggy is transported from our world into the kingdom of Skye. Why? He has no clue. But thankfully there are some pretty cool swords to help him stay alive until he figures it out.
I really enjoyed the fast pace of this book and the simplicity of the story. It’s a classic Arthurian fantasy that reminded me of the stories I loved as a kid. Swords. The unlikely Chosen One. Quests. And of course monster slaying. It’s a thrilling ride from start to finish and I truly have no complaints!
The narrator was incredibly good and brought me into the story. Narrators definitely affect whether or not I enjoy an audiobook and Tim Campbell did a stupendous job at voice characterization and keeping me interested in the plot at all times. He also knew when he was coming up on a plot twist and I applaud him for the slight pauses that built the tension even more.
As for content that I need to mention, there were a few things that were a little off-putting but I don’t consider them severe enough to deduct a whole star, so my rating is actually 4.5 stars that is rounded up on sites that don’t accept halves. During Iggy’s brief time in the high school at the beginning of the book, a girl tries to bate Iggy into a fight with her boyfriend by flashing him her undergarments and claiming he was “ogling” her. Iggy was chivalrous and looked away immediately, though he and his brother did make jokes about it together later. Unfortunately, I know how common this type of situation is in high school, so it made Iggy’s experience incredibly realistic. Is it necessary to the story? No. Could it have been left out? Absolutely. So, there’s that. But these brief few paragraphs in the story is the only thing that is even slightly questionable in this book and I don’t think the whole story deserves a star deduction for that. There is some crude language and name calling, as well as sporadic, mild cursing (I think I counted three or four times throughout the whole book). Again, unnecessary for a book meant for teens, but it’s hard to find any books without it these days so it wasn’t enough to knock a star in my opinion.
So overall, I really enjoyed Iggy’s story and I’m excited to finish the series and see his quest to completion!
Author: D.A. Mucci
Narrator: Tim Campbell
Length: 8 hours 25 minutes
Publisher: St. Barts Publishing⎮2021
Genre: YA Fantasy
Series: The Ignatius Series, Book 1
Release date: Nov. 22, 2021