I just finished reading the new book by Charles E. Yallowwitz, Legends of Windmere: Beginning of a Hero.
In a world of magic and monsters, young Luke Callindor longs for an adventure and when an opportunity so appealing practically lands in his lap, he doesn’t hesitate at the opportunity to take it, even though it costs him a few beatings and the heart-wrenching loss of his best friend. He arrives at the Hamilton Military Academy where he makes a few friends while he searches for the Duke’s heir, who turns out to be one of the more unlikely candidate.
I really enjoyed this book because I felt like I was able to understand where Luke is coming from: he wants to make a name for himself, not just be respected because of his family’s legacy. You can often feel his pain and joy as if it were your own, and the ending leaves you wanting more. There are a few things not meant for younger children, but older teens and adults would enjoy this book. I liked that the author added humor and made his characters very down-to-earth.
You can find his book here, on amazon.com: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00BL9GBU2/ref=cm_cr_mts_prod_img