Book Review: A Treat for Middle-Grade Readers

The Search for Synergy by Brett Salter

“The Search For Synergy” is the first book in The Talisman Series by author Brett Salter. It follows the exploits of two middle-school boys, Rome Lockheed and Julian Rider, as they transition from normal kids into epic warriors fighting for the existence of the Earth realm. Rome is secretly a fire dragon from the Den of Volcana placed under a spell which hides his true form. Julian is an oddball, up-and-coming knight with a case of the “try-hards”. Together, they perform an ancient pact which bonds their lives and souls forever. Under the tutelage and guidance of an eccentric, local librarian, Mr. Jones, the two learn of an impending invasion from an archaic evil desperate to invade from the other side of The Void.

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Quick Take

The Search for Synergy by Brett Salter is a dragon filled fantasy with relatable characters that will appeal to middle grade readers.

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Middle grade books can often feel like they are dumbed down, or do not contain a story that is complex and worthy of middle grade readers. But this was not the case with The Search for Synergy. Brett Salter brought forth a fantasy adventure that was one of a kind and a joy to read – even as an adult! He is clearly a new and important voice in middle grade literature, and he is sure to make avid fans of his readers.

The Search for Synergy focuses on two middle-school boys – Rome and Julian. Rome is a secret fire dragon, while Julian is a knight, and they perform an ancient pact that bonds their souls forever. Both boys are guided by Mr. Jones, a local librarian, who teaches them how to fight evil. What ensues is the adventure of a lifetime.

Salter’s writing is easy to understand and appropriate for middle grade readers. His characters were fun and complex, and I am positive that readers of all genders will relate to them and find solace in their story. I found the story to be comical while heartfelt, and it was an enjoyable read.

However, some of the dialogue did seem a little unrealistic. At times I felt like Salter was trying too hard to capture the voices of middle grade characters. This detracted from the story for me, but since I am not the target audience, it may not bother other readers.

The Search for Synergy is an engaging and fun fantasy adventure that is a welcome addition to the middle grade market. I look forward to seeing where Salter takes this story, and I think that young readers will find solace in the world that he created.


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