In Shakeil Kanish and Larissa Mandeville’s, The Sigil, we meet Lake, who idolised his brother, he was everything he aspired to be. Brilliant, clever, successful. So when tragedy strikes, Lake’s world is torn apart in more ways than he can imagine. Through his grief he encounters a secret his brother had been harbouring, another world, within their own, one where magic is real. Lake found his brother’s invitation to a special school, and with Dev lost, his parents in mourning, and no prospects of his own, Lake decides to accept the invitation in his brother’s stead. Little did he know what he was getting into. His presence caused a stir, and things not seen for a long time begin to emerge, threatening the existence of both worlds.
Shakeil Kanish and Larissa Mandeville’s The Sigil is a gripping urban fantasy suitable for new adults and older. In places, this well-devised novel reminded me of a cross between the tv series the Magicians, and Earthsea. Lake, A boy unaware of magic’s reality, is taken to a secret school for those who have the necessary genes to use faeri, and through his first-person perspective, coupled with Nova’s, the reader is thrust into an imaginative world of magic, mayhem, and danger. Within this escalating plot is also a tale of friendship and healing, deception and betrayal. The characters are well created, with deep, unique, and vivid personalities. There are scenes that will move you to tears, and surprises in store that leave you amazed. Whimsical, magical, and moving, this will appeal to a wide range of fantasy lovers, especially those who enjoy character-driven plots.