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The Pearl of Immortality

3.50  ·  Rating details ·  14 ratings  ·  14 reviews
‘Fantasy fans of all ages who love meaty chunks of layered mythology and a strict light versus dark dynamic should enjoy this series’ opening volume’ Kirkus Reviews

A world exists that is dominated by the forces of Light and Dark magic. A world where The Sands of Time comes to life, a unique and compelling epic fantasy.

Xerxes discovers an ancient golden lamp in a shop of
Published August 17th 2017 by Nishi Singh
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Corrine Cassels
May 12, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually would probably give this book 3.5 stars, but I rounded up. It felt more like a draft than a finished product, but the story was gripping and entertaining which made up for the flaws. I’ve read a lot of YA fantasy and sci-fi novels and there’s a lot that kind of blend into each other, it’s hard to find worlds and storylines that feel original. This one definitely read as original, taking cliche fantasy elements and transforming them into something unique. I did find a little bit of a ...more
Faith Rivens
Sep 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
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An impressive fantasy epic that balances humour and heart. Xerxes is plucked from his world to a new planet where he discovers a new destiny. He is the Dragonheart. At times the world building could become expositional and drag on. And the dialogue was occasionally anachronistic which disrupted the flow of the prose. But this is a strong series lead in for a thoroughly enjoyable adventure fantasy.
Aimee Ann
Oct 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Pearl of Immortality is a thrilling, magical tale that will sweep you away to 18th century Persia for a captivating journey that you will not forget for a long time! The Pearl of Immortality is an engrossing, enthralling read that enchanted me from the first page; I found this book to be so phenomenal and addictive that I found it unputdownable which is always a great sign when reading a book! The plot was riveting thanks to the whimsical twists and turns that kept me entertain and ...more
Zack Kahiri
Sep 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Now I am not one to spoil anything, not even the revealed and shocking evidence of the mysterious DB Cooper's recovered cash, but if you are one to stare into the heart of fantasy and believe in the fire of adventure that bursts within you, then do yourself a solid and grab a copy of this mystical journey and prepare yourself.
The tale of two young men, Xerxes and Kaspar, who are your usual teenage boys bustling for glory and girls, capture a thrilling accidental escape through a magical shop of

Two kids get whisked away to a different planet after they encounter a magic lamp. One (Xerxes) becomes a dragon rider, with an appropriate training montage to go along with his newfound skills. The other (Kaspar) rescues a princess and is eventually chosen to inherit the powers of a legendary warrior. Naturally, there’s evil afoot so the protagonists must embark on the usual fantasy-style quest to save the world from the forces of darkness. Xerxes and company seem to constantly be getting
Katherine Parsons
Oct 17, 2017 rated it liked it
Nishi singh follows in a long line of dragon-centric fantasy novels. Choosing a theme so often done before, the novel becomes a minefield of tropes and overused plot devices - impossible to escape regardless of how good the story and characters themselves may be. That said, for young adults who have yet to become over-familiar with this brand of fantasy, it is a fun read. The story itself is very enjoyable, if predictable throughout: two ordinary boys traversing extraordinary circumstances.

Shells Walter
Sep 18, 2017 rated it liked it
The Pearl of Immortality by Nishi Singh, is a story that deals with two teenage boys, Xerxes and Kaspar who one day go to a shop and discover a lamp that transports them to a different world called Ishtar. In this new world, they both discover what their true purpose is.

Nishi Singh was amazing with characters' physical descriptions. It was impressive to be able to visually interrupt what each character looked like and what they were wearing. However, detail was not as strong for the story's
Sep 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This magical read, set in 18th century Persia, is a truly captivating tale. The Pearl of Immortality, by Nishi Singh, engaged my reader interest from the first page. It is a young adult fantasy book, so it certainly is filled with whimsical twists and turns, but if the reader’s imagination is open for play, this read is certainly one to take your mind on a wondrous journey.

Specifically, the story centers around a 15 year old boy named Xerxes, who evolves into a warrior, true to the legacy of his
I truly believe that when you read enough YA fantasy novels, you start to see some of the same thematic elements occur throughout the genre. With that being said, I enjoyed this book a lot better than I expected. It was hard to stick with at times simply because there was so much information and so many different names that a glossary had to be included; which was helpful at times. I loved the setting of this book taking place in 18th century Persia, as that’s not a time period I’ve usually read ...more
May 09, 2018 rated it it was ok
The Pearl of Immortality was okay. The trope has been overdone and wasn't refreshing enough to make this story stand out. Its the normal a group of friends find themselves in a new world with a quest and prophecy. The world building was okay, and with a saturated market when it comes to this trope, nothing really stood out. Plus, the worldbuilding was inconsistent. Sometimes it felt fantastical and other times it felt too current and modern. The book felt more like a draft than something ...more
May 29, 2018 rated it liked it
A mildly entertaining fantasy novel. The characters are interesting and well-developed. Not only are you intrigued by the adventures of the two best friends, Kaspar and Xerxes, as they discover their respective new fantastic identities and purposes, but along the way you meet a fascinating and unique cast of characters, all of whom spark genuine interest. No character is one-dimensional. Fairly enjoyable, but I will argue that this book is a tad long. It seemed like there were several adventures ...more
Amanda Waters
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was ok

The Pearl of Immortality is a fun and creative spin on a familiar yet beloved adventure: a normal boy and his normal friend find themselves thrust into a strange land, the subject of prophecies, and on a quest that will determine the fate of the world. While I enjoyed the story and world, I found the writing to be overdone and in need of some serious editing. There was also some inconsistency in the language, which was sometimes formal fantasy style and sometimes very modern. Generally, the book
Christine-Marie Dixon
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nishi Singh’s YA debut transports readers into a fantasy realm of dragons, magic, and the ever-constant struggle between the forces of good and evil. Xerxes finds himself magicked from 18th century Persia to the planet of Ishtar where he learns of his destiny as the long-awaited Thirteenth Dragon Rider, a role he must fulfill in order to save the planet. While he often sounds like he is straight from the 21st century, the world of Ishtar is an extraordinarily crafted one, making this anachronism ...more
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This YA debut is an easy, fast-paced read that's quick to dive into the action. Filled with richly described characters, magical beings/creatures, and prophesies, it offers a nice mix of mystery and action. Though a little word-heavy and somewhat predictable with a classic light vs. dark theme, it's a fun story to follow. An entertaining read for fans of fantasy and mythology that lays solid groundwork to expand the world Singh has conjured.
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