Ethan Wright and the Curse of Silence by Kimbro West
Ethan has dreams that are a bit disturbing. His twin brother, Isaac, has been missing for years and he misses him. His father had left him a strange map with places that do not exist.
As a punishment, Ethan is sent to spend time with Wegnel, an alchemist. While at Wegnel’s, Ethan travels to a different world, the world with the names on the map. Searching for his brother seems closer than ever. With the help of his best friend, Auren, and 2 other friends, Ethan and gang travel into the strange new world, where they are not met with welcoming arms. While Ethan and friends are to learn alchemy, the others are learning sword dueling and other similar skills to help them in battle.
The “Curse of Silence” is the forbiddance of speaking about the oroborus, but the curse is lifted. In his travels, Ethan learns a little about his brother, but a lot more about the people in this new world, and the battle that threatens them.
Lots of characters to keep you interested, and a good story flow. Great young adult read, and fun for adults as well.