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9780990484400_p0_v1_s300x It was prophesied that 17 year old Ewan Mao would defeat the evil Duff Slan who has terrorized Britain for years. Except that when the final battle comes, it’s Ewan’ s best friend Oliver Abrams who gets there first. Oliver defeats Slan in an epic magical duel and usurps  Ewans glory. Now five years later, Oliver is rising through the ranks of the  government’s Serious Magical Crimes Agency, while Ewan, who lives at  home, is stuck working at a decrepit coffee shop. While investigating a dangerous cult with his partner Sophie Stuart, Oliver discovers that his old friend Ewan may not only be connected to it, but may also play a pivotal role in destroying the world. The two former friends will have to let go of the past and work together if they’re to prevent this new threat against mankind.

This debut novel should be a must read for all YA and adult fans of Harry Potter! Can you imagine what would have happened if Ron Weasley had defeated Voldemort instead of Harry? Unthinkable, yet it opens up so many hysterically funny possibilities. This is what Erin Claiborne has done with her debut novel. Both Ewan and Oliver have their weaknesses. Ewan of course is mired in self-pity and bitterness. Oliver on the other hand has developed an ego the size of, well, a dragon. The two love interests, Oliver’s Sophie, and Ewan’ s Archie, nicely round out the cast. I even grew to reluctantly like the villain. There’s of course many funny moments which will have you laughing out loud, but there are also sincere and touching ones as well. At it’s heart, A Hero at the End of the World is a tale of unfair expectations, broken friendships, and redemption. It is a story that will stay in your mind long after you’ve finished it. And finally, it’s a book that you’ll want to add to your permanent collection.