Energy - The Awakening

Rated 4.75/5 based on 32 reviews
As teenagers, Brighton and Lilian live quiet, peaceful and uncomplicated lives in a remote mountain village called Four Mountains. Before they can explore their feelings for each other, a dark secret about Lilian’s past rips their world apart. Brighton finds himself fighting for the girl he loves as well as his own life while simultaneously discovering an even bigger secret about himself. More
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Fiction » Fantasy » Epic
Words: 124,200
Language: English
ISBN: 9781462863327
About MJ Schutte

MJ Schutte is a South African born author currently residing in the United Kingdom.
He is married and has two daughters and a son.
From an early age, he read any fantasy novel he could lay his hands on.
Favourite authors include Terry Goodkind, Terry Brooks and Raymond E Feist.
At the age of 37 he started writing his first fantasy series titled The Energy Chronicles Trilogy.
1. Energy - The Awakening
2. Birth of a Wizard
3. Zaconis - Guardian of Magic (To be released soon)

Work on a second series named The Magic Chronicles has already commenced.

MJ enjoys outdoor activities with his favorite sports being cricket, golf and tennis. He actively partakes in all three whenever he has the opportunity.

Also in The Energy Chronicles


Review by: Trish Martin on March 13, 2013 :
This book was good. It kept me on the edge of my seat. I couldn't put it down.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Roxanne Kade on Nov. 26, 2012 :
I have to admit that I really struggled to get into this book. The story didn't flow very well and there were moments when I wish a little more effort had been put into the editing process. Although the hiccups I noticed were very slight, they were enough to distract me from reading, and at one point I was ready to put the book down, never to pick it up again. I also felt that sections of dialogue were forced and there was that tiny annoyance of characters always refering to each other by name, even when there was no one else around...

Now I know it seems like I'm only harping on negatives, but I always strive to give my honest opinion!

I'm not saying I hated this book, it just started off as a bit of a bore. I really only got into the story a couple of chapters in, when Thomas comes to see Carmen and Brighton, and they discuss the latter's talents. I felt this was the turning point of the story and things only got better. I enjoyed the interaction between Lily and Bri. They felt like a real couple and even reminded me of a few of my married friends! Although Brighton didn't stand out as the typical drop-dead gorgeous hero, he certainly lived up to the part with his devotion and love for Lily. He was willing to die for her, literally, and he always had her best interests at heart.
Lily is a great character. She seemed a little flat at first but when she appeared later, she really had grown into a beautiful, more complex young lady.

The talent that each character has is very interesting. It was a wonderful, fresh idea and the fact that the Dark Ones are "magically" inclined but still vulnerable is a nice change because most of the time these types of characters are invincible!

Overall, this book grew into a fantastic fantasy adventure.

May I also just add that I am so happy with the cover change. The new cover for Energy just speaks so much more to what the book is about, and it has a more mystical appeal!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: chuya vizcarra-salgado on June 14, 2012 :
This book was an amazing read. I couldn't put it down once I FINALLY started it. The moral is great. The romance is epic. The way Brighton & Lilian come together to face the good & the bad is inspirational. At first it read like a movie to me. Mainly moves along through dialogue but I loved it that way! It has adventure, loss, drama. Nothing what I expected. I would highly recommend this to all ages to read. My son (age 11) has started reading it and its all I can do to get my kindle away from him. Lol. Cant wait to read The Birth of a Wizard to see what happens next.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: RaeBeth McGee- Buda on June 12, 2012 :
Energy- The Awakening by MJ Schutte is an original story with the power to pull in the reader. Brighton and Lily, the main characters, have known each other their entire lives and fell in love. Both don't realize they love each other until they are separated and told that the other has died. Once reunited, they are faced with a line of events they have to deal with in order to survive and make the world they live in a better place.

While going through the events, Brighton realizes he has powers that make him the most powerful within his world. His powers to feel the presence of others and to manipulate the energies around him, which save him and Lily several times.

MJ Schutte creates a unique world that is full of chaos and Brighton has to fight for the lives of those around him. The plot flows well although at times it seems as if they are all really young and need the supervision of adults. I found myself laughing out loud and even crying in parts. I very much enjoyed reading this well written book. I give this book 4 **** stars.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Diane Bush on May 29, 2012 :
This book follows very well along in the plot line with very little gaps all along the story line. The plot keeps you intrigued and hunger for more. It is amazing to be able to intertwine characters as well as author has done. I am impressed in eagerly looking forward to the next one in the series. Without giving the book away or the plot line, all I can say is it will keep you on your toes. It was not what I was expecting but it has become one of my favorites. The strength of the author's writing capabilities shine through every word, paragraph, character, and page that he has writing. The book is a must have for anybody that enjoys reading non-typical genres of writing. But be warned, you will not want to put it down once you start.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Heather Alexander on May 25, 2012 : (no rating)
This is a great fantasy book. Very original story line and well developed characters. Young love, unknown, developing powers, good and bad guys of course. Can't wait to see what happens next.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: NICOLA TERRY on May 23, 2012 :
I have given this book 4 stars as it has a good plot, interesting characters and was easy to read. The story took twists and turns and was quite easy to follow. I would recomend this book to people to read, especially younger adults who would definitely enjoy this.
I did feel that there were some bits of the book that seemed rushed and left me wondering what and why. I also felt that a couple of times the man character, Brighton, came across as a bit selfish but maybe that was just the way it was written.
Apart from that i enjoyed the book very much and if it is part of a trilogy then it would be interresting to see what happens next
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jacquelyn O'Dierno on May 19, 2012 :
Review of Energy:

First of all, I would like to say that I loved MJ Schutte’s style of writing. It was very clear and concise without being overly flowery or unnecessarily descriptive. His writing actually reminded me a lot of Voltaire’s Candide in its straightforward approach. Secondly, the relationship between Brighton and Lillian was beautiful. It managed to be an entertaining love story without solely focusing on the angst between the two main characters. I loved the progression of their abilities and the slow discovery of their true destinies. The second one should be a real treat.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: TJ on May 19, 2012 :
This is the first book in the Energy Chronicles. It keeps us on the edge, hooked and looking forward to turning the page to see what happens next. Fast – paced, beautifully described and absolutely delightful!! The lead characters are thrown into so many difficult situations but they always seem to find their way back to each other.. This book opens up a whole new world for us to explore.. The concept of Energy is intriguing and makes us want to read more and learn more. The characters are absolutely lovable and we can relate to them and the situations they are in...
This book is by far one of my favorites. It made me smile while reading! So its pretty amazing... The characters are so relatable but I have to say Mischief is my favorite!! I thought about him so much that I had a dream about him!! :P Also I did a course on Pranic Healing which made me feel a little like Brighton.. *Smug Smile*
A beautiful story that does make you smile... I’d recommend this one to all!
Looking forward to the next books and the adventures!!

PS – You can see how much I loved the book by the number of exclamations I’ve used :P ;)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jacquie Talento on May 19, 2012 :
This may have been a long story but it was well worth it. Schutte taught us in this story how love can conquer all.
Brighton is about 3 years older than Lily and they are constantly together. They have grown up with each other and find that they are falling in love. Then one day while out in a field, a dark cloud of smoke fills the air and goes after Brighton. Seth, the evil one, has gone to find Thomas, Brighton’s somewhat uncle for revenge and stumbles up Brighton who has a white light of energy to him. Brighton can’t be sensed by anyone. Lily is taken by Seth whom we later find out is her father and wants to teach her the ways. Mischief, a black panther with white eyes becomes the protector of Brighton and those close to him once Brighton saves him in childbirth. But will Brighton be able to control the people of his land with his energy or will he become just like Seth? Can the love Brighton and Lily feel prevail? This is a nice adventure story where love is found through some and evil takes over for others. Be careful as you might find yourself laughing and crying in some of the scenes.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Kaylene Swindail on May 13, 2012 :
Energy has a very natural flow to the story, making it a pleasure to read. The characters in this story draw you into their world, and you want them to succeed in all they do.
This story starts with Brighton and Lilian and the childhood friendship they enjoy. This friendship starts to develop into somthing more when outside influences pull them apart.
During their time apart they start to discover that they have special abilities. After several years have passed, a chance meeting reunites this couple. Drawing energy from the living things around them, they fight the 'Dark Ones' and try to help the people find a new freedom.
With the help of a large black panther and the help of their friends they fight against the new oppression of the people, while looking for a place to call their own.
I am looking forward to reading 'Birth of a Wizard'. The second book of this series.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: royce hawkins on May 13, 2012 :
What a ride!!! My heart pulled for the young couple and teared for their many losses. I loved the innocence between Brighton and Lily and the other characters that played parts in this story. Non one was insignificant, everyone was essential for the story to carry on the way that it did. It has betrayal, violence, romance and retribution. It had many ups and downs and I just couldn't put this down. I can not wait for the second part, I have to know what happens next. Must read!!! *****5stars
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Lisa Markson on May 12, 2012 :
My Review of 
Energy:  The Awakening 
MJ Schutte

This was an amazing book.  Once I started I didn't want to put it down.  Poor Brighton and Lilian couldn't seem to catch a break on this fantastic journey.  The have to  fight for the love that they share against everyone it seems.  First the Supremes, the Dark Ones, then normal everyday power hungry people.  Through this journey they come across many if different people who are willing to lay own their lives for them.  This book had you on the edge of your seats and MJ Schutte had a secret up his sleeve around every corner.  You never know what he is going to pull out of his bag of tricks.  I think the true hero and show stealer was a black panther named Mischief.  Team Mischief all the way.  I m looking forward to more from this series so I can continue on this magical and stimulating journey definitely a 5 star rating.    
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Parents' Little Black Book Reviews on May 08, 2012 :
This review is from: Energy - The Awakening (The Energy Chronicles: Book I)

"Energy" is a YA novel with the main protagonists in their very early teens at the start moving through their late teens and early twenties. It is not suitable for the under 18 age group due to adult sexual situations.

Lilian and Brighton have been friends since early childhood. They enjoy each others company and spend long days together while Brighton watches out for the heard of sheep his family keeps. Brighton is a few years older and is Lilian's protector. He is the sensible one in the friendship and she is the catalyst.

As they reach their early teens the feelings they have for each other begin to change. They feel the first stirrings of hormone driven emotions which are making subtle differences in how they see each other.

Living in a small town fondly called Four Mountains they have the security of being isolated from big town worries and the freedom to explore the forests which surround them. But even in small towns trouble can happen, and on one day, both their lives change in extraordinary ways.

A stranger comes to town and Brighton must tap into the gift he has been born with. Not knowing or understanding what has happened he fights to save Lilian. But even though he wins the first battle he loses everything that is important to him. Lilian is gone, his family and home are destroyed and he must, at the tender age of fifteen, begin his life anew.

Brighton finds solace and a new home with a much older woman who gives him shelter in exchange for his experience in handling family landholdings. Here he finds a place to grieve his losses and he begins to raise goats and expand gardens for food, while she imparts wisdom and manners helping him grown into a man.

After the passing of 6 years he finds that everything he knew or thought about what happened that day in Four Mountains is wrong. Nothing and no one is as he knew them to be. His life will change, once again, in an instant. But this time it will be a voice from the past that precipitates the heart wrenching transition.

As Brighton comes to terms with the special gifts he has been given, he finds he is not alone. He is challenged and must fight for his life and the lives of those he loves. Brighton learns that winning battles are never enough, you must also win hearts.

This is a very good novel which transcends the YA category and will be a good read for adults as well. Very well written, with an interesting story, lovable characters and intricate plot twists. There is plenty of action and good dialogue which moves the plot forward well. The author brings the tension up with slow deliberation drawing the reader into a gentle complacency and then stuns with a new twist. I will be sure to read the next in the series.

By the way, my favorite character, Mischief, is one I think you will fall in love with too. Mischief steals the story.

Karen Bryant Doering,
Parents' Little Black Book
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: denise jones on April 25, 2012 : (no rating)
I enjoyed this book very much, I can thoroughly recommend it, great characture description and a love worth fighting for, what more could you want...
A well deserved 5 star rating!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ever Star on April 24, 2012 :
Wow! It was so hard to put this book down, once I started reading it I just wanted to hurry up and read it but I needed to pace myself and not rush through it.
Energy was more than I expected! I really feel in love with this book because of the characters. Energy has love, and magic combined and when M.J. Schutte combined them two together it worked out greatly. The way Lillian and Brighton feel in love at such a young age and stayed in love when they were separated was amazing. There were a lot of parts in this book where I was constantly smiling and giggling along with the characters.

This story is about two people Lillian and Brighton who find out they have magic powers and they come from "The Dark Ones" who have used their powers to kill and be ruthless leaders. One day Lillian is taken away from Brighton and Brighton loses everything his mother and his place of security.

Then years later Lillian comes back to him, and they rekindle the love they have never lost as children it comes back stronger. They learn about their powers and how to use them for good and not evil.

They both learn that love can conquer all things. And it is worth fighting for!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Stephanie Brentson on April 04, 2012 :
I enjoyed reading Energy it’s a fast paced story that will not leave you bored that’s for sure. There’s always something happening. MJ has a truly unique and fresh story line as well as writing style; it was refreshing to find something different. I truly loved the charters and the Black Panthers I love big cats! This book was easy to follow and I enjoyed every twist and turn of the ongoing adventure. I laughed, cried, and even yelled at my poor Nook at times. I would highly recommend this book to people!
Lilian and Brighton Grew up together as teenagers and they are best friends and life is peaceful and great! When start to have feelings towards each other, but before she can do anything about them, A dark strange man comes into town and kidnaps her. Brighton finds himself fighting to be with the girl he loves. But can he save them both from the evil that is coming after them?
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Brittany Carrigan on March 28, 2012 :
I really enjoyed following Brighton, Lilian, Thomas and Clarissa throughout their journeys in Four Mountains. The author describes the characters down to the last detail, giving you an outright visualization of each one. This greatly helps when reading this book because there are so many scenes he lays out that require that visualization in order to fully know what is going on without having to go back and try to remember details. This page turner is definitely on my Top Reads list for 2012! I can't wait to see what happens in Birth of a Wizard!! I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a great twist on the everyday supernatural/witch/wizard story :)

PS...Isn't the cover GORGEOUS?!?
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Debra Montagna on March 27, 2012 :
This book was one of those you can't put down books. I would recommend this book highly. The characters were so real! Can NOT wait to read the next book.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Charles Siefken on March 14, 2012 :
This is a truly amazing book! I loved the characters and the story line really came alive for me. I very much look forward to reading the second edition of this book. Thank you very very much for writing this one!
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Jennifer Davis on Feb. 28, 2012 :
I LOVED this book right from the moment I read the first page. I immediately fell in love with the characters especially Brighton and Lillian. This book was easy to follow and I enjoyed every twist and turn of the ongoing adventure. I felt myself on a emotional landslide along with each of the characters. I laughed, cried, and even yelled a few choice words at times. I could not put this book down, I had to know what would happen next with each turn of the page. I would highly recommend this book to anyone that is looking a great read. I can see this book becoming a best-seller in no time. I can easily see it being made into a movie and being a huge hit.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Theressa Branham on Feb. 26, 2012 :
Normally, I would say, "I give Energy, by M.J. Schutte a 5-Star Rating!!" In this case, however, I must amend that to, "M.J. Schutte's - Energy - commands a 5-Star Rating!!" Because it was effortless to score his work.

I won this amazing e-book by simply 'liking' M.J.'s Facebook Page, apparently I was one of the right numbers. You can't beat a free read, moreover, you can't beat one that was as intriguing, unique and original as Energy.

It's rather lengthy, but worth every moment spent reading this suspenseful story. M.J. Schutte's imagination not only blows me away, but also tells me he will only grow better with time.

If you're an avid reader, you know that today's average novel is rather long, or at least longer than your traditional trade paperback novel. You'll find M.J. Schutte's novel is somewhere between three and four full-length novels. Additionally, if you're a 'speed-reader' - as am I - you will be pleasantly surprised that Energy's suspense and ease of flow will only take two to four days to get through, as long as you're not interrupted often.

M.J. has cleverly created an amazing world where many people known as the Dark Ones, have a type of magical powers. I'll not go into details or post spoilers, as that is not my style. I'd rather save that for you, the reader, so every fascinating tidbit is a surprise for you as it was for me. But, I will do my best to explain what I can...

Brighton, an extraordinarily large and strong young man, and his beautiful, petite childhood friend, Lillian, fell in love without realizing it while growing up as playmates. When tragedy strikes and young Lillian disappears, and after losing other loved ones, Brighton sets out to find his 'Lily.' When he's told that she's dead, he settles with an older, motherly-like woman to make a new life for himself in a new, remote place.

Little does he know, his Lily lives, and their journey to reunite will bring you tears of joy. He discovers there are some at work who only want to see to his well-being and happiness, and aid he and Lily as they only wish to be together and live out their lives in peace and quiet. But, it never is that easy, is it?

After realizing his own powers, Brighton embarks on a mission to end the heavy-handed rule of the Dark Ones, who have controlled everyone and everything for thousands of years. Many people support him hoping they also can finally live in peace, but it's not that easy as there are many bad guys (and gals) who want him dead once they find out he could be more powerful than anyone to ever exist.

Not all the good guys (and gals) survive, and neither do all the bad ones, but the journey to dissolve the old and unwanted ways becomes ugly and tiring. Only Brighton can make that happen, though, and along the way he also finds that - just like the Dark Ones - power can consume and destroy even one with the best of intentions.

I highly recommend you follow this captivating journey where you will find love, hate, happiness, heartbreak, old lives ending, new lives beginning, and much, much more in Energy. As it is such a lengthy novel, I'm finding it difficult to give it due justice in a mere few words. The only way to really understand and fall in love with it, as I did, is to buy a copy of M.J. Schutte's Energy for yourself. You'll be happy you did!
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Lynn Worton on Feb. 20, 2012 :
Brighton and Lilian are two teenagers living in a small village called Four Mountains. They discover that their feelings for each other are much deeper than friendship. But before they can explore these feelings, a secret from Lilian's past rips them apart. Brighton finds himself fighting for the girl he loves and discovers an even bigger secret about himself. Brighton and Lilian just want to live in peace, but others are hunting them because of their special talents.
Brighton has to overcome great odds, and even death, if he is to save Lilian and himself from the evil determined to destroy them.

I absolutely loved this book. I fell in love with the whole world MJ Schutte has created. Brighton and Lilian are two teenagers living in a remote village in the mountains. Their characters are kind and gentle, but after an event that sees Lilian being taken, their lives take a darker turn. When they meet again, they find their feelings have not changed, but they have. Brighton and Lilian have to face death on more than one occasion due to their special talents. This is a fantastic tale of adventure and romance. I would definitely recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to reading Birth of a Wizard next.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Ashley Cordova on Jan. 12, 2012 : (no rating)
Great book couldn't put it down to save my life...look forward to reading more
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Gillian Joy on Jan. 08, 2012 :
Fabulous book. I couldn't recomend it enough. Although long it's never boring. Plenty of action and a little bit of romance, I can't wait for the next one.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Bonnie Bernard on Dec. 31, 2011 : (no rating)
I give "Energy" 4.5 stars out of 5.

To describe it in one word - fun. The characters are enjoyable, the dialogue flows well, and the subplot sparkles. I appreciate a story that moves right along - Energy did not disappoint me. It features ample dialogue and plenty of plot movement. Nobody in this book sits around and broods; everybody is on the go, interacting with their fellow-characters, off to the next adventure. Most of the characters are quite enjoyable, several are downright lovable, and one is particularly Mischievous...

If you like fast-paced stories with plenty of dialogue, a hint of magic, and believable character interplay, you should read this book. Also, for my energy-worker friends, you will appreciate how the characters use, and sometimes grapple with, natural energy fields. I'm glad this is a trilogy, because I look forward to following the characters on the next leg of their journey - and I will be pestering the author for the next installment.

For those who have yet to discover the talent hidden beneath the mass-marketed world of reading pleasure, Energy is a good place to start seeing what you're missing.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Willow Cross on Dec. 01, 2011 :
Okay, you can surely see by now I don't do spoilers. I don't often do reviews either. I just finished this and WOW!!!! Let me start by saying I am a HUGE Terry Brooks fan. Even though I generally stick to writing urban fantasy, Epic Fantasy is very near and dear to my heart.

M.J.'s writing reminds me so much of Terry Brooks!!! I love the phrasing, the characters, and world he's created. I will definitely be purchasing the next one as soon as it is released.
(reviewed long after purchase)

Review by: Beth Wright on Nov. 07, 2011 :
I really loved reading this story :D Love is a beautiful thing, and fighting for it brings out some really wonderful stories, like this one. Heart's brought together at a young age are torn apart for years until they finally find each other. A psycho dad brings lots of hard times for these two. In the end everything is well worth the fight. I can not wait to see what you have instore for us readers next :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Beth Wright on Nov. 07, 2011 :
I really loved reading this story :D Love is a beautiful thing, and fighting for it brings out some really wonderful stories, like this one. Heart's brought together at a young age are torn apart for years until they finally find each other. A psycho dad brings lots of hard times for these two. In the end everything is well worth the fight. I can not wait to see what you have instore for us readers next :)
(reviewed within a month of purchase)

Review by: Books4Tomorrow Reviews on Nov. 06, 2011 :
I can honestly say that this book hooked me from the very first page.

“Energy” is filled with take-your-breath-away shocking moments, heart stopping suspense, surprising twists, humor, plenty of action, romance and adventure. All the ingredients necessary to keep you turning the pages as fast as you can. It is a well-written, easy to read book, with a unique and interesting plot, which takes you on a journey to a world where even the moralities of the good guys can be twisted by power and greed.

I fell in love with the sincerity and personalities of the characters – even some of the evil ones - very early in the book. It was easy to relate to the characters and I often cried and laughed along with them. Although the story is fast-paced, it never leaves the reader behind.
“Energy” is going to be a bestseller in no time and therefore I happily recommend this fantastic book to young and old alike!
(reviewed the day of purchase)

Review by: amberking1 on Oct. 03, 2011 :
Bought this book on Friday, finished reading by Sunday.
Even got my mom to read it and she loved it too.
I read a lot of fantasy, YA and paranormal books. The idea behind Energy is unique and fresh. Can't wait for the second book!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

Review by: Carmen King on Oct. 03, 2011 :
I am not a fantasy or YA reader, but my daughter told me about Energy by MJ Schutte.
I bought the E-book and reluctantly started reading.
It only took a few pages and I was totally hooked! I could not put my kindle down!
Well done, MJ Schutte. This is one of my favorites for 2011.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)

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