9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
One of the best and most vivid adventures out there,
This review is from: Scourge (A Grim Doyle Adventure Book 1) (Kindle Edition)
I've been reading a good number of middle-grade and earlier books and chapter books and came across some pretty cool material in some of these books. Nonetheless, "Scourge" immediately stood out for me.
Not only did the book immediately catch my attention with its vivid writing and immediate promise of a marvelous world, but more importantly, it became obvious from the start that author David H. Burton takes his young audience very seriously. There is none of that scholarly tone anywhere in the book found in many other writings for that age group where the stories often feel as if they were designed solely for the purpose to teach or to get across the writer's personal message. Instead Burton creates a tale that is so powerfully gripping and filled with magical imagery that it immediately turns into a fascinating adventure thrill ride where young readers are more willing to interpret some of the new vocabulary through the text's context. That is an important step in reading development of that particular age group that "Scourge" is making very easy and a palpable concept for those younger readers.
Perfectly balanced and riveting as it moves forward, the story of Grim Doyle and his siblings is imaginative in its setting of an alternate Steampunk world where traditional magic and mechanics collide as the forces of good and evil wage their war for dominance. It's a bit of Star Wars mixed in with some Harry Potter, that is wonderfully coated with some Jules Verne-esque visions, but ultimately it is all original David H. Burton.
I love "Scourge" and can't wait for the sequel and my 10-year old son feels exactly the same way.