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Back Roads Kingdom (The Back Roads Cycle) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 21, 2016
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About the Author
Christian O'Neill is a writer, theater director, sometimes-filmmaker and, oddly enough, social worker, living somewhere in New York City with his wife/brave mouse Leah and his children Asher and Hazel. He has a bunch of fancy degrees.
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Top Customer Reviews
Luckily, Christian O’Neill is up to the task. This book is brimming with vivacious characters, interesting plot twists, and lush scenery. Although, at first, the main character annoyed me, she undergoes a convincing and heartfelt transformation during the course of the story. By the end, I was right there with Penelope, rooting her on and hoping she find a way out of this mess.
In fact, although O’Neill’s description of the magical world of the Back Roads is superb, it’s his characters who take center stage. They are rounded and fully developed, a striking counterpoint to the wistful world they populate. For instance, although Alana can change into a wolf, I never saw her as a caricature; she felt as real to me as any other character in fiction. That’s no small feat.
The world building in this book is really something to behold. O’Neill has a talent for slipping in little details that make the world feel larger. It’s as though he knows there’s something just around the bend, something he just can’t wait to show us.
The second book in the cycle can’t come soon enough!
From start to finish this a relentlessly fresh, youthful and explosive take on the fantasy genre, and an exciting introduction into a world I'm excited for O'Neill to keep exploring.
I fully expected to hate this.. You know, the kind of seething hot self-righteous teenage hate you have for any undeserving schmuck wearing the t-shirt for your favorite band. I wanted to hate it. I was hungry for delicious, satisfying, condescendingly glorious disdain. Imagine my disappointment.
His world is fantastic but feels real, it feels old, and his characters complex and believable. I enthusiastically await the next book in the series!
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