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Beyond the Gloaming: Book One of Sebastian and the Hibernauts Paperback – August 20, 2014
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From the Author
As a child I'd found joy in the magical world of reading. As an adult, I longed to recreate the rare and noble alchemy compressed between the covers of a children's book. I wanted to write rip-roaring adventure series set in a Celtic mythological landscape, but I also wished to explore the loneliness of childhood trauma and how children deal with grief. There is far more besides, of course, there are ghosts and gobbleratches, hunkypunks and barguest, leprechauns and cluricaun, mechanical fireworks and quizzing glasses, night rainbows, a whodunit, there's even a secret romance nestled in there somewhere. Let the wonderment begin!
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Top Customer Reviews
Sebastian Duffy wants to be a normal boy, but he has more problems than most his age. His parents beat him, he is bullied at school, and he is still mourning the death of his brother. One day when he is beaten he wakes up in "The Gloaming". He is greeted by Porrig, a creature from Hibercadia a magical land.
Sebastian learns he is the one to save Hibercadia by finding an enchanted spear. With the help of Hibernauts and other mystical creatures, he faces many dangers along the way. But nothing will stop Sebastian from this quest, he may be a "nobody" in the real world, but in this realm he can be the hero they are all counting on.
An adventurous story, well written and original. I really liked Sebastian, he is a boy who has been tormented all of his life, but is determined to be someone. I loved all the mystical creatures, the adventure and suspense. I feel that middle school, young adults and adult readers will enjoy this magical adventurous fantasy Beyond the Gloaming.
*This book was given to me as a gift
Author Brendan Murphy is a master of detail, and this aforementioned trait is showcased throughout Beyond the Gloaming with his use of sensory details. Often subtle and understated, these sensory details allow the reader to deeply connect to the literature. One of the finest examples I discovered was, “Sebastian turned his pillow to the cool side and pressed his face against it.” Without a doubt, many of us complete the ritualistic flipping of the pillow each and every night, ceaselessly searching for the ideal temperature. Consequently, Mr. Murphy’s characterization is spot-on as he brings his characters to life, whether it be Sebastian’s mother and her nervous exhaustion syndrome (anxiety disorder) or the egocentric bully schoolyard kid Dean Blount and his worrisome lackey friend Wayne Wrotlesley, with their definitive dialect and local-color mannerisms.
Fans of children’s literature will love the multi-cultural diversity Author Brendan Murphy portrays, especially before the plot transitions into the fantasy world of Hibercadia. At school Sebastian is prejudiced against due to his Irish roots, as are his closest school friends (all of Indian, Pakistani, and African-Caribbean descent). Consequently, British literature enthusiasts will appreciate some of the Dickensesque sympathy as quite a dreary setting of poverty and angst is painted for the reader. Finally, historians will equally appreciate the variety of allusions packed into this book (e.g. Irish Catholic vs. English Protestant conflict), coupled with some meaningful symbolism, especially inside Hibercadia.
Author Brendan Murphy will shock his readers early on in this novel, and this particular surprise will plunge readers into a world within a world. Readers, prepare yourselves for battle swine, ogres, fairies, leprechauns, rawheads, maidens, knights, and wizards. Since the fantasy component eats up seventy-five percent of this novel, science-fiction and fantasy fans will assuredly get their fill. The ending of this book will satisfy the reader only so far as anticipating the next book in the series because even though Mr. Murphy is an Englishman living in Australia, he knows how to throw a Major League curve ball.
Can't wait for the next book to come out.
Hibercadia is a world manifested by human dreams. There are countless mystical creatures there, including leprechauns, ghosts, and Greek gods, as well as lots of others I'd never heard of. Sebastian ends up receiving an extended education in the history and politics of this wonderful world, as well as warrior craft and more than one branch of magic.
My biggest criticism of the book is that it leans way too much on telling, not showing, the story. Lengthy passages relate the history of the land, or the social standing of bards relative to warrior poets, or whose father died in a battle and which other soldier's fault it was . . . and it's all probably essential information, in a later book in the series. But, instead of telling the reader that Roisin lacks a sense of humor (for example), why not demonstrate it through dialogue?
Murphy creates a marvelous world for Sebastian to study and travel in. His allies are individual and well-developed, though perhaps tending a bit toward stereotypes. (Why do some kinds of creatures always seem to be servants?) His enemies are appropriately scary; the dangers are real. Sebastian is going to be called to stand up and fight sometime, but not in this book. The reader gets a glimpse of his character, and what he will have to overcome within himself; but we'll have to wait for the next installation of the series to see him rise to the call. Therefore, this book doesn't stand alone.
That said, it's a good read, for being mostly set-up. I do think I'll continue with this series, when the next book is released.
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