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Chains of Prophecy: A Tale of Mythic Discovery (Samuel Buckland Chronicles Book 1) Kindle Edition
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Sam struggles to accept his new powers and place in the world. Some of this is handled very quickly in terms of page count, but I feel it is made very clear that his struggle went on for some time. More importantly to me, Sam adapts to a new situation and is willing to try new things and recognize that a method he used before does not work. I am sure there are examples I am unaware of, but for the most part Urban Fantasy characters tend to stick to their stubborn ways until they are practically dead. Examples include Anita Blake, the Women of the Otherworld series, the Hollows series, and the Monster Hunter International series. I have greatly enjoyed all of those books, but really wish the protagonists would learn from their mistakes. Sam learns a very hard lesson midway through about dealing with demons and even though it did not really come up again in this novel, Sam absolutely took note and prepared to act differently in the future. For me, the constant growth of Sam Buckalnd as a character really propelled Chains of Prophecy past many novels in the Urban Fantasy genre.
On a different note I would like to voice an opinion about a some of the comments raised regrading faith/religion in this novel. First off it completely blows my mind that people can read this genre and accept any manner of supernatural creatures, gods and magic yet get touchy if the novel uses God in it. Personally after reading the novel I feel that the author could easily be a humanist as Sam starts out (who only changes his mind after undeniable evidence), or as a believer in God. I honestly don't have a clue and that is something I value in a novel. I do not feel that any belief system is forced upon me. Careful readers will note that Mohammed and the Quran are equally supported along with Christianity. No matter your own personal beliefs, I feel any reader interested in the genre or any of its elements should read this great novel.
I eagerly await any forthcoming sequel where I believe we will see even greater growth by Sam Buckland.
The Chains of Prophecy, by Jason P. Crawford, is the perfect mix of supernatural and great storytelling.
I almost passed this over, since it isn't my normal pick of genre, because the good vs evil tends to be so overdone. However, in reading through the book description and other reviews, it was apparent that it wasn't typical. And it's not.
Crawford has a great, easy-to-read style of writing that pulled me in early on. He has a knack for creating believable characters with good dialogue, both internal and external. It was also obvious that a lot of thought, research and work went into the telling of this story. I'm a writer myself, so I understand what it takes. Too many times, I start out reading a book that loses steam. I can almost mark the spot where the writer gives up and gets sloppy. Not so with Chains of Prophecy. It's a new, creative spin on a genre that's so easy to get cliche with. For that, I would give it nearly five stars, but there were just a couple of things holding me back.
There were a few instances where I felt things happened a bit suddenly, and perhaps unnecessarily, to move the story along. I don't want to give any spoilers, but it involved some deaths that I felt could have lent more to the story if not used for a shock factor. There were also a few spots where things happened that I either didn't buy into, or it wasn't explained. But these issues were small, and did nothing to detract from the excellent writing, or the story itself.
I know that Mr. Crawford has won some awards already, and I would expect him to win more. If you're looking for a fresh spin in this genre (I would also call it a mystery/horror/adventure), then I urge you to give it a try! At this time, it's only .99 here on Amazon, which is an incredible value. Both the writing and editing is tight, and the 2nd book, Bonds of Fate, was just released!
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