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City of the Falling Sky (The Seckry Sequence Book 1) Kindle Edition
"Children of Blood and Bone"
Tomi Adeyemi conjures a stunning world of dark magic and danger in her West African-inspired fantasy debut. Learn more
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I bought this novel because it was free. Many authors do this, offer the first book in a series so readers can read for themselves to determine if a novel is worthy or not. If the reader likes it, they might go on and buy the next book in the series, and at an inflated price. The publisher charges extra to make up for losses on the first book. In this series, they're charging $4.99 for the second book, imho an inflated price.
My Review -
Good debut novel but many of the novel's subplots have been done before, and done better.
Here's some few that qualify, but first.....
WARNING POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD.
There, that said:
First and foremost, the main plot about Seckry involves time travel and an Earth-shattering event. Believe me when I write that I saw this one coming, much before anything else, and that leaves this, a major question - did my going cause a change in History. For example, you receive an email telling you that there's a problem, and that you can only fix it by going back to the time of the event. You do just that by going back into time.
Here's the question - if there hadn't been a problem (because it was fixed), an email would not have been written. And if an email hadn't been written to tell of the problem, the problem would have occurred and then an email would have been.
It's called a Paradox. It's the age old time travel question - if you go back and kill your own Great-Grandfather you won't be born. And if you weren't born there's no way you can go back and kill your great-Grandfather.
This plot line has been done numerous times over the years. So really nothing new here.
2. The creation plot. A character inadvertently creates another character. Most times it's the object of their dreams, a perfect mate. This was another rather transparent event I saw this early on. Didn't you?
3, 4, and so on.
Been done before, with more likeable characters too.
I've read thousands of book during my 50 years as an avid reader. I prefer SF&F to other genres, but I do read others: Mystery, hOrror, Thrillers, Historical Fact as well as Fiction, and Biographies. I love them all. Now this novel, City of Falling Sky, was a fairly good debut. Some interesting characters, even though they were generally copies of others. No, not outright copies, but we've all seen these character types over and over. Right?
The story itself contains many subplots, many we've all seen before. And the major plot ending? I guessed that halfway through the Book. Nothing new here.
One thing it has in its favor is this is a stand alone book. No abrupt ending, nor no abrupt cliffhanger. Thank the author for that fact. Too often authors end their first novel of a series in a huge Cliffhanger. Some of these cliffhangers try to tie everything together, all the little subplots and just before everything is explained, the author abruptly ends their novel, and Readers are forced to buy the next book. This isn't one of them.
This book is free, and though I normally would not recommend three star books, this one I will, I will recommend it, but I do ask one thing - that as you read your spot the parts that could have been written better.
This book has so much potential, but the author, or the Editor, left things unsaid. Unfortunate for us.
Once we get to the second chapter, though, the story really just TAKES OFF!
There are so many little subplots/subnotes in this story. I know several readers find that distracting, my mind finds it fascinating! I loved all the digs, and jabs, and subtle things that Mr. Evans put into this story that made it whole. The civilization felt complete and real. There was thought applied to the histories and the setting. Now, granted, it was a little Harry Potter-ish, but just a little. I think that was used as a basis for the world building efforts and you could see the outlines. However, the finish was brilliant. At least in mind, it was!
I loved the characters! I loved the setting! I loved the plot! I loved all the little nuances in the narrative! I even loved the simplistic writing style. I, literally, could not put this book down! Well, after chapter 2. Chapter 1 was a bit...sticky and disjointed.
Should you read this book? For fracks' sake YES!!! Just don't judge the story by the first chapter! This is a definite MUST READ!
It follows a young student in a fictional city of Skyfall after being kicked out of their homeland. The first chapter leaps right in and I was confused for a few pages until things were made clear. In this city this young man must make friends and learn the ways of these city folk. There is a game called friction which is the most popular thing in Skyfall. It is a virtual world that immerses the player in a suspended pod to link their body up to an avatar. They can then trek through different worlds and compete.
The book is full of plot twists some that are so page turning you may just lose track of time completely as you dont want to set the book down. You have your bad guys and good guys but its well put together with great story telling. I laughed, and I even teared up in parts, I consider this a great read and for FREE I think everyone should give it a try!