Five-star review from Amazon UK
Loving this genre at the moment with so many strong releases to choose from. Ferdie & The Seven is up there with the best I have recently read and I found myself hooked from the start. I also like the style of writing. I have read a few recently which get into far too much detail to the detriment of the story but here the balance is just right. Ferdie has an interesting back story but we only find out enough to propel the story forward and this works for me because there is lots of momentum. On the strength of this one I will be reading the second one and hope it's as good as this was.
Five-star review from Amazon UK
I love visionary and metaphysical function, but hate when it's cliched and thats something that Ferdie and the Seven certainly isn't! A highly original novel that quickly gets to grips with its characters and rapidly draws the reader into an intriguing narrative. I found myself absorbed in Ferdies story from start to finish, and quickly reaching for the follow up release. Imaginative storytelling that proves wholly immersive.
Reviewed By Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
A great addition to urban fantasy titles, Ferdie and the Seven by Larry Buenafe is the first book in a series, a story with a wonderful setting and memorable characters, a fun read for young adult readers who are into dark fantasy. Thanks to Ferdie Shamley, many people have met a tragic end, and most of them are closest to him. A person with exceptional and supernatural gifts, he is the core of The Seven, a powerful piece in their mission, but he is hunted as well. He is hunted by an evil force that is bent on destroying the world and plunging it into darkness. Ferdie and his friends, aided by supernatural beings, must defeat him or suffer the loss of the world they have always known. The only problem is: they have very little time.
The writing is exciting, and friendly -- for want of a better word -- in allowing the reader to follow the story and the characters with ease. The setting is painted with powerful prose and the author has the gift of measured writing, excellent and simple phraseology that makes for a great reading experience. Readers will undoubtedly enjoy the dialogues, well-crafted to read like real life conversations. I loved how Larry Buenafe uses the art of great dialogue to deepen character development and to enhance the plot lines. One of the joys of reading this story is that the reader is transported to a world animated by a phenomenal conflict, where the proverbial struggle between good and evil takes place. Ferdie and the Seven has a lot of surprises for readers, with unpredictable and compelling characters to follow. It was an awesome reading experience for me.
Review by BookViral
A YA Fantasy novel that delivers inventiveness and originality, Ferdie and The Seven, book one: When the Angels are Gone is sure to keep readers glued to Buenafe's plot. A relatively quick read, with the obligatory twists and turns to keep the reader guessing, he's not an author to obsess about details, giving us just enough to hold our attention whilst more importantly fanning the flames of our imagination. Every fantasy series requires a strong origin story and here Buenafe has created a corker whilst the principal virtue of his plot is that his young characters act like real teenagers. Staying true to the genre and its best-loved tropes it's well-executed with an involving, fast-paced narrative, interwoven with plenty of action to add not just plenty atmosphere to his story but a subtly pervading sense of darkness. In the wrong hands, it's a story that could have come over as trite and superficial but Buenafe instinctively knows what his readers want as he builds the foundations for a notably original series.
Bound to be met with enthusiasm by its readers, Ferdie and The Seven, book one: When the Angels are Gone proves a strong debut for Buenafe and is certainly recommended.