Fir Lodge: The first novel in The Restarter Series Kindle Edition
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Immersion: 4 of 5
There is a monstrous amount of time travel. Thankfully there are date/time tags at the start of each chapter to orient yourself with what day it is… and how many times its been that date. While some jumps in time broke my immersion (mine, not necessarily yours), I was re-immersed quickly.
Now… with that critique out of the way, I was very invested in the story, emotionally!
I felt Hal and Kara’s: happiness, fears, sadness, despair, and much more.
I felt everything!
It’s one thing to write a story, it’s another to make your reader feel emotions at every turn!
Though I have finished the story, I’m still feeling everything, it sunk in deep.
I can’t say that about a lot of books.
Characters: 5 of 5
There are a lot of characters, which may have also factored into my immersion
“Who is this guy again?”
That said, Hal and Kara! My goodness. I feel like I know them.
I felt their friendship grow throughout their long journey.
I understood them both, how they were going to react to situations.
They had sweet, funny, cringy (good kind), emotional moments.
I honestly was shipping them halfway through, then I stopped myself.
Why? This is the kind of friendship that doesn’t need to turn romantic.
Not quite the same, but I felt it was a Frodo & Sam kind of friendship.
Anytime you make me think LoTR’s, you’re on a solid path
Ending: 5 of 5
It definitely sets up for a sequel
(which I knew going into this 😉)
Overall, I’m happy with the ending
It’s satisfying while also answering the question
“What happens next?”
Storyline: 5 of 5
This was masterful!
I’m not going to write a wall of text, simply put, this story was thought out and plan to a T
Every “What if” I could think of was answered in a dramatic life or death fashion
The stakes were high, and I was with Hal & Kara at every discovery
This is storytelling done right!
Personal Enjoyment: 5 of 5
I loved this book!
Author Sean McMahon, I can see why other authors have sited you as their inspiration
Your work is inspiring!
I enjoyed every up and down, twist and turn.
If you have any reservations whether to buy this book
I am here to tell you to dash them
You will enjoy this book as I have
Final Score: 24 out of 25
The plot itself continually moves forward. The events that will later dictate the entire rest of the book are set up right in the first chapter. And every time you think Hal and Kara have managed to figure out how to solve the time loop in which they find themselves, something goes wrong and they must rethink their situation. Sometimes, however, they seem to reach conclusions too quickly, leaving explanations skimpy and unbelievable. It also felt like there was much more dialogue than action, and the action felt too scripted, too linear. For the sake of this book it worked alright, but could have been better.
The book’s strong point is its ever increasing stakes. It doesn’t take long for the full stakes to be realized as Hal and Kara come to face an enemy that is perhaps worse than the time loop itself. They must not only think through this new challenge, but also come to terms with it and its implications. It’s honestly difficult to say more about it without avoiding spoilers. Just know that this book comes full of surprises that you’ll never see coming.
With many twists, lots of fun, and, of course, lots of danger, this book will delight any fan of time travel and leave you waiting for more.
Then this is something you should definitely read! A great story about friendships and what people, caught in great ones, are capable of achieving. No matter the circumstances, be it time traveling, engulfing fogs or unthinkable situations...the love experienced through friendship has no pinnacle! Read it, enjoy it and share ot!