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- Print Length: 62 pages
- Publisher: Fathom Ink Press (November 19, 2017)
- Publication Date: November 19, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B077MSD6MJ
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He'd learned a long time ago that life wasn't fair, but that didn't stop the ache in his chest whenever he stopped too long to think about it.
This review will be short and sweet, considering it is only covering fifty pages of a rather simple backstory. There's not much to say about it. The reader gets a glimpse into the life of Alexander's story before everything escalates in Breakwater. What had made him look guilty before, was cleared-up in this story by telling it from his point of view.
Alexander's life isn't like that of his fellow classmates. He's not pampered or used to excessive living. His hardship can only be overcome by his own determination because nobody will help him through life but himself. Without his Dad being an active part of his life, as well as a consistent breadwinner for the family, Alexander must do something to keep himself safe from the threats his father had accrued over time that were now spilling onto him.
I appreciated Alexander's determination, yet, saw the folly in his choices. He is obviously too proud to ask for help when it is rightly needed. The situation he is thrust into as a fourteen-year-old is quite unjust, and justly calls for him to seek out support from others. Yet, his embarrassment stops him. Perhaps he is his own worst enemy. Interestingly enough, it may turn out for the best in the long run as he'll learn to provide for himself when others his age will just be getting a taste of maturity.
I was hoping for a little more to this prequel. I think what information was given on his situation was summed up and could have benefitted from more elaboration. I still appreciated the writing style, and am looking forward to the next installment in this series.
My rating: 3 stars.
One of the things I hope for with 'Breakwater' was to get to know the characters better. I loved the cover and the premise but I felt like I was missing something. Especially in regards to Alexander—I felt like I was supposed to accept him but didn't understand why. Though 'A Gathering Tempest' is a mere 50 pages in length—I got what I wanted. I understand Alexander better and I feel like if I were to reread 'Breakwater' that I would likely have to bump my rating up from the four-star I had originally given it.
This series is one of my favorites for 2017. The author is engaging on social media and this prequel shows that she listens to her fans. When people were saying, "I need more," she delivered. I look forward to being a fan for a long time to come.
Meanwhile, I would recommend some proven paranormal, sci-fi authors including Patricia Briggs, Shannon Meyer, K.E. Breene, Elizabeth Scarborough. H.P. Mallory can be fun. Connie Willis has some interesting early books. Enjoy!
I'm definitely looking forward to delving deeper into this story!
Visit Jade and Alexander's school days and learn the reason Alexander walked out of her life.
Can be read first or after Breakwater. I enjoyed this look at Alexander's life on the wrong side of town. Knowing how hard his childhood was gives me new appreciation for the kind of man he is in Breakwater.