- File Size: 467 KB
- Print Length: 301 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Red Bucket Publishing (December 22, 2013)
- Publication Date: December 22, 2013
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B009YCR62K
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
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The characters are all promising, and I'm looking forward to see how they develop as the story continues. Gwynn, the protagonist, is a relatable everyman while still managing to feel like he's got some unique motivations and a real conflict within him that he'll have to resolve to complete his arc. The other characters, especially the other teenagers, come off a little more generic, but even then they're enjoyably written. I'm hoping that as the the plot develops we get to learn more about them so they can graduate from side-characters to actual co-protagonists.
Stone's writing is clear and effective, avoiding many of the pitfalls that can plague self-published authors. The prose reads like something that would be conventionally published with the benefit of an editing staff. I did not encounter any noticeable grammatical or stylistic problems and found the text highly readable.
The story is typical for the urban fantasy genre - high school boy discovers mystical powers and has to save the world, plus some first love romance mixed in.
Apart from some minor flaws in the writing (spelling mistakes, confusing jumps from one chapter to another) the two major complaints I have are the following:
- Boring characters. There is just nothing special about any character (apart from their powers). Don't get me wrong, the characters are likeable and fit into the story, they are just not ... interesting.
- Inconsistencies in the story and world. While the whole concept of multiple dimensions/versions of the earth and so on has potential, it introduces a rather complex universe and there a several logical faults in the story. And I am not talking about physics. Rather flaws which result from the concept of the universe the author himself introduced. Plus, there is very little explaining done about ... well ... a lot of things. Sometimes the story feels rushed. A lot of things just seem to happen to move the story forward.
While this might sound pretty negative, the book is actually quite entertaining and some of the things I mentioned can easily be overlooked.
I would recommend this series for readers who like urban fantasy and are looking for new reading material.