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About the Author
He accomplished a degree in Theater and Writing. He is a Reiki Master and enthralled with all things mystic and paranormal. He possesses numerous tarot decks and has had at least one out-of-body experience... maybe two.
When he's not concocting a new story, he's brewing up some eats or drinks in his cauldron (kitchen).
- ASIN : B013D8D9BW
- Publisher : IaNSANE Productions (August 3, 2015)
- Publication date : August 3, 2015
- Language : English
- File size : 2325 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 465 pages
- Lending : Enabled
Best Sellers Rank:
#1,406,196 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- #2,006 in Religious Science Fiction & Fantasy (Kindle Store)
- #2,215 in Psychic Thrillers
- #2,356 in Native American Literature (Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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It took me a bit to read this book, and every page was a fantastic journey through space, time, and dimensions.
Ian has used discriptions, character building and dialog to pull readers into a perfectly structured tale of medieval druids, magick, and modern denial that magick exists.
Relationships are built, others destroyed, but I am confident that the questions I ended with will be mastrrfully answered in the next tome.
Well done, Ian. I will wait with bated breath!
Max moves to a new town and soon discovers his "sickness" is not as he thought causing him unexpected events. Max and his friends band together to solve the mystery as well as make things right.
I am looking forward to continue Max's story and to read more of whatever Mr. Cadena has to offer.
Top reviews from other countries
Max Dane is a perfectly rounded, perfectly realized character. Here is a boy on the verge of becoming a teenager who has to deal with his emerging sexuality, not to mention his extraordinary paranormal abilities. I loved Max, and the scenes where he is in the Conundrum cafe with Cassandra and Jonas bring every page to life. But, it is his relationship with swimming stud Chance that feels so very real. So many of us have been through what Max experiences and sometimes it is painful to read. The familial rejection, the bullying, the horror of school, the feeling of having no worth, it is there on the page for you to see in all its agonizing glory, and boy, did I feel it. I felt every moment of it. Seldom have I read a character in a book of this nature that I so completely identify with, and he is written so beautifully.
Ravencrest is a deadly place. The story expertly shifts between this paranormal haven and the middle ages where we first meet the three witches, the Sisters Grimm. Oh how I love these witches! A cross between the witches of Shakespeare's Macbeth and The Golden Girls, the three sisters are a joy on paper and their sparkling repertoire leaps off the page. Then, there is the Knightmare, the glowing green Knight from the distant past who gives Max such a difficult time in the present. All I can say is, that by the time I reached the end, and all the dots were joined, I could only sit back with my mouth agape and marvel at the author's genius, and the guts it took to tell this incredible story.
I cannot even begin to get my head around all the research the author undertook to create this complex tapestry of beautiful words, because that is what this is. It is a stunning, complex, intelligent work of literature that needs to be read and needs to sit on your shelf. I wait with baited breath for the next book, so cleverly named in the last line of this novel, and I know that when all of these books are out that I will be reading them again from start to finish, non stop. The author has created a startling new mythology here, superbly interwoven with superstition and legend that left me breathless.
Oh, and if you look real closely, there are links here to the authors other works, and a certain film about UFO's that made me laugh out loud!!! There are not enough stars in this universe, or the Nexus, to adequately rate this stunning book. Read it. Marvel at the use of language. Love these amazing characters. But most of all, tip your hat to a masterful story teller at the top of his game.
There are many POV points in this book but the story was good if as I say confusing at times.
I'd like to know what's going to happen to poor Max bring on the next book.
As I started this book I wasn’t sure what to expect, knowing other books of the author which are more to the funny side of fantasy life. It didn’t take to long for me to get into the story, whereas I had to accustom first to the back and forth switching between the then and now. While disturbing a bit for me at first it had been pretty clear after a while that; to understand the present, you must first understand the past. I fell in love with Max pretty quickly, and my heart was bleeding for him on so many levels. I think I never was reading a book before where I would have wrapped the main character in cotton wool and commit a murder without blinking an eye. At almost 12 years old, Max is used to be left alone to deal with his nightmares, “seizures and hallucinations”. After moving to Ravencrest and finding friends like Jonas, Cassandra and not to forget Chance it seems like things are getting different, or not… As if it wouldn’t be enough to deal with psycho babbles and an uncaring mother, there is Derek who also makes life difficult for him on a daily base.
I really enjoyed the parts where Max had been allowed just to be the typical 12 year old boy, with not much care in the world, while hanging out with his friends in the CONUNDRUM Café, carving pumpkins, or being close to his first crush Chance. Even though the book was more on the serious side, there also had been some parts that made me chuckle or even laugh out loud. I just loved the Sisters Grimm and absolutely could see them starring in Ian Cadena’s Hard Boy series and am sure that would be hilarious. The only thing I really hated was the last two chapters and epilogue, but it wouldn’t be a series if it wouldn’t stop with a very heart stopping cliffhanger.
Altogether I think this book was a Masterpiece! I could tell that there was a lot of research done for this book and after reading it I’m more convinced than ever about the authors writing skills. I’m just happy that I waited so long for to read it, because now I hopefully won’t have to wait long for the sequel to come out. As for the audio book; I switched back and forth between reading and listening to the book. I was more than happy to learn that Mr. Cadena himself spoke the book on audio, first of because I think there is no better way/person to bring out the emotions of a book like the writer himself and second because I always like to have a voice to the face. Speaking of, I really liked the voice and its slang very much, though for some words I had to double check while reading. One English is not like another and being more used to the Canadian English some words had been a whole new experience for me.