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Realm Keepers: Episode One (A Teen Wizard Fantasy) (Realm Keepers Episodes) Kindle Edition
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The moment I opened the ebook, I took to the layout. Having read many self published works, I can tell when an author has put time and effort into making their work as sharp and clean as possible for publishing, and the authors of this book definitely took the time to perfect it's look. This enhanced the story for me, as it wasn't distracting. Inviting, without shoving the fact that it was awesome in my face. I like that.
But looks do not make a book, and I am all too aware of this. The actual story held my interest captive in it's palm, refusing to let me go. I went from saying "I'll read one chapter," to "one more," and then half, and before I knew it I had reached the end, and it was 2am. What?
I won't lie and say the book presents teenage life in a new way. Some parts such as the nerdy girl crushing hard on the most popular boy in school, are basic and made me roll my eyes. But the thing is, the way it's presented, it made me not care. Garrett Robinson and Z.C.Bolger managed to take character types I was all too familiar with--nerdy girl and jocks, goth kid, the bad boy, comic book nerd, shy girl, track star--and make me not care that I'd read about them before. Made me stay interested. And for that I say I'm impressed, because if I don't like a book, I stop. No questions, and few chances. I kept going. And going. And I'm moving on to the next episode.
The fantasy elements and humor really kept this book fresh. They are what set it apart. It was hilarious to watch the different reactions from the characters, and the fantasy world didn't seem unbelievable or static. I could picture things in my mind like a movie, and no explanation seemed "convenient." It all made sense, and was easy to swallow. More than a few times I found myself laughing out loud. And turning the page. And the end keeps you wanting more without being frustrated. I'm now a fan of both these authors. I want to know what happens next. On to the next episode for me, and I highly suggest you check this book out. It's a rare find.
To start with, this book is not without some issues. The style seems younger than YA, reading more like Narnia as I said above, which I would consider preteen (At least that's when I read Narnia). Or maybe the first Harry Potter. That's not a major negative, but it's something to keep in mind if you're expecting a book pitched for an older audience. This is apparent mostly in the language used and the handling of a battle scene.
The second issue I had was the large amount of exposition. We get introduced to the main character and her school life in quite a lot of detail. Once that's done, we're whisked to Midrealm where there's a lot more exposition. I think most of it was necessary, but it does slow the pace to a crawl for a large percentage of the book.
So why did I give it 5 stars? Well, my rating crept up significantly the further into the book I got. I am a fan of fantasy in general and I do like the alternate dimension books like Narnia, Piers Anthony's Phase series, etc. Once the actual action got going, there was a significant bump in interest on my part. As this is the first episode in a series, I'm guessing that the exposition is now done and we can get to the real core of the story.
The setting is interesting and fresh. I'll be very interested to read future installments to find out just what's going on.
I'd recommend this book, with the caveat that you have to give it a good 60% before it starts to pick up. Once it does pick up, however, it is a very good read.
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