- Series: The Chronicles of Freylar (Book 1)
- Paperback: 346 pages
- Publisher: Liam W H Young; 1 edition (July 1, 2016)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1782807772
- ISBN-13: 978-1782807773
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.8 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 8 customer reviews
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I really loved the story, ok it was unoriginal but it's one you don't see a lot anymore, I can't wait to read the next one! Some editing is needed though that's why it isn't a full five stars.
Before I get to the good bits, I must say, when I started reading it my first thought was “I think the author swallowed a thesaurus”. He doesn’t use normal, everyday language. As well as unusual vocabulary, he also uses unusual grammar, so it took me a while to get into the rhythm of his writing style. I soon got used to it though, and stopped noticing. Once you get to Freylar, the language style seems to fit very well, and I can understand why the author chose it.
I have got one gripe that almost had me giving up early on. He mostly referred to characters simply as ‘he’ or ‘she’ instead of giving their name, which in the first couple of chapters was frustrating to me. I’d sometimes get through a whole page or two before I knew who I was reading about. When I read a novel of any kind, I like to connect with/become the main character, and lose myself completely in the book. The lack of identity kept me distanced, and made me feel more like an observer instead of a participant in the story. Once I got to know the characters and the situations they were each in, I was able to get into it fully, and I’m glad I did.
The characters are well-rounded, intelligent, emotional and real. I could identify with all of them. The story is set in two worlds, an alternate version of our own, and Freylar. The new world, the people in it, and the challenges they face, were fascinating, inventive, enchanting, and had me gripped. I will definitely be reading the next book in the series to see how the characters develop and what other adventures they face.
I can imagine this appealing to men and women equally. There are various strong male and female characters, facing personal growth, quests, and battles – something for everyone.
Young uses a wide vocabulary to describe both the cruel dystopian world that we are first introduced to when we meet Callum and also the fantastical world of Freylar that we later exposed to. Some of the vocabulary used is unusual but that fits the subject matter and feel of the tale completely.
The story is well paced and structured with the right mix of dialog description and action to keep the tale flowing towards the conclusion. The transition between the two worlds via flashback can be jarring at first but when you get used to it helps to break up events and better explain the motivations of the main character by filling in the gaps of his history before he ends up in Freylar.
Looking forward to the next part!
Looking forward to the next part!