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The are the typical family, that is, except Austin possesses abilities beyond loving Sesame Street, putting things in the grocery cart when his mother is not looking; a mysterious hooded stranger stalks the family; and a creature with a red "eye" tries to take Austin.
Mr. Taylor's superlative descriptive writing style and foreshadowing reminds me of the wonderful writing of Stephen King. Similar to Mr. King, Mr. Taylor weaves the story of a normal, happy family. Then, he sketches in the darker elements, giving the reader chills and speculations of what will happen next. Mr. Taylor's description of the bully, Kevin Wotlinski, made me want to put the little twerp in a corner until he could act like a normal human being!
Growing up can be difficult enough, including feeling the first stirrings of young love, without being hunted, dodging various blood-thirsty creatures, dealing with magical abilities, and trying to stay alive.
Grab this book today. It's a great adventure.
Synopsis (from the author):
Our destruction is soon
Our hero is now
A mild quake struck the exact moment Austin Cooper was born.
When he was two years old an unidentified man saved his life, and he was five when the man guided him during his first use of a remarkable ability. At age seven, the man told Austin the talent he had was unique among anyone else in existence, and given to ensure his role as future protector of an ancient and powerful artifact. Later that day, the man departed Earth, taking the object he had possessed for centuries, and leaving behind a world condemned to destruction by the brooding, alien malevolence it contained.
Now, Austin matures with the understanding that no one else has the ability to manipulate time, to move through it at a different level, a different speed. No one else can simply disappear to a place far away, a parched, bleak, and inhospitable wasteland. The trouble is, neither should Austin. Without control of the artifact, he achieves the supposedly impossible, and reveals himself to another realm, to others that require him, preferably alive, but otherwise would suffice.
And things just aren’t getting any easier. There are the seemingly real and vivid dreams that plague him over the years, his ongoing struggle to keep the truth from his loving family, and the prospect of all-out war with a vengeful school bully, intent on destroying the only person able to defeat his cruel and callous deeds. Well... take a number and get in line.
Half the Universe is already waiting.
What I liked: The characters that Liam Taylor introduces are not typical. Jeff and Dee, a young married couple, move into their first house and have a son, Austin, followed a couple of years later by Austin’s sister, Stephanie. The family is normal and a very upbeat and positive group – except that Austin has special powers. We first discover the powers when a creature tries to take him from the family home. A mysterious guardian, who pops in occasionally, when Austin needs him, stops the creature and saves Austin’s life. Add to the mix a hulking New Zealander and his gorgeous wife (Austin and Stephanie's babysitter), and there are lots of characters to enjoy! The story develops nicely from there. A nice blend of science fiction and fantasy, and a touch of first love romance thrown in, the book was a good read.
What I didn’t like: I know Austin is a model child and teen, but the dialogue between him and his parents was a little too perfect. The book did tend to drag a little in places, and there were some unconnected events that didn’t seem to have much to do with the overall story. That's about all I didn't like about it.
Overall impression: A good start to the Shard Chronicles. Solid storytelling, interesting characters, and a slowly unfolding tale of a young man’s growth into an unknown destiny made this an enjoyable book!
My rating: 4 Stars
The Shard Chronicles is a journey that takes the reader deep into the personal life of our hero starting at the toddler
years all the way through to young manhood. It's a different kind of hero story that focuses not so much on the action or the enemy, but on the events and environment that drive our hero. What is a hero without something to lose? What is a hero without something to fight for? Where does a hero find his courage and his perseverance? That's what Liam Taylor is exploring with The Shard Chronicles.
What impressed me the most was the way that Liam Taylor adhered to the duality. Taking the reader so deeply into the 'normal' life of our hero that you could lose yourself in his life only to be whipped back into the plot giving the reader a sense of what it must be like for the main character to experience these events.
With regard to character development, scene setting, scene transitioning, and overall writing style, Liam has woven a well thought out story which is nicely crafted and clearly written. The characters are warm and caring in this story where our hero is at a true disadvantage compared to his enemy. Hopefully, in the next book, we will learn more about the enemy, the elder mentor, and the inevitable conflict at hand.
I'd recommend this book to anybody who likes a deep dive into the real life of a developing hero. It's a great book for any reader who wants to know what it takes to make a hero... and I suspect, it also eludes to just what can break our hero. Where\what is Austin's 'Kryptonite'?
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