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Wham! (Timewalker Book 1) Kindle Edition
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|Age Level: 13 - 18|
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Wham! is a work of hyperfantasy dystopian fiction penned by authors Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps,and it forms the first book in the Timewalker Series. Combining the elements oftraditional fantasy and fairy stories with the harsh political realities of adark and dangerous government system, the plot centers on Tess and her familyjust as they are torn apart. The World Alliance rules with an iron fist,governing for the supposed good of all, but Tess and her sister Nia know fromexperience that this is not the case. Tess vows to reconnect and tear down thebarriers made by the Alliance, and she knows she must discover actual magic inorder to power her own revolution.
From slow adaptation and indoctrination to the sudden seizure of everythingthey hold dear, the story of Tess and the Greenwood family rings truethroughout history for its chilling qualities, right from the novel's take-off.Considering this is a tale which contains fairy people, trolls and magic, therealities of the dystopian world which play out are incredibly realistic andgenuinely frightening. For Tess, magic is the way forward, but there are alsomindsets to change and ideologies to destroy, and authors Carol Marrs Phippsand Tom Phipps handle them extremely well with their delicate prose and strongdialogue. Overall, Wham! is an unusual combination of a novel which will packmuch more of a serious punch than you expect. Highly recommended for adult andolder teen readers alike.
Review Rating: 5Stars
- File size : 2953 KB
- Publication date : May 14, 2016
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 553 pages
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Publisher : Carol Marrs Phipps & Tom Phipps; 1st edition (May 14, 2016)
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B01FPLZGSO
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #769,940 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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And I did not speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
And I didn't speak out because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
And I did not speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for me,
And then there was no one left to speak out for me."
Does the quotation noted above resonate with you in any way? The possibility of individual rights and freedoms being gradually stripped away. The very lives of individuals at risk while others stay silent in witness to such atrocities in hopes that they themselves will remain safe. Grim notions indeed! Now take these weighty thoughts and sprinkle in some thrilling fantasy in the form of trolls, wizards and fairies who are attempting to survive in an oppressive dystopian world. For lovers of intelligent and imaginative fictional fantasy which will engross you from start to finish... Wham! by Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps is a top pick!
The novel primarily follows the escapades of the Greenwood family. They are living under the cruel and tyrannical rule of the World Alliance who have seized power from all the governments in the world and united as one supreme power. All individuality, freedom and liberty has been removed from the citizens of the world in the name of the "greater good". Under the constant and watchful eye of the crystal spying balls called skinwelers, all citizens have to be extremely careful and cognizant of their every action. One false move under this unforgiving realm will lead to utter disaster. Alas, a lesson the Greenwood family finds out first hand. One night their home is invaded by government agents and the family is moved, separated and forced into unbearable situations. It is under these conditions that we are able to see the formation of a resistance begin in this fantastical world. Will the Greenwoods ever come back together as one? Or will the dark and evil forces ultimately impose their will on this mystical world?
I found the plot of this novel to be very fast-paced, engaging and utterly creative. The coming of age theme is supported by beautifully flowing writing which is full of action while it pokes and stirs up a variety of emotions within the reader at the same time. For instance, you cannot help but become entirely livid...yet hopeful... by the abusive situations which the Greenwoods are forced to endure. All of this takes place within an imaginative story-world in which this breathtaking setting is entirely darkened by the oppressive overtones contained within. Such juxtaposition is not only clever, but entirely captivating as well. If I had any "complaint" to make about the book, it would be that some of the language is hard to comprehend as it takes place in various tongues (e.g., fairy and troll). However, to be clear, this was quite necessary to make the story more authentic and believable. Potential lack of believability in a fantasy story-world will kill any novel very quickly. Also, it must have taken the authors a great deal of effort to concoct the language. It just sometimes impeded with the wonderful flow of the story for me personally.
There are also a plethora of very intriguing characters in this novel. They are not your typical cast of human players however. There is a dynamic mix of trolls, wizards, faeries and humans. One of the elements which makes this story so great is that in such a "fairy tale" like atmosphere, the characters are very believable and authentic. They face dire and devastating circumstances and still find the fortitude within to rise up against such overpowering odds. Tess, who can certainly be seen as the main protagonist, is a perfect example of such a well developed character. We see a great deal of growth in her and Nia, and get the sense that something very big is yet to come.
Overall I found this novel to be an excellent read and I would highly recommend it to all readers. It is actually very difficult to "categorize" it as one particular genre. It hits so many different interests and groups: fantasy, science fiction, mystery, political thriller...you get the picture!
Meanwhile, her sister Nia finds herself imprisoned in comfort, but now a sexual hostage for high-ranking members of the government. You’ll find no graphic sexual descriptions. All acts of any sexual nature are briefly and tastefully alluded to, not described. The ruling “Potentate” takes exclusive advantage of Nia’s services connecting her to the pinnacle of the government.
Both Tess and Nia discover the need for the magic residing inside Fairy Rings. Making the best use of the magic and comradery Tess finds inside the Fairy Rings, she has some success at the end of her journey. Nia grows ever closer to escaping the realm of the Potentate. Her friends Jill and Sam help her.
I won’t spoil the end.
The book has solid writing, the plot and characters flow well throughout, and the ending left me ready to read the next book in the series. Grammar and punctuation are excellent throughout.
I find it easy to recommend this book as five-star reading, as I have another by the same authors.
The story starts with the government brutally whisking away Tess’s parents and sister, Nia. Nia is taken to the Capital and is forced to be a sex-worker for the Potentate (the main antagonist). Despite this role, there isn’t any explicit sex in the book, and her role quickly changes. Tess is assigned to live with a couple of mean-spirited derelicts, the Warrens. Book One focuses on Tess’s and Nia’s adjustment, as well as Tess’s discovery of her heritage and her attempt to rescue her parents with the help of the underground.
The characters all struck me as three-dimensional and authentic with full emotional lives and flaws. Maxi, the troll, has a unique way of speaking which I found incredibly creative. There is also some fairy-speak, which was difficult to read and understand, but short in duration (thank goodness). As part of the world-building, it was all a lot of fun.
Great pace and clever writing with vivid descriptions. The plausibility suffers a tiny bit when all the magical beings come together for the big showdown, but it’s well-done overall, and things don’t go magically well, of course. The book ends smack dab at the climax of the action. Be prepared to read the next book or you’ll be left hanging. If readers can deal with the abrupt end and plan to continue with the series, I can highly recommend this fantasy novel.
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Right from the opening chapter, when the family of Tess Greenwood is torn away by the faceless and sinister Children and Family Assistance, you get a real sense of tension in this story. The world Tess lives in is oppressed and controlled by a brutal government, who watch the citizens with ‘Skinnies’ or ‘skinwelers,’ controlling their lives at any opportunity.
The world the authors have created is well thought out and a rich array of characters introduced as the story progresses. The characters range from Humans, trolls and elves to fairies and shapeshifters (called skinwalkers) so something for everyone. My favourites are Maxie, a troll and Bart the Crow, who is awesome.
The action builds as the story progresses, so although it starts off at a slow pace, it picks up the more you read. There is even a prison break out, which was much needed to relieve all the oppression. I cheered the characters on at that point, the fight back had begun.
The language used by two of the characters (Maxi and Teeuh) is a little hard to understand in places. You have to focus on the sounds of the letters rather than how the words are spelt, but (in my view) that just adds to this books charm.
I would recommend this book and look forward to the release of the next in the series.
For me the problem with series is that the necessary hook often leaves the reader without a sense of closure. True, if the ending is definite, there’s no reason to continue. All the same, there are several examples of series (e.g. by Guy Gabriel Kay or Ursula Le Guin) where every part has a conclusion, although the readers want to know what happens next.
This doesn’t detract from the excitement and heart-stopping agitation that Wham gives its audience.
The book ends with a cliffhanger and I am dying to know what happens to Tess and Nia, and what is in store for the elves, trolls, and other magical creatures that appear in the story. I hope we won't have to wait too long for the sequel!
Wham! Is a first book in a new series that promises more books to follow. Much more could be said about this fantasy world, but I leave it to you – the reader, to come and join Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps to explore and escape into a world like no other. In which some never knew existed. This is where the real world unites with the imagination of the uniquely fantasy woven tale by Carol Marrs Phipps and Tom Phipps. Enjoy!