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On the critical side, this reads like a YA book -- the main character is quite young. But in many ways the main character doesn't think like an average mixed-up 13-year-old kid would think (or not think, as the case may be). The main character seems to harbor solid personal beliefs and a more-or-less grounded personal philosophy similar to the level of a 20-something young adult with college and few years of life-experience already under his belt: not like a junior-high school student. Heh -- would that I could have been anywhere near as level-headed as this kid is portrayed as being when I was 13.........grant the average 13-year-old astounding, god-like magical powers.........and woe betide the world: and especially the people immediately around that empowered 13-year-old. I am reminded of the Twilight Zone episode.......with the kid who sentenced those who displeased him "to the cornfield."
But I suppose that this kid is special. All of the other characters in the book -- including his enemies -- certainly think so. Or if they don't think so at first, then they end up thinking so.
It will be interesting to see where the author goes with the light-vs-dark "balance" idea in the sequels -- many fantasy writers these days go with the Eastern-inspired view that "good" and "evil" -- moral concepts which are then made equivalent to "creation" and "destruction" -- are both somehow necessary in order to achieve "balance" in the universe. Such a philosophical view makes Ted Bundy just as valid in his own way as Paul the Apostle in his.
The correct view is that evil is a cancer -- all-consuming, addictive, demanding, dark, and ultimately self-destructive to the very body that it infests -- thus killing itself in the process of existing. There is no such thing as "balance" -- at least not in this sense of evil somehow being the necessary negative "equivalent" to good. Evil is nothing but the corruption of good -- and often the counterfeit of good. So -- I am curious as to where this author will go with the "balance" idea.
This story was good enough to convince me to purchase the sequel. Which means that it is an entertaining story.
(Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to review, however complimentary copies do not guarantee that I will review the book, and do not sway my opinion on the story.)
The main character is smart and of sound moral judgement - he's a young man thrust into a whole new world of magic and he deals with it amazingly well. Then again, he's not really given much of a choice. All the characters in the book are endearing, but you get to know more about some more than others. Hopefully this will be remedied in the following book(s). I really like the villains (wow - how many books can make you do that?!).
The author has created a complete theory about time travel and made it real with this book. He literally deals with every aspect - how it works, all manners of details with the artifacts used, etc. I also love the history/geography included in this book. I am absolutely blown away! This book includes history, geography, magic, a ton of character diversity in background and experience, a healthy dose of HUMOR, and much more. If you like any of the aforementioned subjects this is definitely a MUST read