If you are looking for a great read right now -- one you won't be able to put down and that will also leave you waiting for the next book in the series -- then take a look at "The Commons: Book 1: The Journeyman." The first novel of Michael Alan Peck, it leaves you breathless from the first page until the finish.
The plot is inventive and Peck makes his characters real and multifaceted from the get-go. "The Commons" is pure fantasy in its highest form. Not wanting to give too much away, one can say this much about the 300-page-plus novel and it's about the ultimate corporate raid and takeover. A nasty raider named Berby is taking over what amounts to Purgatory and the souls who are waiting are being given nasty things to do
It's up to the souls of a world-weary teen, an Afghanistan vet and her little boy, their guide, a gentle giant and a Shaoline priest whose fighting ability and anger problem make an interesting combination to save Peck's name for Purgatory, "The Commons." It is the place where your soul goes to rest before the final decision is made about your disposition.
That's about all I am going to say on the topic of the book, except to say that you have to read it. Peck is an impeccable writer. His characters are well-constructed and each one's story is believable.
Fantasy is one of my favorite forms of entertainment reading and "The Commons" was another one that had me reading right from the end of dinner until breakfast the next morning. Then, I cleaned up, shaved and had my coffee and I finished the book. I just couldn't put it down.
I could go on and on with kudos about Peck's ability, his characterization, his plotting, even his syntax and I would still find more to rave about. You'll agree with that assessment, too, if you pick up "the Commons" because you won't put it down until you've finished it.
One last comment is this, if this is Peck's first major novel and he is the young writer the dust jacket copy notes he is I think I can safely say my reading pleasure will be fulfilled for many years to come. He is just that good.