A fascinating world filled with all manner of paranormal beings living side by side with mundanes but shadowed from ordinary sight. This book is just...moreA fascinating world filled with all manner of paranormal beings living side by side with mundanes but shadowed from ordinary sight. This book is just full of all kinds of twists and turns. While slightly uneven in momentum, the slower aspects are laced with relevant details. I'm looking forward to reading this series.(less)
This book has a fairly interesting premise. A teenage boy who hears voices in his head...four distinct voices. That alone is a fairly good start but a...moreThis book has a fairly interesting premise. A teenage boy who hears voices in his head...four distinct voices. That alone is a fairly good start but add to the mix that each of those distinct voices is an individual soul so he's not hearing voices because he's crazy but because he talks to them, everyone so far has assumed he's nuts. Add to that, each soul is gifted with abilities: time travel, predicting the future, raising the dead and possessing another person's body and now you have a pretty full mix.
That's only what we learn in the first few pages though and things get very complicated rather quickly because Aden soon discovers he's not the only weird thing in the world. There are also ghosts, vampires, werewolves, witches, fairies and goblins; all of which have taken a particular interest in him and that doesn't even take in to account that he his proximity to the dead creates flesh hungry zombies that he has to kill. He's had a rough life already but things really get complicated when a strange girl enters his life and sets off a chain of events that will probably get him killed.
There's quite a lot going on in this book. That might just be setup for the series but the book ends a bit abruptly. It would have been better to extend this story a bit further or move some of the plot components up in the timeline to even things out. It's not at all a bad story, just one that left me not really wanting more but like I was only halfway in an epic that someone sliced in half. Almost as if the entire book is about moment and we still haven't reached the summit.(less)
A much more engrossing ride than the first two books. This one grabs you from the first chapter and just keeps going with tons of revelations and plot...moreA much more engrossing ride than the first two books. This one grabs you from the first chapter and just keeps going with tons of revelations and plot twists.
I'm glad I stuck with this series. Merry and her merry men seem full of surprises and promises. (less)
Thom Creed is the teenage son of one of the worlds best know superheros but life hasn't been easy for him. His father was disgraced while trying to sa...moreThom Creed is the teenage son of one of the worlds best know superheros but life hasn't been easy for him. His father was disgraced while trying to save the world and his mother disappeared years ago. To top it off, Thom must deal with being a gay teen with budding superpowers of his own; both of which will not go over well with his father.
I honestly don't ever recall reading a book so quickly. This was an incredibly fast read with an engrossing story; much like reading a comic book but without the pictures. With the exception of thinly veiled heroes most comic fans are sure to recognize, there's nothing contrived. Each of the main character's is unique and well imagined and the pieces of the plot drift steadily together like practiced marching band a half time.
It's a shame we lost Perry Moore earlier this year. I would have enjoyed reading more of his work.(less)
Daniel North is a descendant of Norse gods with the knack for language and magical gifts but his particular gifts are considered dangerous and he must...moreDaniel North is a descendant of Norse gods with the knack for language and magical gifts but his particular gifts are considered dangerous and he must keep them hidden to stay alive. Thankfully he's smart and resourceful and gets help along the way. Help that comes from others like him but not his own family which may want him either dead or see him as a means to an end.
I think this is only the second Orson Scott Card book that I've read, the other being Songmaster and in both cases I've finished the books being both satisfied and unsure. The worlds he creates are rich and textured as are his characters but there are elements of his writing style that puzzle me a little.
This book for example may seem like a good choice for young adult readers since the main character is a teenager but almost none of the stories deals with issues most teens face. Ironically he reads novels meant for teenagers just to fit in.
The other aspect about Card is he draws emotional characters that sometimes don't go anywhere in the story while others that play key parts don't seem to have much depth at all. True, sometimes a character is needed to move a plot forward but often these characters are introduced at points where the story is already churning along and still other characters which seem to inject substantial details to the plot seem shallow.
I probably would only give the book 3 stars for the story itself but he does include an Afterword that ads some dimensions that might be explored in future books. I'm not sure if he plans to write these as an actual series or just a world with characters he will visit in future volumes. (less)