Publication date: September 2015
Page count: 104 pages
*I was sent a copy of this book by the author in exchange for an honest review.
When a young boy Syrdan arrives to a mythical city of Averot’h, everything seems perfect. Both humans and wizards live here in peace and harmony, four Spires shine brightly high in the skies, wizards cruise the air on their tephirs and an Arena, a place of a magic tournament, is just amazing…
But within the City of Mages, something is badly wrong. What was meant to be a brief trip turns into a battle to save his brother, his new love and his own life from the most powerful of mages…
An entertaining young adult novella from a unique fantasy world is just the first book of the Averot’h saga.
Alright, I can tell this is going to be one of the hardest book reviews I’ve ever had to write.
The author approached me on Goodreads and offered a free copy of his e-book in exchange for an honest review. And that’s exactly what I’m going to do. I’m going to be honest. (I couldn’t misguide or lie to my dear readers! So brace yourselves… this is going to be a bumpy ride!)
The general concept of the book is great! A land where wizards and humans live together, with tournaments, magical flying transport, secrets and spells (I’m trying not to give too much away in case you want to read the book). Hoooowever, the story doesn’t really flow, if you know what I mean. This is a 104 page story, but it could have easily been a 500 page book. There is a LOT of story packed into it. The author kind of rushes through the story, which can be confusing and/or disappointing at times.
Another problem I had with this book was how contradicting the characters were. Throughout the book the main characters would say one thing but their actions would lead to something else (Does that make any sense?). For example, at one point the main character is talking to a girl he had just met about wizards and mysteries that could put them in danger (they were scared and alert), when all of a sudden the girl simply undresses the guy and (I think!) they … do stuff…? but it’s not clear at all what happens. In one sentence they’re whispering about danger and all that, then she’s taking his clothes off, then the following sentence has them dressed again, looking tired and disheveled. What?!
I understand that translating a book is extremely hard (I remember helping my dad with his book!), but this one desperately needs to be edited and proofread by a native English speaker. I feel for the author, because I believe he truly put a lot of effort into this story and the concept is great, but whoever edited the book did a very poor job 😦