Title: The Fall of Brackenbone
Author: Roy Huff
Series: Everville #4
Genre: Teen Fantasy
Two very different worlds, Easton Falls University and the magical realm of Everville are in dire need of a hero. Owen Sage embarks on an epic journey of monumental proportions to save these worlds all while fighting to keep the world within himself intact. This quest is not for the faint of heart nor is it for the weak of mind—only the bravest will succeed.
Discovering the well-kept secret of The Fourth Pillar of Truth is only part of the feat. Owen will have to outwit the ever-powerful villain Governor Jahal and overcome countless other challenges along the way. Amongst all of the dragons, giants and grand chaos, will Owen’s acquired skills and wisdom be enough to save both worlds or will peril be the ultimate fate of all?
Source: Review copy from the author
Despite being the fourth book in the Everville series, I was assured that this works well as a standalone. Personally, I’m not completely convinced. While there is a lot of catch up info peppered throughout the first few chapters, I do feel like I missed some nuances here and there between the characters and in the worlds themselves. It doesn’t help that the writing style is very dialogue heavy, with a more tell than show approach, pinging the action about here there and everywhere without a scene break in sight.
It is good, though, and well written, but this style isn’t my favourite and doesn’t really work for me. I like to be immersed in a world and a story rather than sat down and told all about it. I also feel that this story is one for the boys. This is thanks to the overwhelmingly male characters. There are a few named females here and there, but only as accessories to men – wives, girlfriends, a female friend. Even the female general didn’t seem as powerful as her male counterparts. It also irked me that the Pillars of Wisdom seem to all be male too. Nice. Don’t let the university age of the Owen fool you either, these characters definitely act like they’re more in their early teens.
Overall this is a good read for a certain audience. There’s lots going on, the action passes swiftly and there’s loads of dialogue. If you like adventure and plot-driven stories then you will probably love this. If you prefer more character-led tales, or worlds and stories you feel like you can step into, then this might not be for you. Either way, I’d probably recommend starting at the beginning of the series as I think it would be more enjoyable.
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