Thursday, June 28, 2012

Advent by James Treadwell

Gav knew he could see things no one else could.  His parents told him he was making up stories and not to talk about it with them or anyone else.

Atria Books and Net Galley gave me a copy of this ebook to read for review (thank you).  The book will be published next week and it is the beginning of a new series.  Make a note to pick it up if you like magic and high adventure.

The premise for this story is intriguing and interesting.  A great mage from the 1500's is seeking immortality and power and he doesn't care who he hurts or kills along the way.  Gav is living in the present day and knows nothing of this battle between a goddess and a mage.  He just knows Miss Grey visits him.  And his parents think he's seeing things.

When he gets sent to his aunt's house for the summer so his parents can travel, he finds no one to greet him at the train station and no one home at her house.  That's just the beginning of strange events...

I enjoyed this story a lot, but I found the author was a bit verbose.  Other readers may enjoy the history and lengthy descriptions of the past, but I found it took a bit away from the current story.  I will admit my preferred mode of reading is short stories, so that probably prejudices my opinion.  

Gav turns out to be Gawain, he meets a mermaid, and he loses the mermaid's daughter.  There are three main young characters involved in this quest for magic and I found it easy empathize with them.  They are protected (although they don't realize it) and when they act on their own and open the door to danger, the action picks up and takes off.  I kept reading to see what happened and how it resolved itself.  This book is the first one in the series and I know Gawain and his friends will be back and still fighting evil in the next book.

If you'd like to walk on the wild side of magic, this book will take you there.  Why not give it a read and see what you think?

Happy reading.

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