Sunday, March 31, 2013

{Review} The Land of Ather: Day One of the "Quest for the Golden Book" Story by P. R. Aquilone

File Size: 328 KB
Page Count: 161
Copyright: January 4, 2012
Publisher: Laughing Rain Dancer

Book Summary:
(Taken from Amazon)

Thunderstruck by an enigmatic bookstore owner, John Kardinairo finds himself magically transported to the strange land of Ather. Challenged to find the mysterious Golden Book in seven days, he reluctantly begins an adventure with the help of Lord Mathetes, who once almost completed the same quest. Accompanied by Burech, a fairy-like person who knows all too well the evil that lies in wait, John struggles to survive while defying the fearsome Zanachs to save a woman's life. Will he fall victim to the evil Lord Aquzar's clutches or rise victoriously to achieve his quest?

Mandy's Review:

Since I've begun reviewing books approximately three years ago, I've come to enjoy quite a few fantasy novels. Those that are familiar with my preferences know that fantasy was not a genre that I cared for when first starting out. The Land of Ather is unique in that it is a christian-, or religious-, based fantasy. As I was reading through day one of John's journey, I could easily recognize various Bible stories very familiar to me. Don't let that scare you away, though. If you're not familiar with the Bible, The Land of Ather will simply read as a fantasy with no hidden meaning for you. Either way, The Land of Ather is quite enjoyable.

The imagery of the Ather is quite vivid and easy to imagine while reading. The characters are also quite intriguing and unique. I had a feeling that some of the good guys may be a tad bit bad, but since this only covers day one of John's seven day journey, I haven't had the chance to find out for sure.

Mr. Aquilone's writing style is okay. I believe, though, that as time goes on and he writes more of John's story that his writing will improve. Practice makes perfect, as people say.

This is a very promising start to what will be a highly vivid and imaginative read for fantasy lovers.

*An ecopy of the book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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