Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Visitor - A Review

Published - April 2015, HopeSprings Books
Author - W.G. Reese
Title - The Visitor
Format - ebook, paper
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Summary from Goodreads:
The divine blessings of Sior transformed the world of Ariel Leun into a paradise where people enjoy long lives in the company of mystical creatures. Winn, a transplant from the dark world of Draugh, reigns as a beloved King with his trusted advisor Caelan at his side, until the death of his Queen sends him spiraling into despair. Banishing Caelan and neglectful of his duties, King Winn is unaware that an old enemy, Garthpha, plots to take the throne.

Rebelling against their father's retreat into seclusion, the heirs of Ariel Leun travel the passages of the Red Stone to Draugh where four warring Kings scheme to capture them, exploit their inner light, and deliver them to Garthpha as tribute. Can the children be rescued before their light is extinguished and evil takes the throne of Ariel Leun, plunging it into darkness?

My thoughts:
I like science fiction. I like fantasy. I have a hard time reading allegorical novels though. And that's really what this one is. 

From the beginning of the book, I was lost. I had no idea what was going on through it, but I hung on and managed to muddle through it. Even at the end of the book, I still was lost. Maybe that was because I wasn't really in a mood to read science fiction/fantasy. I recognize the fact that when I'm not in a mood to read something, I typically will struggle with it.  And that was probably the case with this book. 

I will say that the book was well written. The characters are well developed and deep. I was just lost. So while this book probably wasn't one for me, others may still enjoy it. The books I've read from this publisher, I HAVE enjoyed.

I received the Kindle copy of this book for free from the publisher for the purpose of reviewing. My thoughts and opinions are my own. 

Recommended to fans of allegory, Anne Elisabeth Stengel

Rating - 3 stars - Just because I wasn't in a mood to read this book and it didn't appeal to me, isn't enough of a reason for me to rate it 2 stars.



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