Taking the Time to Applaud and Celebrate Others!
As a new writer at the beginning of this journey into the creative process, I am fascinated with the new opportunities authors have with the advent of self-publishing platforms. One of the best things we can do as a writer is read, read, read (and read even more) content from our genre.
Below is a review of a recent book I enjoyed reading on my Amazon Kindle from author Kent Wayne (AKA Dirty Sci-Fi Buddha). Check it out!
A Book Review
Two very different, competing desires drive an avid fantasy fiction reader’s decision to delve into a new book series. On the one hand, we all long to experience again the joy felt while reading a celebrated epic fantasy classic. Yet, we also choose to explore the work of new authors because we hope to encounter something fresh, unique, and unexpected. Kent Wayne endeavors valiantly to fulfill both of these needs with his first YA fantasy novel, A Door Into Evermoor.
The story introduces Jon, a college student struggling to find his life’s purpose. A bizarre chance encounter with a marine recruiter sets the young man onto the path of “something different.” The reader follows Jon into an alternate world comfortably familiar to fantasy fiction fans. But, Kent Wayne quickly surprises us while elucidating how Evermoor has recently fallen upon ill-times. A well-meaning wizard has created a vast network of magical forces, allowing instant communication and travel. Although initially used for the well-being of all, this magical technology lends itself to misuse and the rapid rise of hatred and tyranny. Sound familiar? If you read purely for escapism, fear not! There is plenty of arcane spell casting, sword-fighting, tavern brawling, pick-pocketing, and adventuring to satisfy any RPG enthusiast. The story’s tone alternates between light-hearted goofiness with frequent comical asides and moments of philosophical musing.
How the author attempts to draw parallels with actual current events does stand out. Anyone looking to contemplate the human condition playfully should read this novel. Kent Wayne follows a rich tradition of fantasy authors who use fiction to explore and better understand the world. This nascent epic series works both as a tale rendering the events of the quest to destroy evil and as a chronicle of personal growth. The Door to Evermoor subtly gently explores an individual’s fight to forge a uniquely meaningful life. The book’s more profound message argues misfortune results when a person resigns themselves to living a life full of monotonous routines, neglecting to exercise free will.
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Just in case you missed it here’s link to book I just reviewed: A Door Into Evermoor (The Unbound Realm Book 1)